Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Review: With One Eye Open

With One Eye Open by Polly Frost

(For review from the author)


Polly Frost's humor book, "With One Eye Open," brings together twenty-five of her funniest stories, essays and pieces. Her targets for delicious satire include blogaholism, fitness trends, gamers, sex writers, carbohydrate addicts, and friendship in the age of the internet and cellphones.

Polly's humor has been published in numerous magazines including
The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Grin & Tonic and Narrative. Four of her humor pieces were selected for The New Yorker "best of" anthologies "Disquiet, Please!" and "Fierce Pajamas."


"Miss Polly Frost is so funny, so wildly intelligent, and so mean to the unfortunate half-wits who cross her path, she is the Edith Wharton of her generation." --E. Jean Carroll, Elle columnist and life advisor at

"In these sharp and unsettling, and very, very funny pieces, Polly Frost shows us how inordinately pleased too many of us are with the way we live now." --Daniel Menaker, author of A Good Talk: The Story and Skill of Conversation

"Polly Frost captures in fabulous details, the absurdity of life. Laughing out loud often follows. Whether it's inventing an I-Dog (cross between a phone and a dog) or seminars to help repressed bloggers release their inner critic, it's all here. Her work mixes highly observational smarts with a little bit of sass. It comes back and bites you in the ass when you're not looking." --Laura Banks, author ofEmbracing Your Big Fat Ass

"Polly Frost makes it look easy. I hate her." --Larry Doyle, author of Go, Mutants! and I Love You, Beth Cooper

With One Eye Open by Polly Frost is a collection of Frost's most popular humorous pieces. Some have been published in magazines and newspapers and have gotten rave reviews. Frost has a very sarcastic wit, which really appeals to me. She has been compared to Edith Wharton and I would definitely agree with that. She speaks to the reader where they are, and humor always seems to make the truth go down a bit easier.

Polly writes about things we encounter everyday and gives us a humorous look at life. There were several themes in this book, that had me rolling on the floor with laughter. I think I am most definitely a blogaholic. I'm gonna have to start going to meetings LOL... and her take on friendship via the internet and cell phone was spot on. I found it funny, but all too true in most cases.

If we all looked at life like Polly Frost does, we would do a whole more laughing and a lot less crying. We might even look at exercise from a different perspective. When Frost starts talking about diagnosing the personality disorders of her family in friends, I just started cackling, don't we all do that? I know I do. My sister has "Annoying Conversation Changing Disorder" LOL... There are so many good stories in this book. If you want a good laugh or you just want to read a book that light and full of fun, this one is for you!

With One Eye Open is available NOW from your favorite bookseller.

This one gets 4 out of 5 apples from my book bag! Check it out! I know you'll be laughing from the first page to the last.

Here is some additional information about Polly Frost.

Polly Frost is an author, playwright and journalist who lives in New York City with her husband, Ray Sawhill. Polly's story collection, "Deep Inside," was published by Tor in 2007. Polly and Ray Sawhill often collaborate. Their play, "The Last Artist in New York City," was selected for Best American Short Plays 2008-2009 published by Applause. They co-wrote and co-produced "The Fold" webseries along with director, Matt Lambert. Visit Polly's website for more information: