I Injured My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato

Or...I Should Have Stuck With the Twist

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
180 Pages
Reviewed on 04/18/2023
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Author Biography

James Robinson, Jr. is an award-winning author who has written 9 books in both the fiction and non-fiction genres.
His first book, Fighting the Effects of Gravity: A Bittersweet Journey Into Middle Life, is an Indie Award winner for nonfiction. His first foray into fiction, Book of Samuel, was a Readers’ Favorite Award Winner. His 6th composition—Jay Got Married—is a collection of 9 humorous, satirical essays which often speak to ironies and inconsistencies of life.
His last work, Old Age Sucks, could be considered a follow-up to his first treatise, Fighting the Effects of Gravity.
Mr. Robinson’s current literary entry released January 16 of 2023 and titled I Injured My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato or…I Should Have Stuck with the Twist, consists of 25 humorous essays covering such diverse topics as: How I injured my foot attempting an old dance after watching a Family Feud episode, Bat Lives Matter, Finding Bigfoot, and The Conn (as in Star Trek).
Mr. Robinson hit the ground running with his writing career at age 45 when the Effects of Gravity kicked in and his children began to mature, affording him the time to write. It was also then that he began to hone in on his sardonic wit.
Mr. Robinson resides in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife of 46 years. He is the father of three daughters ages 40, 41, and 43 and the proud grandfather of six.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Philip Van Heusen for Readers' Favorite

I Injured My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato by James Robinson, Jr. is a delightfully fun book that causes the senses to dance with joy. Robinson tells stories of his life to which many of us can relate. He and I are about the same age, and his tales brought back many fond memories. The younger generation will enjoy learning how life used to be along with the humor found in everyday living. He covers many facets of life, from summer camp as a child, vacations, and his strong distaste for the woods, to his admiration of bats and asks: "Why do we use the word love for objects that are not human? Should it not be reserved for our connection with another human?"

Doesn’t everyone love stories about Christmas? James Robinson, Jr. includes several stories about his thoughts on Christmas in I Injured My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato. His stories are based on his life and share the views of a Baby Boomer with a writing style that is personable and homey and feels as if he is sitting next to you relating his latest exploits. This is a feel-good book and you will enjoy reading about his various adventures and how they shaped his life. The photos and illustrations scattered throughout add even more humor to the mix. There are some mild oaths and mention of the F word; otherwise, the stories are great to share with your children or grandchildren about how life used to be lived.

Essien Asian

Being old is one thing but watching the world around you evolve as you go from toddler to strapping youth to that point in time where you have more silver in your hair than in your kitchen is quite the experience. Not everyone gets to document it but then, not everyone is like James Robinson Jr. From talking his way around movie theater queues to experiencing the pain that comes from having your Christmas fantasies shredded or knowing just where to put that deviant comma, no topic is off-limits for this veteran. I Hurt My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato: Or...I Should Have Stuck with the Twist is his one-of-a-kind, humor-filled chronicle.

Robinson's book is quite the read. His use of distinctive language to describe individuals and the vivid manner in which he brings his escapades to life creates an immersive experience that is almost impossible to replicate anywhere else. Words like "ticket-booth Nazis" had me rolling with laughter. Despite the copious helpings of humor that James Robinson Jr. employs, there is ample evidence of a lingering concern with the present state of affairs in the world today. His comparison between what he grew up knowing as the standard to what is available at present is thought-provoking. The excerpts from popular television shows of those times brought back evocative memories for me. I Hurt My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato is the sort of book in that words cannot adequately describe. This is an exceptional memoir by a talented individual.

Samantha Dewitt (Rivera)

Everyone has their own thoughts and opinions about things. But often people are too nervous to say anything or they don't want to offend anyone. With I Hurt My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato by James Robinson, Jr. that's not the case. Mr. Robinson isn't afraid to hurt feelings and isn't afraid to speak his mind. You'll get a little bit of everything in this series of essays and you'll be entertained throughout the book. You will never know what's coming next because these essays are completely random and about a little bit of everything that happens in life. But no matter which ones you're reading, you're going to find something you can relate to. Mr. Robinson shares what he thinks, but he'll have you thinking about what's going on in the world and how you feel about some of these controversial (or maybe not-so-controversial) issues.

I Hurt My Foot Doing the Mashed Potato by James Robinson, Jr. is all about what you can learn by listening to others. With this book, you get to see his personal thoughts and feelings about a whole lot of different issues. Whether those are major issues or not is up to you, but what you won't find here is pandering or anything wishy-washy. Whether it's his opinion on the use of the word 'love' in our world (he believes it's overused) or his views on movies and ratings (he is opposed to the direction movies are going), you're going to find a whole lot of thoughts and reflections in here.