A hilarious illustrated satire of a Lake Wobegon gone hideously wrong and the earnest reporter who hopes to save it from extinction. Wigfield is a town in danger, and its only hope lies in the self-righteous "journalist" Russell Hokes, who arrives hoping to capture the quiet dignity of the disappearing American Small Town. 20 photos.A hilarious illustrated satire of a Lake Wobegon gone hideously wrong and the earnest reporter who hopes to save it from extinction. Wigfield is a town in danger, and its only hope lies in the self-righteous "journalist" Russell Hokes, who arrives hoping to capture the quiet dignity of the disappearing American Small Town. 20 photos.Read Less
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I recommend this book to anyone who was a fan of "Strangers With Candy". In this book you will find the story of a town that isn't really a town, full of squaters fighting the government for their right to stay put on some land that they claimed to be Wigfield. Once again Amy Sedaris is magically turned into whatever character she is protraying for the camera. And if you live in small town America you will find the characters relatable. After all who doesn't know the teenage punk working at the fastfood joint who's only goal in life is have his heavy metal band make it big some day? Read this book! You won't be sorry that you did.
Publishers Weekly, 2003-04-28 The authors are well-known comedians. The photographer is a famous designer. The result is unlike anything the genre of humorous fiction has seen before. The book tells, sort of, the story of Wigfield, a small town that realizes it's in danger when the government wants to destroy a local dam in order to protect the local salmon population. Faced with imminent flood, the town solicits Russell Hokes, a self-centered hack journalist, who hopes to capture the undying spirit of the all-American small town. Wigfield, alas, is very far from living up to the bucolic image it intends to foster, and as the dam draws nearer to destruction, so does Wigfield's self-created myth. The plot unfolds as a series of interviews Hokes conducts with local residents, accompanied by droll, surreal photographs by Oldham. In the end, Hokes succeeds in his goal, which is, as he notes in his attached rsum, to "write a book, other than the ones that I have already written, so that I may use my words like a sword of swift justice in service of the truth, but in an easy-to-read, highly marketable way." He does so, however, not by creating a Capraesque tribute to smalltown America, but by unwittingly exposing the bumbling foolery beneath its surface. The book is one of those rare works of satire that combine creative form, uproariously funny text and a painfully sharp underpinning of social criticism. (May) Forecast: Sedaris, Dinello and Colbert have been appearing together on stage since they met at Chicago's Second City. The book will be cross-promoted with their performances (if only they were doing readings, too!), and will likely get plenty of media attention, particularly in the alternative press. (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
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