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Given the nickname 'little liar' by her father around the time she started talking, Sarah Thyre was the second of five children to be born into a southern family of Roman Catholics. Confused by this endearment, but eager to live up to it, she quickly managed to get herself into precarious situations....

Title : Dark at the Roots
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ISBN : 9781582433592
Format Type : Hardcover
Number of Pages : 320 Pages
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Dark at the Roots Reviews

  • West
    2019-04-21 03:06

    This book--what I read of it--was OK. The author is the same age as me, so there were a lot of amusing references to things I totally remember as a kid... but that is really the only reason I didn't quit this book earlier. I know a lot of people have loved this book; while the author has some clever things to say, this book just didn't "grab" me, and I don't finish books or movies that don't have that certain, very clever hook I am looking for.

  • Roo
    2019-05-12 05:06

    I started reading this book, and then I got an email from the library that it was due. I didn't feel any sort of sadness that it was due, so that was my sign: I just didn't dig this book that much. The chapters I read weren't bad, but I just didn't feel an intense compelling to keep going forward. So, I chalk this one up to the "unfinished" list.

  • Rebecca McNutt
    2019-05-12 01:18

    Dark at the Roots was a very different memoir, one that tells the story of the black sheep in a southern catholic family as she grows up. It wasn't a bad book but it does get very repetitive and the humor wasn't very humorous to me.

  • Elizabeth Wylder
    2019-05-06 22:25

    Maybe it's just me, but cringe-worthy (and utterly charmless) childhood memories and an abundance of bodily fluids are neither "dark" nor "humorous."

  • Moya
    2019-05-17 04:29

    (note that i tried to give this book 2 1/2 stars, which doesn't seem to be possible using the goodreads rating system....)this book was a tough read for me. having previously read augusten burroughs childhood memoir, running with scissors -- which was funny and awesome as well as disturbing -- and also david sedaris' me talk pretty one day, which was full of good humor, thyre's book just left me feeling super depressed.not that there weren't funny moments, because there were. my particular favorite was an anecdote near the beginning of the book wherein sarah needed to pee (but accidentally pooped!) while hiding during a game of "sardines", a kind of reverse hide-and-seek game. i read that bit out loud to my girls and we all laughed hysterically. :)mostly, though, sarah's story was a painful one of poverty, an abusive, somewhat absentee father, a fanatically religious mother, and a girl who desperately wanted to be more like (and liked by) her middle-class schoolmates. by the time i reached the end, my only hope was that writing it was somehow cathartic for her.

  • Melissa
    2019-04-24 00:07

    I found this on a shelf at the dollar store for a dollar. Due to it was at the dollar store. And bought it because Sarah Thyre makes me laugh my ass off on Twitter, and also sometimes think. Good books on shelves at the dollar store is a sad thing, in some ways, but also a happy thing because I didn't even know Sarah Thyre had a book and wouldn't have bought it if it weren't so cost effective.Sarah Thyre is a terrific writer. This is a wonderful book. There is no filler. It is hilarious, well constructed, sad, and relatable. I most of all appreciate how perfectly she captures the dirty minds of little girls. As a fifth-grade pornographer myself -- literary and graphic -- it was nice to see confirmation that I am not alone. In fact, she really captures the overall odd, awkward, messy preoccupation with sex that pre-adolescent and adolescent girls of our(ish) generation had.

  • Julie
    2019-05-18 06:11

    Eh, I was rather disappointed in this book. From all of the blurbs on the back, I expected it to be Laff-Out-Loud-Hilarious, but it was more sad than anything else. And not sad in the cry-your-eyes-out-this-is-a-great-book way. Sorry, Sarah, I hope your life is better now, but your book left me cold.

  • Jenn
    2019-05-09 04:33

    Hilarious and honest memoir about growing up in Louisiana in the 70s and 80s.

  • Alison
    2019-04-28 02:11

    I ordered the first chapter as a free sample from Amazon and got a kick out of what I read, so I decided to order the book. Then, as I got further into it, I was less enamored. There were times when I felt the author had to be making things up--little details here and there that seemed hyperbolic for the sake of humor, (which would be fine if this were labeled solely as Humor, but it's a Memoir). Other times I felt that some of the vignettes were a little pointless; was there something I was missing? So I was going to give it three stars. And then around the time we get into the high school era of Sarah's life, I started to appreciate more and more the sophisticated level of writing and description, and how sometimes maybe the not-enough-information factor was a purposeful choice; sometimes it's much more poetic to not come right out and say everything. (i.e., the random slap from her father in an otherwise happy vignette, and just leaving the slap at that, not expositorily saying how she felt about it).By the end, I had come around to wholly appreciating the book as a literary artwork (despite some of these potential flaws mentioned above). So it was a cool piece of side trivia, rather than a detracting factor, to learn, after I read her Acnknowledgements and looked her up, that she's got some interesting Hollywood connections. All in all, it was effecting, and when I got to the end,I was sad to be done hearing the author's voice. And that's what makes it a literary achievement, I think.

  • Meagan
    2019-04-28 03:10

    This is actually a memoir or collection of memoirs of Sarah Thyre's life. I heard her interview on NPR and though I might be interested. It sounded amusing. And it was.Basically she narrates a collection of the most memorable or life shaping moments of her quirky and screwy life. She finds humor in the unpleasent, and her delviery of things that need no sarcasim is perfect.It was weird in a way, that it was different than reading a straight through story. There wasn't a straight forward plot, or a easily recognizable goal, but such is life. I did feel that the book ended a bit aburptly. As scattered as it was, I would have liked to see some of her college years, or to find out exactly what happened to her and Tommy and her braces.Besides that it was a decent read. I think it actually worked well during my moving circumstances since I could only read bits at a time. Overall I would say it was ok. It was a good read, but not what I would call a oh-my-god-you-have-to-read-this. This could be because in a way it was like listening to my mom tell stories from when she was growing up. A portion of Thyre's memories were definately darker, and her dad was certainly an ass, but you get the idea. Around the same time period and such.On a note I was suprised with the blatant honesty about the sexuality or rather pervyness of her childhood. It reminded me of the dirty jokes me and my firends used to tell in middle school. Though she does take the cake. It made me feel less like a pervy youngster.Anyway, there you have it. It's up to you.

