Tom Bodett, Alaska's main comic export, is that rarest of commodities, an original new talent in American humor. His commentaries on "All Things Considered" and his radio spots for Motel 6 have delighted millions, but he's never been funnier than in this, his second collection of casual essays. Here are further musings ont he everyday joys and embarrassments of being a husband, father, citizen, and breadwinner by the author of As Far As You Can Go Without a Passport. Fans will be comforted by the familiarity of this return visit to Bodett country. Those new to his work will discover one of the freshest, friendliest voices among writers of humor today.
Tom Bodett was born in 1955 and grew up in Sturgis, Michigan. He has been a cannery worker, a logger, an independent building contractor, and a commentator on National Public Radio's "All Things Considered." He is the author of a previous collection, As Far As You Can Go Without a Passport, and is the national media pitchman for Motel 6. He lives with his wife and son in Homer, Alaska, from where he hosted "The End of the Road Review," a nationally syndicated weekly radio variety show.
* Introduction * Taking Pot Luck * Mood Piece * Mechanical Inclinations * Wood: You Can Count on It * Old Friend Guilt * Ditch Diving * Sixty-Four-Dollar Questions * Bad Signs * Command Performance * See and Be Seen * Taking Potluck * Off the Top of My Head * Shake What Thing? * Pet Peeves * Wait Divisions * Cleanliness vs. Godliness * Strangers in my Chairs * Symptoms of Fatherhood * Dadiholics Anonymous * A Housebuilders Guide to Homemaking * Dish Demeanor Small Comforts * Small Comfort * Gross Estimates * Senior Boom * Mental Safety * I Aim to Please * Miss America * Lost Mail * Chain Reactions * Burger Blues * A Year of Peace * Hard Comprisons Not Letting Go * Eulogy for an Ancient Eskimo * Ohlsen Mountain * State of Spring * Back to School * Last Dollar * Pretty As a Picture * Working Slobs * Orphans * Wow * Fathers Day * Not Letting Go