By Christopher Buckley
A rare wide-ranging choice of essays with “distinctive wordplay and quirky opinions…Christopher Buckley is nice corporation no matter if you’re trying to find fast pages and a grin, or are looking to linger” (The ny occasions e-book Review).
Christopher Buckley, like his fabulous quantity But sufficient approximately You, includes multitudes. Tackling matters starting from “How to coach Your Four-Year-Old to Ski” to “A brief heritage of the computer virus Zapper,” and “The paintings of Sacking” to literary friendships with Joseph Heller and Christopher Hitchens, he's instantaneously a funny storyteller, astute cultural critic, adventurous vacationer, and irreverent historian.
Reading those essays is the similar of being within the corporation of a greatly witty and enlightening spouse. Praised as “both deeply educated and deeply humorous” by way of The Wall highway Journal, Buckley could have you guffawing and reflecting in equivalent degree. this can be a infrequent mixture of huge rules and really enjoyable writing.
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