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Paperback Swerve Book

ISBN: 0452286328

ISBN13: 9780452286320


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Aisha Tyler first made us laugh out loud on Talk Soup and Friends. Now, in this rowdy collection of pop culture essays, Aisha brings her razor-sharp wit to bear on such diverse topics as light beer, deep-fried Twinkies, karaoke, and casual sex. Recounting hilarious stories from her own life, Aisha investigates the mysteries of platonic friendship, draws comparisons between dating strategies and Sun Tzu's The Art of War, ponders the popularity of the...

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This book is totally what society needs right now! IT IS A LAUGH OUT LOUD IN PUBLIC type of book. Aisha makes some serious points about real life situation, and gives real life opinions on how one "could" handle them. And every real issue doesn't have to have a "really" serious after responce. But some people are to serious about life and they fall victim to things they just really have no controll over. So those people need another way of looking at life, a comedic view of the world. But most of all, persons reading this book have to take it as it is, A DANG GOOD TIME! It's not "Origins of Species" by: Charles Darwin. It's not suppose to change the literary world. It is what it is. Humor in it's most intelligent form. And it doesn't hurt that it's coming from a sophisticated young black woman either. ;)

Laugh out loud clever!

Aisha Tyler has a strong and unique voice in her writing. Her genuineness and grounded perspective is what makes her humor so appealing to me. Her writing is unpretentious and honest. She rants about reality tv, unrealistic expectations, platonic relationships, dating, and sexism ( without going off on a feminist crazed rant ) to name just a few topics. She also explores the idea 'What is sexy?'. This book was a funny, refreshing read. Highly recommended!

Hands Down the funniest book this year!

This has to be the funniest, most honest, critical commentary on the POST-modern girl. Tyler is the voice in your head....only funnier. Her vignettes are painfully funny. I laughed out loud walking down the street, on the train, and in my home. I must read for all the girls out there.

Best book I've read in a long time!

This was THE best book I've read in ages. Witty, brilliant, painstakingly honest, funny, non-judgemental - I couldn't put it down! This book is real, throws no punches and takes no, if you get my drift. I recommend this book to everyone, males and females alike, and can't wait until her next title comes out! Ms. Tyler IS CLEVER!

The musings of a postmodern girl

Too hip to be existential but filled with age old truths, SWERVE by Aisha Tyleris a commentary on maintaining a sense of self while trying to weather theoften cold dating climate. It is packed with clever anecdotes, personalaccounts, and common sense rules for preserving dignity in the face of tryingto hook the hot guy at the end of the bar without appearing to be a harlot.Tyler begins with a basic definition of postmodernism and then she flips itand tells what it means to her. She goes on to discuss how she doesn't knowif SWERVE is postmodern or not. She began writing it with the idea of sendinga helpful message to women. What she ended up with was a witty observation oflife, dating, and self-esteem. Her humorous slant on the subject matter keepsit from being a self-help book, but her many descriptions and stories willundoubtedly lead readers to identify with some characterizations in the book.With chapters titled "The Ballad of The Yogurt Girl" and "The War of Art, orAiken v. Studdard in the World Series of Love", Tyler is entertaining andtruthful in her depictions of people at work and at play. Many times thechapters read like a conversation that Tyler was having with a friend - onethat started off on one subject, but ended up somewhere else entirely - and itstill managed to hold my attention. Where else can you find, in one chapter,a discussion of people mimicking the personalities of Ruben Studdard and ClayAiken at a karoke bar and end up with a discussion of The Art War as it relatesto dating? Using language that is spoken by those in their twenties, Tyler addresses issuesthat have long been debated in sociology classes and in bars throughout thecountry. How does a girl land a hot guy, beat out the competition and maintainher dignity? What does a woman do when she has made a fool of herself duringher quest for a man? These as well as a multitude of other topics areamong those touched on by Tyler. Her underlying message is to be yourself inthe face of any dating or social disaster and all will be fine in theend. Regardless of the subject that Tyler flows to, she is entertaining andhas put together a book that is simply fun and amusing.Reviewed by Diane Marburyof The RAWSISTAZ Reviewers
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