Fraud

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Doubleday Canada, Jul 27, 2011 - Humor
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A frequent contributor to the New York Times magazine, Outside, Salon, and GQ, and a regular on Public Radio International's "This American Life,"David Rakoff's debut collection of essays is simultaneously laugh-out-loud funny and take-your-breath-away poignant.

David Rakoff is a fish out of water. Whether he finds himself on assignment climbing Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire — donning a pair of Timberlands for his trek, only to realize with horror that "the shoes I wouldn't be caught dead in might actually turn out to be the shoes I am caught dead in." — sitting quietly impersonating Sigmund Freud in a department store window...for a month, or musing on the unique predicament of being undetectably Canadian in New York City ("...what's more spicy than being Canadian, I ask you?"), Rakoff has a gift for exposing life's humour and pathos. Fraud takes us places even we didn't know we wanted to go: expeditions as varied as a search for elves in Iceland, a foray into soap opera acting, or contemplating the gin-soaked olive at the bottom of a martini glass.

With the sharpest of eyes, David Rakoff explores the odd and ordinary events of life, spotting what is unique, funny and absurd in the world around him. But for all its razor-sharp wit and snarky humor, Fraud is also, ultimately, an object lesson in not taking life, or oneself, too seriously.


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Review: Fraud: Essays

User Review  - Penny - Goodreads

Ok, let me start off by saying that I made a somewhat valiant effort not to compare Rakoff to another NPR essay writing David. But it was quite difficult to make a conscious effort not to make a ... Read full review

Review: Fraud: Essays

User Review  - Andrew - Goodreads

One cannot help but compare David Rakoff to David Sedaris; besides the fact that they both write/wrote autobiographical essays, Rakoff alludes to Sedaris multiple times in the book (usually by first ... Read full review

Contents

IN NEW ENGLAND EVERYONE CALLS YOU DAVE
LUSH LIFE
INCLUDING ONE CALLED HELL
LATHER RINSE REPEAT
EXTRAORDINARY ALIEN
CHRISTMAS FREUD
WE CALL IT AUSTRALIA
BACK TO THE GARDEN
TOKYO STORY
USED TO BANK HERE BUT THAT WAS LONG LONG
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About the author (2011)

David Rakoff is a regular contributor to Outside, The New York Times Magazine, and PRI’s This American Life, and has written for Salon, GQ, Harper’s Bazaar, the New York Observer, and many other publications. Raised in Toronto, he now lives in New York City.


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