Reviewed by Trudi LoPreto for Readers' Favorite
Laugh and Death is funny, serious, imaginative and memorable. I found myself really enjoying many of the newspaper articles written by Blake Chambers. Some made me stop and say "hmm," others made me smile, some made me sad and some I could easily relate to. There are a large range of short individual articles, my favorite being the “Want a Hippopotamus for Christmas,” a song I personally look forward to hearing and singing badly each year. I particularly enjoyed the special Christmas bulletins written by his young granddaughter, Ava, too. Others included a squirrel named Raul; beach and mountain vacations gone very wrong, and I have certainly been there and done that; the hardship of giving up diet soda; watching TV with children in the house; politics; sports and the importance of reading, to name just a few. There were also short stories included, although I personally preferred the articles, but they were different and entertaining.
Blake Chambers’s column in his hometown newspaper in Washington, Indiana truly represents the times we are living in, the memories we have and the crazy things that happen to us on a regular basis. Laugh and Death is reminiscent of Dave Barry and Irma Bombeck articles and books, and if you liked them you cannot help but enjoy Blake Chambers’s style of writing. Laugh and Death is a non-fiction, funny book that is engaging, amusing, witty and pleasurable. It is a book that both men and women will easily be able to identify with, and I highly recommend adding Laugh and Death to your current reading list. I don’t think you will be disappointed.