What I've Learned So Far Part III: Banjos, Boats, and Butt Dialing by Mike Ball
Review by Lauren
copy for review, but all opinions are my own
Official Summary: Banjos, Boats and Butt Dialing is the third installment in Mike Ball's What I've Learned... So Far series of books. In it the Erma Bombeck Award-winning humorist grapples with topics ranging from becoming a grandfather, to rabbit hunting, to the Zen of a middle-aged guy trying to cope with cleavage. The book is a compilation of 74 entries from Mike's nationally-syndicated column, What I've Learned... So Far.
Review: This is the perfect book for anyone's summer vacation! It's a collection of short essays, with most only lasting for a few pages. It's something you can easily pick up, read an essay or two, and then put down again. I actually read most of the book in the pool...another fun place to enjoy Mike Ball's thoughts - the perfect mix of sincere and humorous.
One of Mike's essays that I found particularly amusing was called Santwilight, all about how Mike believes Santa is really a vampire. I must admit...he has some good points.
"Now I'm guessing that Santa has always felt like he had to disguise his true nature and hide the whole vampire thing. And to be fair, that made sense. I can see people getting a little bit uptight over a blood-sucking abomination of nature, even a jolly one, breaking in through the chimney and wandering around the house."
- page 113
Another funny essay is all about Mike's dealings with an airline company (Delta) and it's sure to please anyone who has ever flown and had to deal with something unpleasant.
However, like I said above, some of these essays are quite sincere. They might have funny moments sprinkled throughout, but they touch on bigger moments of life, love, and family...like when he's talking about his son's wedding or the passing of his older neighbors who were always there with a helping hand and a kind word.
I love that none of these essays are too long, and that it's not simply a running joke the entire time. It adds more to each essay and is much more suitable for a wider audience.