Saturday, April 21, 2012

BC2012: Grave Humor by M.T. Coffin

I bought this book, "A Photo Tour of Funny, Ironic and Ridiculous Tombstones", at Borders in LaGrange when the store was closing. Although humor was among the mostly deeply discounted categories, I probably shouldn't have wasted my money on this one. It must have seemed funnier in the store, plus I was reading a lot of death-oriented books last summer (two of the best were the brilliantly organized memoir The Suicide Index: Putting My Father's Death in Order by Joan Wickersham and the informative The Whole Death Catalog: A Lively Guide to the Bitter End by Harold Schechter).

Grave Humor isn't awful, but there isn't much substance to it. I Hate This Place is verbose by comparison. Had I not been pressed for time that day (I had an hour to cover the entire store so I could get home for my wife to take the car to work), I could have easily read the whole thing in the store. I have grappled with the question of whether a book this short should even count in Book Challenge 2012. I decided that if I bought the book, it counts. I mean, it's not like I'm reading a stack of Golden Books taken from the little boy next door just to pad my numbers.

One last thought: I have a feeling that isn't the author's real name.


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