Sunday, July 18, 2010

Sunday Salon - With One Eye Open by Polly Frost

Polly Frost's humor collection, With One Eye Open, could could just as easily have been called, Both Eyes Open. Frost has her eyes focused on the ridiculous aspects of life, and anything is fair game in the chosen pieces.

Many of the humor pieces selected were published in The New Yorker. The twenty-five pieces focus on everything from social media to the celebrity culture to people who seem to have a perfect life, but complain about it. Social media is a frequent target of Frost's pieces, with stories about a couple trying to be popular on Facebook, to instructions as to how to create a successful Mommyblog. Then, there's the funny piece from a wanna-be-writer trying to teach her college professor about social networking, writing and publishing.

Frost understands our obsession with everything from computer games to the latest lifestyle fad. Any aspect of society is a likely target for her humor. If you've been caught up in any of the fads (blogging, anyone?), you're likely to find a piece that ridicules your obsession. It's all in fun, and Frost isn't a mean humorist. Instead, the stories poke fun at our lifestyle, everything from Twitter to addiction to sex. If you're looking for intelligent humor, it wouldn't hurt to try Polly Frost's With One Eye Open.

Polly Frost's website is

With One Eye Open by Polly Frost. Rapture House, ©2010. ISBN 9780615376486 (paperback), 150p.

FTC Full Disclosure - The author sent me a copy of the book, in hopes I would review it.


Elizabeth Spann Craig/Riley Adams said...

Intelligent humor sounds like fun! Thanks for the tip. :)

Lesa said...

Very hip, intelligent humor, Elizabeth. You're welcome.

Beth F said...

This sounds like fun. I'll look for it at the library.

Lesa said...

I hope you enjoy it, Beth.