Popular author and humor essayist, Allen Smith has done it again. He’s managed to skewer everything that’s sacred including sex, political correctness and even religion in his new book, Monkey in a Pink Canoe.
Comprised of a collection of his most popular columns and blog posts from the past two years, Monkey in a Pink Canoe is the antidote to sanity. Smith pokes fun at subjects like explaining the birds and the bees to a 6-year-old (Monkey in a Pink Canoe) using street slang like, “paddling the pink” and “bald headed yogurt slinger,” while annihilating the way new parents saddle their children with embarrassing monikers such as Bronx Mowgli, Moxie CrimeFighter and Banana Howdy.
Everything is fair game in Monkey in a Pink Canoe. From the author’s personal challenges of learning how to feed himself (Betty Crocker Means Good Nutrition) to trying to make the best of things while your life collapses around you (With Rentals Like These, Who Needs Friends?).
Some of the essays describe our common struggles as growing children learning how to smoke cigarettes (Smoke ‘em if Ya Got ‘em,) and lusting after our first buzz from alcohol (Alcohol of Fame). Others describe what happens later in life as we wrestle with the aging process (I’ll Never Forget the Time I Remembered, A Little Baggage Never Hurt Anyone) and (I Don’t Feel as Good as I Look). Even religion (Stranded in Purgatory and Reincarnation Gone Cluck) fails to escape a direct assault by describing what it’s like to spend near-eternity with Hitler, Bin Laden and Tonya Harding or a reincarnated chicken on his way to a mid-west KFC.
Monkey in a Pink Canoe is the perfect antidote to real life. The essays are short, entertaining and the ideal vacation from a busy life. Once you read this book, you’ll never look at life the same way again!