Baptists at Our Barbecue Book Review

To be honest, it took me three years to finish this book.  It’s not because it wasn’t wonderful.  It’s because I was dealing with a lot of other things and it just didn’t get high enough up on the priority list for me to reengage.  I generally don’t read novels, or at least novels that aren’t business related.  I’ve been this way since junior high, which is to say, quite a few years ago.  At Henry James Junior High other students would grab fiction books from the library.  I grabbed biographies.

This nerdiness paid off immensely when I needed to pass a general science CLEP test.  Thankfully I had been reading astronomy text books for fun.  Passed with flying colors.

But, I digress.

This book was turned into a movie, and the movie has many pleasant memories for me.  One of them is when I had returned from home to Iraq and had to spend a few days waiting before moving north.  One of the things I did with those guys was watch the movie version of this book.  I figured they’d be offended because of the heavy Mormon cultural references.  They weren’t.  They laughed pretty hard throughout the whole movie.  Why?  Because the characters are simply wonderful.  While I could praise the director and cast for a well done execution, the credit goes better to the book’s author, Robert Farrell Smith.

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His own proud section in the About the Author portion of the book illustrates his humor and ability to apply self-deprecation.  The book is full of lovely witty moments and brilliantly sparkling characters.

I’m no

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t actually sure what else to say since I don’t read fiction very often I can’t tell if the characters are too flat, say things the wrong way or any of those things.  I can tell you that I enjoyed the book even to the point where I might read it again, but I don’t quite want to commit to that because it might take me another three years.  Then I’m afraid that someone would just end up writing a sequel and basing one of the characters off of me.

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