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Vacationland
Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches | John Hodgman
John HodgmanNew York Times bestselling author, semifamous personality, deranged millionaire, increasingly elderly husband, father, and human of Earthhas written a memoir about his cursed travels through two wildernesses: from the woods of his home in Massachusetts, birthplace of rage, to his exile on the coast of Maine, so-called Vacationland, home to the most painful beaches on Earth Vacationland is also about Hodgmans wandering in the metaphoric wilderness of his forties, those years when dudes especially must painfully stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weirder dads that they are. Other subjects covered include the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison, and advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god. After three bestselling books of fake facts, Hodgman is finally ready to tell the truthin the same outlandish, audacious, and inimitable style that has won him fans in every medium he has worked: books, stage, social media, television, and movies.
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Hoopiefoot
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Pickpick

My husband is NOT an audiobook fan, but we had a long drive this weekend to attend out of state wedding and I wanted to listen to something other than music. Downloaded this and it was a success! Kept his attention and I even caught him giggling a few times 😀

Hooked_on_books That‘s great! 4mo
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Croissonter
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“Everything ends; nothing lasts”

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Verity
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Pickpick

Really liked this. It made me laugh and is remarkably self aware, which is good because it could have been unbearable. Fun but quirky.

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Verity
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“I do not have a sweet tooth, I have an alcohol molar.”

Oh this book is making me laugh!

Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks 🤣🤣🤣 4mo
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Billypar
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Not what I was expecting, but I still enjoyed it. I thought the humor landed somewhere between Bill Bryson and David Sedaris (but closer to Bryson). But it was also serious at times, reflecting on what it means to be financially successful, male, and white, while living in Maine (evidently not known for its diversity). It felt honest rather than for show, and for all his talk of being a narcissist, the tone is pleasantly self-deprecating.

Suet624 He‘s always been more of a Bryson kind of guy for me. 4mo
Billypar @Suet624 The next time he goes cairn-making with Jonathan Coulton, they should really invite Bryson to join them 😁 4mo
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Ncostell
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Day 4 #7days7covers. I haven‘t read this one yet but felt this was an eye catching cover.

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tournevis
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NB fauna. #vacationlamd

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tournevis
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Obligatory jelly fish picture. #vacationland

UnidragonFrag 😍 7mo
Eyelit 😍😍😍 7mo
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tournevis
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Rained out morning. #vacationland #sologaming

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tournevis
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Wood church, painted by hand by the curate, Lamèque Island, NB. #vacationland

merelybookish Beautiful! 7mo
tournevis @merelybookish Rather amazing, indeed. 7mo
merelybookish I grew up in NB but so much of it I haven't seen! 😔 7mo
Suet624 Oh my! Gorgeous!!! 7mo
tournevis @merelybookish @Suet624 Worth the entire trip 7mo
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DebbieGrillo
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1. Scattered vacationland.
2. Litsy, Samsung Health, and Pokemon Go.
3. Vegetables of some sort.
4. This is my niece Lauren.
5. @kspenmoll @FantasyChick @Lacey
#wondrouswednesday @eggs

LibrarianJen I like your app priorities! 7mo
Eggs Great smile!!! Thanks for joining in 💗🤗 7mo
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Tralfamadorian
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This was very entertaining.

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Monpetitoiseau
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The most hilarious book I‘ve read in years. I laughed out loud so many times, nodded with my whole body in the silent-crying-laughter of agreement, and actually even sobbed in one instance. I need more John Hodgman in my life. (December 2018)

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Aimeesue
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Like Hodgeman, I am from Western Massachusetts, or western Western Massachusetts, as I grew up in the Berkshires. Rural dumps, swimming holes, hahaha! He‘s amusing the heck out of me.

Tex2Flo Bookbub.com has this one for $1.99 right now (edited) 14mo
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Violarama

There is no mansplaining like white mansplaining, because white mansplaining don't stop.

hgrimes This was a great book! 1y
Violarama @hgrimes I really enjoyed it and definitely thought of you a bunch of times! 1y
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britt_brooke
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⭐️⭐️⭐️ Just look at this pretty cover! Admittedly, I hadn‘t previously heard of John Hodgman. After a quick Google, I realized I knew him not from The Daily Show (because I never watched) nor from NPR‘s This American Life, but from the “Get a Mac” Apple campaign several years ago. 🤦🏼‍♀️

I like this brand of dry, offbeat humor (think watered-down David Sedaris), and quite enjoyed the audio version, narrated by the author.

Pamwurtzler He‘s the guy that was the PC? 1y
Pamwurtzler Thanks- I think I need to read that! 1y
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britt_brooke @Pamwurtzler 👍🏻 It was a funny, quick read. 1y
ferskner Weren't you trying to figure out who he was when we were at the bookstore? Oh, did you get this book there??? *was distracted by books* 1y
ferskner (this entire photo is fab, btw) 1y
britt_brooke @ferskner Thank you! 💚 I‘m trying to improve my photos, but keep it simple. And yes, you‘re right, haha ... I did buy it at The Book Shop. 1y
Suet624 He is delightful. And I‘d forgotten about that commercial. 1y
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britt_brooke
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▶️🎧 #libby #audiobook

This is right up my alley. I recently bought this in paperback, but decided to give it a listen instead. Hodgman‘s narration is 👌🏻👌🏻.

KathyWheeler I listened to this too — his narration was perfect. 1y
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Kathleenkelly
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Mehso-so

I thought this one was only so-so. I didn‘t think it was funny and it kind of annoyed me to hear about his two vacation homes. It‘s possible that I missed the humor because I listened to it at twice the normal speed.

