The Fried Twinkie Manifesto: and other tales of disaster and damnation


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Would you like to tell us about a lower price? Learn more about Amazon Prime. While maintaining a voice unmistakably his own, Moehring evokes the wild imagination of Tom Robbins, the soul of Sedaris, and the wisdom of Vonnegut. Read more Read less. Kindle Cloud Reader Read instantly in your browser. What other items do customers buy after viewing this item? Page 1 of 1 Start over Page 1 of 1. Children Playing Before a Statue of Hercules.

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Product details File Size: July 23, Sold by: Related Video Shorts 0 Upload your video. Share your thoughts with other customers. Write a customer review. Read reviews that mention funny ryan humor laugh moehring loud humorous laughing hilarious sedaris entertaining writer laughed heart relate sense chapter insightful honest sometimes. There was a problem filtering reviews right now. Please try again later. Kindle Edition Verified Purchase. I find this book is a concise, funny, even hilarious recap of one man's life adventures, true or not.

His philosophies and core beliefs changed dramatically due to some of these escapades. When I break down my own life to the core, I find that who I am today is directly related to the me that lived through the trauma of early life. His approach is one we can all use. He takes a serious deed and puts a new spin on it. He can then look it in the eye and confront it for what it really was; a lesson taught the hard way.

Instead of being horrified at what came out, he was able to laugh and turn each piece into something that taught a deep truth about life, living and loving. I had a lot of fun reading this book, but it didn't stop there. I was able to take my own experiences and tear them down to basics so that I could finally put them into a context that made dealing with them a real joy.

I will never put my own stories in writing, but this author has made me think deeply. I have to admire his ability to reach the soul.

As the end of the book shows, there are things that one can't always put into a favorable context, but this method of soul-searching can clear out a lot of excess space if you have the desire to do so. One person found this helpful. The title drew me in. I didn't have high expectations for this but I was willing to give it a shot. I also think it was on the Kindle free list when I did it. I pulled it one day when I was bored and I have to say I laughed right out of the box.

He captures the bad decisions we all make in the best possible light, making it all easy to relate to. And then he knows how and when to tug on the heartstrings a little bit. Think of Moehring as a young Robert Fulghum without the proverbs or the focus on sentimentality, just someone remembering all the little moments that had the biggest impact. You're reading the maturation of a young man in the modern era and in so doing you learn a little about the little things that connect us all in the bigger sense.

I highly recommend this. If you enjoy sarcasm, served with a side of ridiculous events then seasoned with a flavor of the 70's get this book. I haven't laughed so hard in a long time. I don't imagine this book will be for everyone. Sarcasm goes over many people's heads. I wish I could list the pieces I totally fell over laughing about but I really don't want to ruin this for anyone who does get the book.

I came to this author via a long distance phone call from a hysterical friend. At first I thought her son had died or something worse. Then I realized she wasn't crying, she was laughing. When she finally gasped out that it was a book she was reading, my frustration reached maximum capacity when she couldn't articulate words to describe what she had read.

I got the book as this is probably the best recommendation literature can get; one friend communicating in laughter with another. As always my thanks go to the writer who can convey images so clearly as to be able to rupture a funny bone. I enjoyed the first several chapters of this book, not that they were absolutely hilarious but because they made me think.

Moving more towards the middle of the book something happened and I went from being entertained to being depressed and angry, and just not getting it. I wondered why did he even have to include this, how is it relevant to anything? Am I supposed to think this is funny?

The Fried Twinkie Manifesto: and other tales of disaster and damnation

The book went downhill from there. Straightforward autobiographical essays are interspersed with satirical pieces that tend to strike one note and hold it overly long. Moehring has been compared to David Sedaris, and I guess Sedaris also writes some satirical fiction, although I prefer his autobiographical essays. As far as comparisons go, Moehring reminds me more of Josh Hanagarne The World's Strongest Librarian , for his honesty and self-deprecating humor.

I warmed I picked this up because I like memoirs and I liked the title.

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I warmed to Moehring more and more as the book progressed, and in the end grew quite fond of him, and of his book. Feb 14, Hope rated it did not like it. This book, and the author specifically, got increasingly obnoxious the more I read. I really just paged through the last half. Less David Sedaris than conventional White Bro with tired cliche ideas about life. The unfunny story he had rejected from The Onion--and still thought fit to include in the book--tells you everything you need to know.

I'm very disappointed with Kindle Unlimited. Oct 24, Laura rated it liked it. Some of these short stories are laugh aloud funny. Most are amusing and fun. I think that Ryan Moehring aspires to be David Sedaris and he has some of those qualities but he's not there yet. I do recommend the book. Jun 07, Mira rated it really liked it. Very much enjoyed this memoir.

