I first heard of Alicia Tobin way back in 2012 when I was introduced to the weekly comedy podcast, Stop Podcasting Yourself. Since then, I’ve been a loyal listener and Alicia is one of my favorite recurring guests. When I found out that she had written a book of essays, I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. I was not disappointed!
Alicia writes like she’s been churning out essays for years, which is impressive considering this is her first book. The stories in here are touching, hilarious and at times, pretty raw; it’s like riding a roller coaster of emotions. She touches on all stages of her life from a broke, struggling retail employee in Montreal to her successes (and sometimes failures) as a comedian on Canada’s west coast. There are points where I laughed out loud and others where I felt my eyes welling up (although, there is much more laughing than crying here).
I would put Alicia Tobin’s first book up against the best of David Sedaris – it’s that good. I had a great time reading this one and I hope you do too.
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I don’t read a lot of essays, but I probably need a bit more humor in my reading choices these days. I personally thought I stuff I read by David Sedaris was kind of cynical and misanthropic, he’s certainly smart and witty but I can’t say his writing exactly made me feel good.