The News from Arkansas

Sense of Humor Required

Non-Fiction - Memoir
220 Pages
Reviewed on 03/27/2020
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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite

The News from Arkansas: Sense of Humor Required is a work of non-fiction written in the style of a memoir by author Valerie Katz. Based on a collection of emails and news bulletins to recount her adventures to her family, this heartfelt work by Valerie Katz shows the journey from her native California and her relocation to Arkansas, after a very persuasive advert made by the fabulous Eric Estrada. What follows is the amusing and amazing journey that such a big life change brings, especially from the perspective of such an enigmatic and charming lady, who always seems to land herself in trouble.

Author Valerie Katz will draw you in from the first minute of reading this highly addictive and charming memoir collection. Cultures, scenery, and ways of living collide, and the comparisons made are charming and very astute. The narrative style is certain to captivate for its raw humor and wonderful observational style, in which it’s clear the author is fully brave enough to admit her own flaws and laugh at herself. This makes for highly endearing reading, and one of the things I enjoyed most about the style was the feeling of family that you get from it, as though you’re being brought into this author’s personal circle when she writes to you about her adventures. Overall, The News from Arkansas: Sense of Humor Required is a truly uplifting and comedic work with true heart and soul, and is highly recommended for anyone looking for a mood boost and a good honest laugh.