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It is hilarious; I actually found myself laughing out loud. See all reviews. He can then look it in the eye and confront it for what it really was; a lesson taught the hard way. Do you believe that this item violates a copyright? Write a customer review. Be the first to ask a question about The Fried Twinkie Manifesto. This book, and the author specifically, got increasingly obnoxious the more I read.

Reads like a casual conversation in a bar with a friend who always has a good story to tell. Many times I laughed aloud, and I wonder if the author will try his hand at fiction. Oct 24, Amanda rated it did not like it.

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I gave this a fair shot. Nothing about it was funny and I just can't waste my time when there are so many books I want to read. I'm glad I got this one for free. Mar 17, Liz rated it really liked it. The Fried Twinkie Manifesto is absolutely hilarious, and incredibly thoughtful.

Aug 06, Kellie Pape rated it it was amazing. Nov 27, Marie rated it really liked it. This book is hilarious. Just my type of humor. I don't need to write a huge review because you will either read it, or you won't.

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Either way, I think it was awesome. Jan 31, S. Marie rated it it was ok Shelves: This collection of personal essays started off relatively strong. I really enjoyed the first story, and also thought the "Amber Anderson" story was told well. Unfortunately, as it progressed, it became really, really clear to me why this book was self-published - the author just doesn't have enough good material to fill out a whole book of personal essays.

Ultimately, with the exception of the first and third essays, the author didn't seem to have anything to say that hasn't already been said mo This collection of personal essays started off relatively strong. Ultimately, with the exception of the first and third essays, the author didn't seem to have anything to say that hasn't already been said more successfully by other, better authors. The author's voice and the quality of his writing just weren't strong enough to reinvigorate such tired, over-tread ground.

Even when the author's writing isn't actively bad, it lacks focus - there is no clear point or theme or goal to a number of the essays, and whatever he's trying to accomplish gets lost as a result. It reminds me of the experience of reading a pretentious college classmate's LiveJournal - he seems to be aiming for "profound universal truths obliquely hidden behind clever anecdotes," but whatever truth he's trying to get to isn't coming through, and the "clever" anecdotes are just weird and overly focused on genitals and bodily functions examples: Bum Crossing," which is basically an overlong poop joke.

The author also apparently has never heard the phrase "show, don't tell" - many, many of the potentially good essays are ruined by his tendency to over-explain what's happening, instead of just describing it "Reclaiming Cider Creek" is a prime example of this. Additionally, the over-reliance on exposition creates distance between the author and the reader - I felt like someone was telling me about an essay he read, instead of like I was reading the essay myself, and it made it really difficult to connect with the work.

Overall, I'm giving the book two stars because while it was mostly bad, there were the two bright spots I mentioned above, and also because, as self-published works go, it's not the worst thing I've ever come across. I'm very, very glad I was able to read it for free though - had I paid money to read this book, I'd be seriously regretting the purchase. I found this book to be not evocative of any of the authors mentioned in the description - Robbins, Sedaris, and Vonnegut. This was a bait and switch. It tried to hard to funny. It sort of screamed - look at how banal yet interesting my life is, just like Sedaris!

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It didn't need to do that. The stories might have been good on their own merit if they were rounded out and complete. Mar 28, Kristy rated it really liked it. There were a few odd moments in his life he wrote about that would embarrass most people, and I did laugh. My favorite thing about this memoir is his beliefs on religion because ours are the same.

If refreshing when someone can find the words to explain how you feel. I'm not good with words. Dec 10, Kerri Fairclough rated it liked it. I will give this one a solid 3. Some of the stories made me laugh out loud and I found the writing style to be easy to read. Theh author tries a little too hard to be 'meaningful' than I would have liked, especially in the final story.

It is a challenge to buy into his melancholoic walk down memory lane after his story about foreskins.

Jul 16, Aimee rated it it was ok. Most of this the essays in this book or mediocre at best. The story about his grandfather Fatman and Robbin' is my favorite and I loved it. Without that, the I would have given this book one start because some of the essays are boring and not very good and there are many places where it's just flat out misogynistic. Waste of time I read this book off and on for a while. It didn't hold my interest enough that I would be anxious to read more, but enough to finish it.

It's not a well written book, part of it is humorous, other parts are lame. Not a book I would recommend. Mar 25, Sara Glascock rated it really liked it.

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I'll begin by saying that this book isn't for everyone. I am part of the intended audience, being as how I am in my 30's and I do not have an aversion to crude language. Great first book, despite the writing requiring a bit of polishing. I look forward to seeing more of this author.

Apr 27, Mike Friesen rated it really liked it.