Fraud

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Random House LLC, 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  - Steve - Goodreads

Rakoff's first collection of essays, and you can tell he is learning to write. The essays get better as the book moves along, and by the last 2 entries you see he has found his voice. It may also be ... Read full review

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While I secretly like to pride myself on a well-endowed disinclination toward celebrity reverence and any urge to wed, I realized at some point along these (or maybe it was that other book's ... Read full review

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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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