(Not that You Asked): Book summary and reviews of (Not that You Asked) by Steve Almond

(Not that You Asked)

Rants, Exploits, and Obsessions

by Steve Almond

(Not that You Asked) by Steve Almond
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  • Published in USA  Sep 2007
    304 pages
    Genre: Short Stories/Essays

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How does Steve Almond get himself into so much trouble? Could it be his incessant moralizing? His generally poor posture? The fact that he was raised by a pack of wolves? Frankly, we haven’t got a clue. What we do know is that Almond has a knack for converting his dustups into essays that are both funny and furious. In (Not that You Asked), he squares off against Sean Hannity on national TV, nearly gets arrested for stealing “Sta-Hard” gel from his local pharmacy, and winds up in Boston, where he quickly enrages the entire population of the Red Sox Nation. Almond is, as they say in Yiddish, a tummler.

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"This collection of essays on everything from Oprah's Book Club to the joy of being a new father displays all the qualities that have made Almond's short stories and nonfiction entertaining." - PW.

"Starred review. A pop-culture-saturated intellectual, a kindly grouch, vitriolic Boston Red Sox hater, neurotic new father and Kurt Vonnegut fanatic… [Almond] scores big in every chapter of this must-have collection. Biting humor, honesty, smarts and heart: Vonnegut himself would have been proud.” - Kirkus.

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Steve Almond is an American short story writer and essayist. Born October 27, 1966 in Palo Alto, California, Almond attended Gunn High School and Wesleyan University. His works include the story collections My Life in Heavy Metal and The Evil B.B. Chow, the nonfiction book Candyfreak, and the novel Which Brings Me to You, co-written with Julianna Baggott.

Almond currently lives in Arlington, Massachusetts with his wife and three children.

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