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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Our Coronavirus Diary: Another Brain Fart from Over-Sixty: Shades of Gray is a nonfiction humor/comedy book written by Carol Pack and Barbara Paskoff. While the authors do not argue the fact for one moment that the coronavirus pandemic is devastating in every possible way, they firmly believe that being able to see the humor in all things helps to whittle “the things that scare us down to size, making us feel more in control, so we can deal with our fears more easily.” And so, they tackle the coronavirus and see how they can whittle it down to a more manageable size. They do so with a collection of cartoons, a screenshot of a Jeopardy game specially designed for the pandemic, and a number of diary entries discussing the delights of binge-watching favorite shows, the craziness of toilet paper hoarding and describing one of the author’s bouts with pneumonia and her revolving door treatment at the hospital.
Carol Pack and Barbara Paskoff’s Our Coronavirus Diary does a surprisingly good job of taking potshots at a pandemic the likes of which no one presently alive has ever experienced before. The cartoons are right on point and often hilarious, and the diary entries will appeal to anyone who’s experienced the dubious pleasures of sheltering in place day after day after day. I particularly enjoyed the clever illustrated series titled Advantages of wearing a mask. Pack and Paskoff blithely write of the frustrations of ordering groceries online, figuring the physics of social distancing and weight gain, and they do so with flair and panache to boot. Our Coronavirus Diary: Another Brain Fart from Over-Sixty: Shades of Gray is most highly recommended.