Among one of the most memorable books I have read is "I Hope They Serve Beer in Hell," a memoir by Tucker Max. I read it in Greece over two days and was floored by its originality and humor.
I was referred to the book by Scott, who originally received it from Courtney, who heard about it from Nick Rogers. Courtney also told Brother Bear about it, and all parties called it a must-read. I've since recommended it to Katrine, who called it "definitely different."
"I liked it," she said. "I have to give him [Tucker Max] credit for being smart and becoming successful, but I would never be his friend."
Why would she say that? Because Tucker Max is an asshole and, if you read the book, you'd know that the only reason he would befriend Katrine would be to get into her pants.
Each chapter is a stand-alone, crazy, college story -- the kind your best friend tells you, but is too embarrassed to tell anyone else about. Tucker Max has no shame. He tells one unbelievable story after another, and they're certainly all more entertaining than that story your best friend told you about. His stories detail sex, drunkiness and usually some combination of the two.
Here's what the book's author bio says:
"Tucker Max received his B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he graduated in 1998. He attended Duke Law School on an academic scholarship, where he graduated with a J.D. in 2001 (despite the fact that he neglected to buy any of his textbooks for his final two years and spent part of one semester -- while still enrolled in classes -- living in Cancun). Tucker is purportedly the reason Duke dropped from 7 to 11 in the USN&NR rankings during his tenure. He currently lives in New York, and when he isn't drinking or fornicating, he writes for his website, tuckermax.com."
So why do I recommend this book? Because it gives insight to how people let themselves go from time to time and how parasites like Tucker Max benefit from those moments. As Scott says, "He's a genius who uses his intelligence for all the wrong reasons." He also happens to be a great storyteller and uses a direct dialogue style of writing that reads off the page the way a friend would tell a story.
It's offensive. It's hilarious. It's a look behind closed-doors. It's a New York Times Bestseller, and, more importantly, the first entry into the WIB Book Club. Those of you who have read the book, I encourage you to leave comments with your thoughts.