Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches

Although his career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn't seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now. Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privilege Although his career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and inven...

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Title:Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches
Author:John Hodgman
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Hardcover
Number of Pages:272 pages pages

Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches Reviews

  • Melody Warnick
    Jan 11, 2018
    Listened to this one on walks because I like to keep people guessing why I'm laughing to myself like a lunatic. ...
  • Jenny (Reading Envy)
    Nov 28, 2017
    This book is a bit uneven. John Hodgman reminds me of your single uncle (probably your dad's youngest brother) that you can't escape at Thanksgiving, who thinks of himself as a bit more interesting in his youth than he really was, but who has enough money to spend to have stuff to talk...
  • Tony
    Jan 22, 2018
    If you know who John Hodgman is and generally enjoy his dry sense of wit, then this book is for you -- congratulations. It's a loose and shaggy collection of reflections thematically connected through vacation homes in Massachusetts and Maine. If that sounds like an amazing feat of NPR...
  • Gaelen
    Nov 25, 2017
    I listened to this as an audiobook, which I highly recommend, because Hodgman's delivery adds a lot. It's the first book he's written that's an actual memoir, and it's terrific. It's not just funny, but it's insightful, charming, and self-aware. I think that even people who aren't alre...
  • Mandy
    Nov 24, 2017
    I laughed out loud 4 times, if that's an indication. ...
  • Kathy
    Sep 07, 2017
    Plainly put, John Hodgman's Vacationland is great. It positively exudes Hodgman-yness. Yes, I had to check the cover repeatedly to make sure it hadn't grown an alarming goatee/mustache combination! Straight Talk: If you are a John Hodgman fan you will like this book; If you aren't, you...
  • Jerrie (redwritinghood)
    Feb 15, 2018
    The writing is OK, but the stories are warm and charming and sometimes funny. He also does a great job of reading this himself. 3.5? The writing is OK, but the stories are warm and charming and sometimes funny. He also does a great job of reading this himself. 3.5?? ...mo...
  • Hilary
    Dec 20, 2017
    My friend Carolyn introduced me last year to the Judge John Hodman podcast and I instantly fell in love. Hodgman's humor is wry, dry, and laden with a heavy dose of realist perspective and self-knowledge that few people seem to have. Hodgman is fine with people being selfish, they simp...
  • Chelsea
    Mar 05, 2018
    It was hilarious. It made me cry. My inner only child felt seen (and blushed for it). I knew I liked John Hodgman; I didn?t know I loved him. ...
  • Matt Trowbridge
    Jan 17, 2018
    Hodgman has written an excellent series of interwoven personal essays in Vactionland. He is an insightful, hilarious, and articulate writer. I have to imagine, given his disdain for cliches, that Hodgman hates that this book is of the type that can be described as one that induces laug...
  • Julie
    Sep 01, 2017
    Writer, humorist, podcaster, PC guy, and Daily Show contributor John Hodgman is back, and he's telling (almost) the whole truth. In this collection of funny and reflective essays, Hodgman explores the existential symbolism of his patchy beard, how to navigate the social and natural w...
  • Janis Winn
    Jan 23, 2018
    Hodgman is my favorite minor television personality and podcaster, and this new book is my favorite of his, too. No more hobo names, but lots of insightful and heartbreaking and relatable grown-up stuff. ...
  • David Yoon
    Apr 11, 2018
    John Hodgman's Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches is what he refers to as his own brand of white privilege comedy wherein he talk about splitting his time between two summer homes in Maine and Western Massachusetts. Super relatable! He shares personal anecdotes about d...
  • Maureen
    Jan 25, 2018
    This was kinda funny. But I would definitely classify this guy as a "little shit." ...
  • Pop Bop
    Jul 22, 2017
