It's All Relative

It's All Relative

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How come the only thing my family tree ever grows is nuts?a€ Wade Rouse attempts to answer that question in his blisteringly funny new memoir by looking at the yearly celebrations that unite us all and bring out the very best and worst in our nearest and dearest. Family is truly the only gift that keeps on givinga€”namely, the gifts of dysfunction and eccentricitya€” and Wade Rousea€™s family has been especially charitable: His chatty yet loving mother dresses her son as a Ubangi tribesman, in blackface, for Halloween in the rural Ozarks; his unconventional engineer of a father buries his childrena€™s Easter eggs; his marvelously Martha Stewarta€“esque partner believes Barbie is his baby; his garage-sale obsessed set of in-laws are convinced they can earn more than Warren Buffett by selling their broken lamps and Nehru jackets; his mutt Marge speaks her own language; and his oddball collection of relatives includes a tipsy Santa Claus with an affinity for showing off his jingle balls. In the end, though, the Rouse House gifted Wade with love, laughter, understanding, superb comic timing, and a humbling appreciation for humiliation. Whether Wade dates a mime on his birthday to overcome his phobia of clowns or outruns a chubchasing boss on Secretarya€™s Day, he captures our holidays with his trademark self-deprecating humor and acerbic wit. He paints a funny, sad, poignant, and outlandish portrait of an an all-too-typical family that will have you appreciatinga€”or bemoaninga€”your own and shrieking in laughter. From the Hardcover edition.a€œDo you know how much Honda Pilots run?a€ she said, as if I was a third-grade girl who wanted to buy a Vera Wang wedding dress for her Barbie. a€œYes, maa#39;am. Ia#39;m well ... a€œWhy dona#39;t I show you some of our used Civics?a€ Margot suggested.

Title:It's All Relative
Author: Wade Rouse
Publisher:Crown - 2011-02-01

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