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It's All Relative

Two Families, Three Dogs, 34 Holidays, and 50 Boxes of Wine . . . A Memoir
Rouse, Wade (eBook - 2011)
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How come the only thing my family tree ever grows is nuts?”


Wade Rouse attempts to answer that question in his blisteringly funny new memoir by looking at the yearly celebrations that unite us all and bring out the very best and worst in our nearest and dearest.
Family is truly the only gift that keeps on giving—namely, the gifts of dysfunction and eccentricity—
and Wade Rouse’s family has been especially charitable: His chatty yet loving mother dresses her son
as a Ubangi tribesman, in blackface, for Halloween in the rural Ozarks; his unconventional engineer of
a father buries his children’s Easter eggs; his marvelously
Martha Stewart–esque partner believes Barbie is his baby; his garage-sale obsessed set of in-laws are
convinced they can earn more than Warren Buffett by selling their broken lamps and Nehru jackets; his
mutt Marge speaks her own language; and his oddball collection of relatives includes a tipsy Santa Claus
with an affinity for showing off his jingle balls. In the end, though, the Rouse House gifted Wade with love,
laughter, understanding, superb comic timing, and a humbling appreciation for humiliation.
Whether Wade dates a mime on his birthday to overcome his phobia of clowns or outruns a chubchasing boss on Secretary’s Day, he captures our holidays with his trademark self-deprecating humor and acerbic wit. He paints a funny, sad, poignant, and
outlandish portrait of an an all-too-typical family that will have you appreciating—or bemoaning—your
own and shrieking in laughter.


From the Hardcover edition.
How come the only thing my family tree ever grows is nuts?”


Wade Rouse attempts to answer that question in his blisteringly funny new memoir by looking at the yearly celebrations that unite us all and bring out the very best and worst in our nearest and dearest.
Family is truly the only gift that keeps on giving—namely, the gifts of dysfunction and eccentricity—
and Wade Rouse’s family has been especially charitable: His chatty yet loving mother dresses her son
as a Ubangi tribesman, in blackface, for Halloween in the rural Ozarks; his unconventional engineer of
a father buries his children’s Easter eggs; his marvelously
Martha Stewart–esque partner believes Barbie is his baby; his garage-sale obsessed set of in-laws are


Baker & Taylor
A journalist recalls past holidays with his family that were alternately poignant, funny, life-changing, and sad.

Baker
& Taylor

A whimsical tribute to family dysfunctions by the author of Confessions of a Prep School Mommy Handler profiles his eccentric family members and their unconventional traditions based on wayward expressions of love, humiliation and forgiveness.

Authors: Rouse, Wade
Statement of Responsibility: Wade Rouse
Title: It's all relative
two families, three dogs, 34 holidays, and 50 boxes of wine . . . a memoir
[electronic resource]
Publisher: New York : Crown Pub., 2011
Characteristics: 1 online resource (288 p.)
Subject Headings: Families Ozark Mountains Holidays Ozark Mountains
Genre/Form: Humorous fiction
Electronic books
Topical Term: Families
Holidays
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc
Additional Physical Form Entry: Print version: Rouse, Wade. It's all relative. New York : Crown Pub. 2011 9780307718716 (OCoLC)644663143
ISBN: 9780307718723
0307718727
Branch Call Number: eNYPL Book
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