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cykitan
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Even if New York paid just a dime a dozen for dumb dreamers like me, the city would go bankrupt in twenty-five minutes.

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moarbookspleaze
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This was recommended to me when I asked for audiobook recs on Tumblr. I was able to get it from the library so I checked it out and I am glad I did. I was pleasantly surprised by it. Love that the author narrated it himself.

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moarbookspleaze
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Current audiobook.

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CallMeIshmael
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Rainy Sunday and a bulldog on your lap makes for a great day

RadicalReader @CallMeIshmael love bull dogs they are such sweet and cute puppies 1y
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TheBookstorePodcast
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I‘ve really been able to up my book consumption this year with audiobooks. I read a lot of books I might not usually check out this way. And I can do other things while I read, like knit this baby blanket for my new niece!
It‘s also super convenient to get them on my phone through my library and Overdrive.
Do you listen to audiobooks? What do you like about them?

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christinacanread
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I really like Hodgman‘s humor. Even though he‘s known for fake facts (it is how I originally learned of him all those years ago), his truthy memoir is charming in Hodgman‘s way (and I only say “truthy” because there are a couple of faketoids — that he always immediately points out).

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shareyourghost
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“If you are expecting to laugh at what you are about to hear, you are missing the point. You should look forward instead to a kind of low inner chuckling, so dry and so deep inside you that you may not realize it is happening.”

Hodgman‘s summation of Maine Humor is also this book in a nutshell.

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christinacanread
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TFW you‘re flirting with your spouse by putting three boxes of Cheerios down the garbage disposal but it creates a sludge and clogs your pipes and you have to call the plumber (a.k.a Pipe Daddy) to come fix them 😂😂

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MallenNC
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Mehso-so

I read this for book club and it was just ok for me. Humor memoirs are so tough to write and I think I‘m not the reader for this. I did like the chapters about his mom and the one about the famous author who once lived in the town where Hodgman lives in Maine. But reading about a rich person with multiple homes wasn‘t my cup of tea.

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danibel
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“There are transitions in life whether we want them or not. You get older. You lose jobs and loves and people. The story of your life...”

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danibel

“[T]he people of Maine have a punishing streak of self-hatred that makes Bostonians seem like lighthearted imps.”

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danibel

“As a father now myself, it‘s sobering to think about how the smallest comments will ripple through your children‘s lives, with some leaving permanent warps... I must console myself in the certainty that I am helping them and damaging them in other ways I cannot see.”

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danibel

“[A] growing sense ate at me that I was no longer becoming something - the perpetual state of college - but ending up as something. I had difficulty tolerating that ambiguity. And so I grew anxious and depressed.”

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danibel
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Currently (re)reading, now with a +1 to Tactics from the flight suit

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cariashley
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I mostly liked this audiobook and it was well narrated by the author. Some parts, like the home ownership bits, made me laugh out loud. A good, quick diversion from some heavier listens lately.

hgrimes This book was a fun read! 2y
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tournevis
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#trivialthursday @GarthRanzz
1️⃣ Train. No question.
2️⃣ I'll go anywhere. But I like cities best. Big cities.
3️⃣ We rented a cottage in the middle of nowhere on a lake. I intend to rest.

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GinEyre22
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Current status of #LitsyAtoZ

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holarosarita

My review ruined this book‘s perfect score. 🤷🏻‍♀️

WanderingBookaneer 😂😂😂 2y
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holarosarita
Mehso-so

This was a remarkably slow read for me for such a slim volume. And I‘ve heard a couple of these tales before by virtue of being a #JJHO listener. The book leaves me with the uneasy feeling that while Hodgman is certainly aware of his privilege he doesn‘t seem to fully appreciate it. Anyway, I‘m going to use this one as my #acelebritymemoir for #readharder2018 because I have very little confidence in my ability to finish this challenge.

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holarosarita
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Did Hodgman secretly write Mom & Dad?

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holarosarita
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Super guilt-trippy copyright notice c/o Penguin.

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holarosarita
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Next up! Another non-challenge pick from the library. #lighthouses

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Redwritinghood
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This was between a pick and so-so for me. The writing is OK, but the stories are warm and charming and sometimes funny, so I rounded up. He also does a great job of reading this himself. 3.5⭐️

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LMJenkins
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Have a great (reading) weekend, everyone!

YouReadMyEyes Love 💚🧡 2y
Paloma Too true! 📚📚📚📚📚 2y
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LadyChristy
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Hilarious, warm, and sweet without being too fluffy and with still fully utilizing bracing honesty and the power of a well-placed curse word. 🙌🏻

Also, pay no attention to Poof looming in the background. I just returned from my own vacation and she is currently simultaneously soaking up all the attention and trying to decide if she‘ll ever forgive me... #littenkitten #catsoflitsy

rubyslippersreads 😻😻😻 2y
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ksbrennan
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“The world was ending, but only in the same slow dumb way it has always been.” Hodgman‘s voice comes through so clearly, and I‘ve already laughed out loud.

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RebL
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Curing up with anything other than the television. I‘m taking my son to Judge Hodgman‘s court a week from today in hopes of some fake internet justice, so I may as well do my research.

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LadyElaine
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Brunch time break in my #24in48 day. Slow going on this book, since every time I giggle at what I‘m reading I have to go back and read aloud to my boyfriend. Should have gotten the audiobook!