Vacationland by John Hodgman
True Stories from Painful Beaches

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“Vacationland” is smart and snarky and occasionally raw. Hodgman’s narrative gifts are undeniable ... a beautiful balance of humor and heart – a book that’ll make you laugh, that’ll make you think … and that’ll ultimately make you glad you spent some time with John Hodgman.
-The Maine Edge

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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 privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts where he spent much of his youth; the painful beaches of Maine that want to kill him (and some day will); and the metaphoric haunted forest of middle age that connects them.
 
Vacationland collects these real life wanderings, and through them you learn of the horror of freshwater clams, the evolutionary purpose of the mustache, and which animals to keep as pets and which to kill with traps and poison. There is also some advice on how to react when the people of coastal Maine try to sacrifice you to their strange god.
 
Though wildly, Hodgmaniacally funny as usual, it is also a poignant and sincere account of one human facing his forties, those years when men in particular must stop pretending to be the children of bright potential they were and settle into the failing bodies of the wiser, weird dads that they are.
 

About John Hodgman

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JOHN HODGMAN is a writer, performer, and expert who lives in Brooklyn, New York. He is the “Resident Expert” on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and the PC in Apple's television ads. Both previous installments of his trilogy of Complete World Knowledge were New York Times bestsellers.
 
Published October 24, 2017 by Viking. 267 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Travel, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction
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The Maine Edge

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Reviewed by Allen Adams on Oct 18 2017

“Vacationland” is smart and snarky and occasionally raw. Hodgman’s narrative gifts are undeniable ... a beautiful balance of humor and heart – a book that’ll make you laugh, that’ll make you think … and that’ll ultimately make you glad you spent some time with John Hodgman.

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