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Summary: This is a collection of Mary Roach's columns about life published in Reader's Digest. The stories are anecdotal, personal, emotional, and humorous. Together, Ms. Roach's columns create an anthology of short essays for readers.
Type of Reading: read aloud book, independent reading
Recommended Age: read together: 12 and Up; read yourself: 13 and Up
Young Reader Reaction: This collection of humorous stories kept me laughing and smiling the whole time I read them. My favorite is called "The Way I Can't See It," a story about the authors need for reading glasses and the different emotions she feels. It starts with "This is a story of loss and denial," but kept me laughing from beginning to end.
My Planet is easy to pick up during short breaks. It is broken into different sections per type of story. I recommend this for readers in high school or older. It will give you a good laugh.
Adult Reader Reaction: Review pending.
Pros: Short essays about life and life's changes give readers a book where they an pick and choose whatever strikes their funnybone.
Borrow or Buy: Borrow. While humorous, the essays are really one-and-done stories.