Earth (The book)
By Jon Stewart
Reviewed by Dom
A few years ago we offered a book club selection by Bill Bryson called A Short History of Nearly Everything
. It appealed to the nerd in me, but I also appreciated the wry humor tucked within its pages.
Fast forward to this month's selection, which not only speaks to my inner nerd, but also pokes the wry, sarcastic imp that loves Jon Stewart's humor.
Earth (the book) is filed under non-fiction, and if there was a subset in The Tattered Cover labeled Snarky, this would be front and center. Jon Stewart and some of his friends on The Daily Show have cooked up another winner. The basic premise is fun: Let's write a book for any alien visitors who happen to stop by our planet long after we've annihilated ourselves.
Essentially, this is a big "We Were Here."
It's not a sit-down-and-read-cover-to-cover book, which is fine; we offer plenty of those in our book club. No, this is more of a coffee table book, or, for some people, a bathroom book. Pick it up, browse, land on something interesting, and then laugh.
They've broken the book into chapters such as Earth, Life, Society, Culture, Religion, Science, and a few others. Mostly you'll find it loaded with pictures and illustrations, plus factoids and witty observations which attempt to explain why we – the so-called dominant species on this planet – behave the way we do, and why we make the (often lame) decisions that we do.
Earth (the book) is visually overwhelming. You won't find blocks of large text, but rather a humorous and intellectually-stimulating collection of images and captions that take glee in poking fun at ourselves.
So just be warned: it's educational and entertaining, but with a bite. Fans of Jon Stewart will lap it up. And you can find it at all three locations of The Tattered Cover Book Store
. Mention Dom's Book Club and you'll be able to pick it up for 20% off. Enjoy!