professornana (professornana) wrote,

loving Larry

I love Larry, er Josh. I adored him from the moment Janet Tashjian introduced him in THE WORLD ACCORDING TO LARRY. I followed his exploits in VOTE FOR LARRY (and quite frankly he was a better candidate that year) and now we have THE WORLD ACCORDING TO LARRY. I listened to this in audio on the trip to and from McAllen this past weekend. Josh is back home happy to be a couch potato when his life makes a huge turn. He meets a guru out in the Thoreau house in the woods. Next thing he knows, Josh is becoming part of a commune of sorts. However, there is something strange about his guru and the other followers. Events spiral out of control and soon Josh is convinced that someone is planting land mines in Thoreau's woods and selling paint-by-number paintings as the work of refugee children. I do not want to give away too much more as it will spoil the various zigs and zags of the story plus the punchline to follow. Suffice to say that Josh/Larry is a fascinating person and Janet Tashjian needs to continue telling us the rest of his story. The narrator for the audio uses an appropriately youthful voice for Larry/Josh and manages to distinguish among the others in this crazy cast of characters. Tashjian plays herself in a foreword and afterword, too. Nice bonus.

I head off tomorrow for Denver where the temps will dip with each day ALA is there. Brrr.........
Tags: audio, tashjian, ya books

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