Falling Up the Stairs

By James Lileks - Rating: 7/10

I know Lileks mostly as a humorous conservative commentator and a connoisseur of cheesy 50’s pop culture. I wasn’t sure what to expect with this one. Fortunately, the book leans more on the humor side of his writing than the politics. Politics come mostly in the form of the main antagonists being a group of PETA-like activists, but, for the most part, this is the story of a small town news reporter trying to regain his bearings after losing his girlfriend and his job. The first half of the book is chock full of one-liners and witty prose, but things get a little less jokey as the plot begins to unfold. I would have preferred a lighter tone throughout but the novel still managed to keep me engaged up to the end.

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