Vacationland by John Hodgman


Although his career as a bestselling author and on The Daily Show With Jon Stewart was founded on fake news and invented facts, in 2016 that routine didn't seem as funny to John Hodgman anymore. Everyone is doing it now. Disarmed of falsehood, he was left only with the awful truth: John Hodgman is an older white male monster with bad facial hair, wandering like a privileged Sasquatch through three wildernesses: the hills of Western Massachusetts ...

Details Vacationland

Release DateOct 24th, 2017
GenreNonfiction, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Biography Memoir

Reviews Vacationland

  • Hannah
    John Hodgman gave me an ARC of his new book the other day at the library, and I pretty much immediately devoured it. I found it both genuinely funny and funnily genuine, and like the humor of his podcast that I very much enjoy, I thought its great honesty gave it real punch. Hodgman's observations about my home state, Maine, are insightful and relatable, and his owning up to his own privileged existence throughout the volume mirrors his admission...
  • Drew
    4.5, in fact. I think I might need to write about this one for real when I get back from vacation.
  • Kathy
    Plainly put, John Hodgman's Vacationland is great. It positively exudes Hodgman-yness. Yes, I had to check the cover repeatedly to make sure it hadn't grown an alarming goatee/mustache combination! Straight Talk: If you are a John Hodgman fan you will like this book; If you aren't, you wont. I am and I did and I regret nothing!FULL DISCLOSURE: I received an ARC of this book from Viking/Netgalley in exchange for an honest (though possibly biased) ...
  • Pop Bop
    He's Such A TeaseLike Calvin Trillin, (who may be a bit more urbane and "citified" compared to Hodgman's more rueful suburban everyman persona), John Hodgman often feels like he's ever so gently teasing the reader, even as he amuses.In this collection Hodgman declares that he's pretty much burned out and used up, such that these pieces are sadly all that he has left. Maybe it's time for a retrospective and a little bit of a summing up. There's th...
  • Cristina
    Former deranged millionaire John Hodgman has run out of fun false facts and has decided to instead to get very, very real. In a collection of essays that span his migratory patterns across New England, he has pieced together a deeply personal memoir from reflections on his life. We visit western Massachusetts to learn deference to The Dumpmen and the rock-stacking river witches: we travel to the cruel beaches of Maine to contemplate privilege, ag...
  • Julie
    Writer, humorist, podcaster, PC guy, and Daily Show contributor John Hodgman is back, and he's telling (almost) the whole truth. In this collection of funny and reflective essays, Hodgman explores the existential symbolism of his patchy beard, how to navigate the social and natural wilds of Maine, and how even the weirdest dads have some "cool" cred. It's funny, and it's wrought--life is short, and Hodgman's book never lets you forget his (and yo...
  • Chad
    Anyone familiar with the Judge John Hodgman podcast (highly recommended) will enjoy this collection of stories from Hodgman, a purveyor of what someone in the book calls "white privilege comedy". There are stories—usually in his wry, self-deprecating style—about accidentally acquiring an old wooden rowboat, about growing up an only child, about vacationing in rural Maine, and about a particularly adventurous speaking engagement at a college...
  • Kathy
    An interesting mix of autobiographical essays about getting older and random thoughts. I enjoyed it because a) I grew up in Maine and he _nails_ what it's like to be a Mainer and b) it's quite humorous. It's a short book, easy to read and will make you laugh out loud. Give it a try!
  • Martin
    Enjoyable mix of a personal narrative and evolution and growth of the celebrity author. The book merits a higher evaluation in the northeast
  • Elena
    Hilarious, of course. I would happily read John's witty & sentimental reflections on parenthood, Maine, Massachussets, indie music, politics, and so much more every day!
  • Alice
    John Hodgman is charming.
  • Portia
    What. A. Delight.  I have been watching John Hodgman in various things for years but didn't really know anything about him so this was so much fun to read.  The essays varied in topic and I really got a rounded view of who John Hodgman is.  My roommates ended up reading most of the book with me because I kept having to share the best passages with them (which were the majority of the book).  It is so well written and I can't explain how much ...