Thursday, December 1, 2022

Book Review Feature: 'Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate by Dorothy Rosby

It is a little tough for most of us to find the title of Dorothy Rosby's holiday essay collection at least a little relatable!  A couple of years ago, I read and reviewed her Alexa is a Spy and Other Things to Be Ticked Off About so I knew that I had to give holiday themed 'Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate a spot on my reading list!    Check out 'Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate, learn about author Dorothy Rosby, read my thoughts on the book and be sure to enter for a chance to win a prize in the book tour giveaway at the end of this post.


Book Title:  ‘Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate; Holidays, Special Occasions and Other Times Our Celebrations Get Out of Hand  by Dorothy Rosby
Category:  Adult Non-Fiction (18+) ,  258 pages
Genre: Humorous Essay
Publisher:  Unhinged Press
Release date:   November 2022
Content Rating:  G - appropriate for general audience as defined above
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About the Book

Christmas comes but once a year; chaos never ends! Happy Halloween, merry Christmas and joyful Lumpy Rug Day. We didn’t make that up. Lumpy Rug Day is celebrated every May 3, though “celebrated” might be too strong a word. It’s the American way to create a celebration for everything, then turn it into a chore or worse, a nightmare. ’Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate is a collection of humorous essays about holidays, special occasions and other times our celebrations make us feel not-so-celebratory. It’s understanding for those who think Christmas form letters can be honest—or they can be interesting. And it’s empathy for anyone who’s ever gotten poison ivy during Nude Recreation Week or eaten all their Halloween candy and had to hand out instant oatmeal packets to their trick-or-treaters. ​

My Review

Rosby Brings a Little Humor to the Chaos of Holidays. While the overdone, over-the-top activities surrounding Christmas in the U.S. is the humorous focus of many of Rosby's essays in this book--other holidays and celebration-required events take a few shots from the author too. With a conversational, relatable, sarcastic tone--the author puts thoughts to paper that many of us feel but never speak aloud. If you have ever experienced a little holiday guilt (or social media envy)--or feel lost and inadequate in the sea of commercialized chaos--this book may bring some smiles and even a slight relief in knowing that you aren't alone in your feelings!  


'Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate May Bring More Than a Laugh. As I read through the humorous essays, I smiled, eye-rolled, sympathized, and realized the truth behind so many of the stories and essays: we dread the holidays instead of enjoying them. I related to almost all of her pieces in at least a little way. This realization made me a little sad that I don't enjoy the reasons for the holidays because I have turned them into nightmarish monstrosities of "we have to do these ten zillion things" instead of the 2 or 3 things that matter. While Rosby shares some extremes with her humor and sarcasm in her essays, she is sadly not far from reality with many of her thoughts! 


Would I Recommend 'Tis the Season to Feel Inadequate: Holidays, Special Occasions and Other Times our Celebrations Get Out of Hand by Dorothy Rosby? If you could use a few laughs and a relatable book of holiday-themed essays to make you smile, take a break from the chaos of holiday preparation and merriment, and, maybe, even realize just how silly some of your holiday chaos has become--this book should be on your reading list. Some of the essays a little redundant in their sarcastic messages--but, they still bring a relatable smile.  I love the author's writing style and her sarcastic humor, and this book is the perfect way to poke fun at the holiday chaos that brings so many of us down every year!   

I would say that the author has inspired me to drop some of the chaos from our family holiday season--but, in reality, I will be making Peppermint Bark Poke Cake later today in honor of National Peppermint Bark Day.   

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About the Author

Dorothy Rosby is a syndicated humor columnist and the author of four books of humorous essays. She’s the 2022 global winner of the Erma Bombeck Writers Competition, sponsored in part by the Erma Bombeck Writers Workshop. She lives in the Black Hills of South Dakota, 20 miles from Mount Rushmore, something she’s very proud of though she’s not on it—yet.

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