37.  About the House


“Our front door, durable and bold.

But the threshold is softening,

the frame’s warped humor”

About the House, Jenny Slate & Ron Slate

This book is written by commedian Jenny Slate (SNL, Marcel the Shell With Shoes, Obvious Child) and her father, poet Ron Slate.  It’s a collection of essays and poems about their home in Milton, Mass, and what life was like as their family grew up there.  It’s very good.  If you are used to books by Tiny Fey, Amy Poehler and Mindy Kaling, you will be surprised by this - it’s not a comedy book like theirs.  Rather, it’s a collection of serious mediations on Slate’s life and family, on how she became who she is, on the failure of her marriage.  Which isn’t to say that it’s not amusing and interesting - just don’t expect Bossypants.  Ron’s contributions are equally interesting and insightful.  I was particularly drawn in by his pieces on why he stopped writing for so long, and what drew him back to it.  If you only know Jenny from her work (or, worse, from having briefly dated Chris Evans), I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised by this book.

Now, about the book - it was published by the Concord Free Press.  And it was just that - free.  The idea is that by taking a copy you agree to give away money to a local charity, someone who needs it, or a person on the street.  Where the money goes or how much is your call.  When you are done you pass the book on to someone else so they can read and give.  Since I’m done with this one, I will gladly pass it on.  The first person who reads this and comments either here or on Facebook, I will mail the book to you, as long as you commit to giving to charity, in the spirit of the project.  Just let me know!  (You can find out more about the Concord Free Press HERE.)

© Carrie Dunsmore 2017