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Reviewed by Erin Nicole Cochran for Readers' Favorite
Tour of Insanity: Manifesto for Better Home Design by authors Kelly Mitchell and Matthew Zakutny is a non-fiction book mixed with humor along the way. It describes the birth and evolution of what surrounds us in the everyday lives that we lead, from bathrooms to front yards, to garages and beyond. As modern people living in 2021, it is always important to know or have some idea as to how the world works around us, even if we didn’t play the part of inventor or architect. What you find in Mitchell and Zakutny’s book Tour of Insanity is a treasure trove of facts you would have never guessed brought to you in a way that makes you want to absorb it all like a giddy sponge.
Kelly Mitchell and Matthew Zakutny’s Tour of Insanity: Manifesto for Better Home Design made me laugh, made me curious, and most importantly made me feel like I learned something that was significant and that I could remember. Every page that I read made me want to get to the next and devour it. I think I was expecting a crazy amount of comedy throughout, which made me hesitate at first. But Tour of Insanity is the perfect balance of humor added to facts that I’ve ever come across. And the images used within took you back in time to the ’70s and into nostalgia, even if carpeted bathrooms weren’t recommended. The photos of garages that were used in the book were gorgeous and made me want to start my life over and do it better, so I could have one. One of the comedic bits that made me laugh was on page 12: “The evil of front lawns was handed down by Abraham Levitt (the first Karen) in the late 1940s." This is just a small “paint chip” (yep, I went there with a pun) of what lies in store when you turn the pages of Kelly Mitchell and Matthew Zakutny’s Tour of Insanity.