Why We Suck

Why We Suck

A Feel Good Guide to Staying Fat, Loud, Lazy and Stupid

Book - 2008
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"A pissed off Leary is the best Leary," says one critic of the writer and comic. In Why We Suck, Dr Denis Leary uses his common sense, and his biting and hilarious take on the world, to attack the politically correct, the hypocritical, the obese, the thin - basically everyone who takes themselves too seriously.In Why We Suck, Leary's famously smart style and sardonic wit have found their fullest and fiercest expression yet. Zeroing in on the ridiculous wherever he finds it, Leary unravels his Irish Catholic upbringing, the folly of celebrity, the pressures of family life, and the great hypocrisy of politics.Proudly Irish American, defiantly working class, with a reserve of compassion for the underdog and the overlooked, Leary delivers blistering diatribes that are penetrating social commentary with no holds barred. Leary's book will find wide appeal among people who want to laugh out loud or find a guide who matches their view of what's wrong in America and the world-at-large.
Publisher: New York : Viking Penguin, 2008
ISBN: 9780670031603
0670031607
Branch Call Number: 814.54 Leary 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xvi, 240 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.)

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Andy22407
Apr 20, 2013

Screaming funny through most of the book. Typical Denis Leary witty sarcasm. I enjoyed the book and was surprised with who he seemed to respect/admire.

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sarrizvi
Oct 13, 2011

Nicely written and entertaining read. Keep in mind that the author's language at times is a little out there.
I found that I feel very deeply about issues that Denis Leary writes about, and honestly speaking, if one didn't laugh at the observations that the author makes, one would cry in shame and rage!

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cvdimples
May 28, 2011

Not bad but not good either. It's blah

GinaJoe May 06, 2011

lol; a riot to read

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derekwolfgram
Nov 29, 2010

Relatively predictable for anyone who's ever heard Dr. Leary before, but still a pretty enjoyable read. Angry, profanity-laced, and carefully constructed to make sure that something in the book offends every single reader, Why We Suck is by turns memoir, self-help guide, social criticism, and good old fashioned rant (plus recipes - don't miss those!). Most surprising: the genuine reverence Leary has for Oprah Winfrey and what she is able to get done from her unique position in our culture. Following only the "Irish Trinity" of Kennedy, Jesus, and Dad (plus of course his mother and his wife), Oprah appears to round out Leary's top 6 most respected people. If you like your social criticism with a heavy dose of sarcasm (and the more-than-occasional mention of the Bruins and the Red Sox), and you're able to laugh at yourself, Why We Suck is a fun way to spend a couple of hours.

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kaszelong
Aug 09, 2010

Offensive & hilarious, I enjoyed it for the most part. Not the best writing style, a lot of repeated arguments, but overall, a humorous look at the major problems in American culture.

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kelliet
Apr 22, 2010

I love Denis Leary and just spent my time at work laughing my butt off while reading his rants. This is one man I would definitely vote for if he were to run for office. Maybe then something would get done to help the everyday person and not just the fatcats.

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sarrizvi
Oct 13, 2011

sarrizvi thinks this title is suitable for 15 years and over

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