Horseradish: Bitter Truths You Can’t Avoid by Lemony Snicket

Another book already, you say? Since this book can be read in 20 minutes, yes. I went to the library this morning and this was on display and caught my eye. I decided to snatch it up and bring it home for my husband (which is kind of weird of me given that he works in a library and surely has seen it at work??) and then handily read half of it at the playground and the rest right now. Each page of this little book contains a sentence or two (very occasionally a whole page) explaining a bitter truth of life, divided into categories such as Entertainment, Family, Work, Mysteries of Life, etc. So, so funny as it is all from Snicket’s point of view and of the same tone and all as the Series of Unfortunate Events books. Here are some of my favorite bitter truths:

“…children spent their days learning a trade, a phrase which here means “standing around doing tedious tasks under the instruction of a bossy adult.”

“Members of your family might say they are working hard all day long, while you are off at school or clarinet lessons, but the only way to know this for sure is to follow them at a discreet distance.”

“One of the world’s most popular entertainments is a deck of cards, which contains thirteen each of four suits, highlighted by kings, queens, and jacks, who are possibly the queen’s younger, more attractive boyfriends.”


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