    He's Such A Tease Like Calvin Trillin, (who may be a bit more urbane and "citified" compared to Hodgman's more rueful suburban everyman persona), John Hodgman often feels like he's ever so gently teasing the reader, even as he amuses. In this collection Hodgman declares that he's...
  • Travis Cook
    Jan 06, 2018
    Wonderfully funny collection of essays. Hodgman is a terrific writer - highly recommend this as summer beach reading. ...
  • Hannah
    Aug 01, 2017
    John Hodgman gave me an ARC of his new book the other day at the library, and I pretty much immediately devoured it. I found it both genuinely funny and funnily genuine, and like the humor of his podcast that I very much enjoy, I thought its great honesty gave it real punch. Hodgman's ...
  • Allen Adams
    Oct 25, 2017
    http://www.themaineedge.com/buzz/a-ta... Sometimes, truth is stranger than fiction. Not in the case of John Hodgman, though. His latest book ? ?Vacationland: True Stories of Painful Beaches? ? is a massive departure from his previous three books, a bestselling trio constr...
  • Emily
    Dec 17, 2017
    Honestly, I never really liked John Hodgman. Until this book. I listened to the audiobook, and he made me laugh out loud through the entire thing. Well, not the part about his mom who died, that made me cry, but the entire rest of the book was so entertaining and self-aware and hilario...
  • Noah
    Nov 25, 2017
    If you grew up riding the Red Line to Harvard Square in your teens, then spent your 20s in Western MA and now vacation in Maine... This is a really really really really really good book. Go read it now. Like..right now. ...
  • Chaitra
    Nov 26, 2017
    For the life of me I can't remember John Hodgman from The Daily Show. (I do remember him from the Mac/PC ads though). I only borrowed the book because my library's overdrive had it and I needed a V title. It was also short enough for me to read through the thing in a few hours. I didn'...
  • Dkettmann
    Dec 04, 2017
    Excellent book. Mr Hodgman turns away from fake trivia (as funny as those books were), and takes on the serious & profound. Wonderful stories about his time bouncing around the northeast USA, and growing up an only child. Equal parts touching & comedic, something for everyone. ...
  • Troy
    Jan 06, 2018
    As a weird dad myself, I am the prime market for Vacationland but I can honestly say that this book connected with me deeply and in unexpected ways. It is a brilliantly disguised meditation on aging, on privilege, and on identity. ...
  • Portia
    Sep 04, 2017
    What. A. Delight.  I have been watching John Hodgman in various things for years but didn't really know anything about him so this was so much fun to read.  The essays varied in topic and I really got a rounded view of who John Hodgman is.  My roommates ended up reading most of the ...
  • John Tankersley
    Nov 07, 2017
    As we age, we become more sentimental. As he ages, so goes John Hodgman's writings. A memoir of a man struggling to keep his privilege in check from a man who grew up as the beneficiary of an unequal society. It was a real pleasure to hear his own internal monologue on raising his kids...
  • TJ Wilson
    Nov 24, 2017
    It?s beauty lies in its muted but hilariously stylized content. Each essay builds and builds until profoundness territory. That?s the mark of a good book and good writing. ...
  • Lane Fontana
    Apr 03, 2018
    NOW IM TRULY FREE AND CAN PICK ANY BOOK I WANT TO READ NEXT WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO?????? ...
  • Grace Sanchez
    Jan 21, 2018
    John Hodgman has written a droll, funny, wise, and touching book. Each story can stand on its own but all together it?s even more enjoyable. ...
  • Doug Moe
    Jan 22, 2018
    I really liked John's book. If you're a fan of John Hodgman, you will understand immediately the tone of the humor here. He's coming to grips with the funny place he's found himself in - older, less cool, maybe settling into the comforts of middle-age. As a middle-aged white guy who th...
  • Craig Dean
    Apr 03, 2018
    Hodgman delivers a light-hearted too short narrative with whimsical honesty, contemplation and reflection that flirts with nihilism. As he explores his mortality and middle aged anxiety he does so against the stunning backdrop of the old states. There is warmth, humour, cutting observa...