"Combining journalistic tenacity, literary smarts, and a talent for gut-busting one-liners, Rakoff reports on his wilted salad days . . . His blend of withering wit and self-effacing humor makes these essays soar." -Entertainment Weekly
"Rakoff possesses a sociologist's eye for places where today's consoling myths reside."
-New York Times
"David Rakoff's Fraud
showcases his rapier wit, slashing in all directions with slice-of-life insights and cutting remarks, sometimes nicking himself with self-deprecation in his dexterous duello with the American experience." -Publishers Weekly
"Rakoff likes to paint himself as urbane to a fault, an outsider anywhere unpaved. But then, in the woods or on a mountaintop, he reveals himself, despite his searing and hilarious observations, to be a completely unrelenting romantic."
-Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius
"David Rakoff's hilarious, bittersweet stories are epic struggles-between smoky bars and the great outdoors, management and labor, Santa Claus and Sigmund Freud, New York versus everywhere else, and, not least, neighbor-to-the-North against South. Rakoff is such an American original it turns out he's Canadian. Vive
the brain drain!"
-Sarah Vowell, author of Take the Cannoli