Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid (Lemony Snicket) – Review

Horseradish : bitter truths you can't avoidHorseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid by Lemony Snicket
Age: Teen
Genre: Humor
Source: Library
Publisher: Harper Collins, 2007
ISBN: 9780061240065 / 168 pages

Find this book at your local library

In the same vein as Ant Farm & Free-Range Chickens, Lemony Snicket provides his own slanted view of the world in a series of short observations and truths. Some of the truths are serious, some are sad, and most are funny. I think its perfect that this book is aimed at teenagers, because much of what Snicket covers are bitter truths that should be learned early on in life.  Although lately I feel as if adults should be reminded of these bitter truths as well.

The book is divided into 13 chapters covering:

  1. Home,
  2. Family
  3. School,
  4. Work,
  5. Entertainment,
  6. Literature,
  7. Travel,
  8. Emotional Health,
  9. Affairs of the Heart,
  10. A Life of Mystery,
  11. The Mystery of Life,
  12. The Overall Feeling of Doom That One Cannot Ever Escape No Matter What One Does, and
  13. Misc.

Some of my favorite lines:

Everyone should be able to do one card trick, tell two jokes and recite three poems, in case they are ever trapped in an elevator

Oftentimes, when people are miserable, they will want to make other people miserable too. But it never helps.

In an emergency, one often learns that one’s companions can be even less help in extraordinary circumstances than they are during an average evening.

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