Friday’s Revised Desk Read

So much praise, so much love for The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving this week, that we just had to pull the book out for our Friday Desk Read:

•Amazon features Jonathan Evison — “Ken Kesey’s spiritual heir, one of our editors called him” — and The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving in its Omnivoracious Q&A blog. Beer and Ping Pong come up.

B&N Review highlights Revised Fundamentals: “Evison has penned a raucous and tender paean to hope, a charming comedy of the not-well-mannered.”(And the reviewer isn’t exactly known for his glowing reviews, so this cares some extra pow.)

And speaking of glowing, here’s what Paul Constant at has to say: “Let’s not mince words. The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is far and away the best novel Jonathan Evison has ever written.”

BookBrowse makes Revised Fundamentals an Editors’ Choice, saying “Humor abounds, death hovers, suspense grows, danger threatens, but life keeps bursting out of these people and will not be denied.”

Carol Fitzgerald of recommends it from her vacation reading: “Very different from a book I would normally read, but it has such a heart that I found myself really rooting for Ben and Trey’s adventure.”

•The Wilmington Star News says that “Evison tells his yarn with deadpan humor…a parable about learning to cope with unbearable pain, about the price of healing and about coming to know oneself. It’s a not-very-long, strange trip, but the company is agreeable, and the scenery is superb.”

•The Express in Milwaukee calls it “an inspiring tale on life’s surprises and the heart’s capacity to mend, filled with a perfect blend of humor and sadness.”

From “The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving is a fun, thoughtful, quirky read.”

And, of course, the review that kicked off the week of Revised Fundamentals with a bang: In the New York Times Book Review, Jennifer Gilmore calls Evison’s Ben Benjamin novel “funny and relatable…engaging.”

After all that, what else could we read at our desks during lunch? How about you? Enjoy…


One Comment On This Post:

March 20, 2013
5:17 am
karen guger says...

The title of this book caught my eye given that I’ve been a caregiver for the last 9 years. Loved it from beginning to end and so appreciated the message of hope and the need to carry on no matter what life hands you. Laughed out loud a few times. Will be picking up his other two books soon.

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