  • Kimberly Hicks
    2019-05-10 22:08

    Sarah Thyre is a witty, outrageously funny person. Her sarcastic sense of humor was off the charts. She hit punchlines much like Rosie O'Donnell and/or Ellen, which is what I loved about this memoir. I could relate to many aspects of her upbringing.Sarah's family was like a group of nomads--moving from state to state and city to city, which I think is why she developed such a great sense of humor. However, having said that, I found the story one-sided because it was basically about her school life from different stages, with a small glimpse into her family life. Her mother was socially aware of the planet even before it was the "in thing" today. She was light years ahead. Her father was a typical American dad, who liked his joy juice to sip and go fishing with the guys, but her parents didn't really have a great marriage, and I wanted to know why? Sarah didn't really delve into this area, and perhaps that's because her parents didn't bring the children into the fold.I've read more exciting memoirs than this, but that's not to say this was a bad read. I enjoyed it, with the exception of the long chapters. I cannot stand long and lengthy chapters--it absolutely drives me bonkers, but outside of that, I give this book three stars. If you're the type of reader who enjoys a great laugh and family life, you'll enjoy this book.

  • Gwen
    2019-05-20 03:05

    This is one of those memoirs that brought back memories from my childhood that really I could have done without, but made me feel a little better--at least I'm not the only person whose dad put a bucket in the van for use as a toilet on family trips. The author's family moved from Kansas City to Louisiana when she was a kid, and she had the typical white-trash upbringing--mean father, weird Christian mom, crummy clothes, moments of suddenly realizing she's poor and people think she's trashy.And Thyre was a WEIRD kid. Just weird. I mean, yeah, I wanted to have a circus act where I'd train my cows to do tricks, thus saving them from slaughter (b/c who could eat a brilliant cow that jumped through hoops of fire?), but she out-weirds me. There are lots of similarities, though--we both, despite being dorky, weird, unpopular poor kids, got the idea to run for student government. She won. I...didn't. I feel like if Thyre and I hung out, we'd spend an evening saying, "Did you ever..." and then the other one would shriek "Oh, holy crap, I TOTALLY..." I didn't have her penchant for finding porn. I don't think I found porn even once in my entire childhood.And when I read the acknowledgments I discovered she's married to Andy Richter! Who knew? Hopefully I'm destined to marry a famous comedian/actor. And hopefully it's Dmetri Martin from "The Daily Show."

  • Jodi Sh.
    2019-05-15 22:15

    I would like to be Sarah Thyre's best friend. Which, seeing as I am the kind of person who has a dining room table that seat eight and refuses to get chairs, is a high compliment. This was one of those rare books I wished wouldn't end. I don't think there's a woman alive—no matter how happy you think your childhood was—that won't identify with the voices in Thyre's head.This is definitely not the Beaver Cleaver family, as a matter of fact, had they met as children, Sarah and Jeanette Walls (The Glass Castle)would have had a lot to talk about, but it's Sarah's sense of irony and humor that makes the telling of this story of painful childhood events, sibling bonding, pre-teen shame and ignorance so, well, fun.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-18 01:16

    Did you know Sarah Thyre is married to Andy Richter? I did not, and was surprised/pleased to learn this information. Anyway, I am sad to have finished reading Dark at the Roots, as it is a series of humorous vignettes about the author's tormented childhood, and the format and content are simply perfect for reading at bedtime. I don't know what I'll read now that I've finished. The stories are equal parts horrifying and hilarious, which makes for compelling reading. I'm personally always gratified to read about other people's disfunctional childhoods, and this book does not disappoint. I really admire Thyre's unflinching willingness to recount, in lurid detail, humiliating experiences that are pretty much endemic to childhood, but are rarely spoken of outside the confines of a therapist's office. And she's a good writer, to boot. I don't read many books these days that strike me as being all that "original," but I do think Thyre's memoir is. Two thumbs up!

  • Meagan Houle
    2019-05-15 23:13

    Sarah is a skilled comedian and it shows. Her knowledge of pacing, and her general comfort with delivery, are evident on every page. It's a fun read, and a wild ride. Sarah was an oddball, and she knows it. she spares no details, describing the uncomfortable, ugly, and undignified alongside the hilarious, sweet, and pleasant. Her family, especially her parents, are highly present in the book, though they are not always rendered with fondness. Sarah's light spirit can lull you into thinking the book won't present you with anything unpleasant, but Sarah's life wasn't all roses, not even close, and she doesn't shy from telling us about it.All in all, it was a good book and a lot of fun to read, especially when sandwiched between heavier works. It's not brilliant, but it's solid. Give it a try. Her brand of humour isn't for everyone, but it ought to resonate with most people at least a little.

  • Tima
    2019-05-12 00:08

    This book was nothing special, in my humble opinion. Thyre's life was just as eccentric (maybe even less so) as her genre-equivalents -- except she isn't that great of a story teller.Of course, there were funny moments and relatable moments but I wasn't as interested in this book as I usually am. Maybe I'm just getting burned out on stories of now-middle-aged women from quirky, eccentric, poor, religious, semi-abusive homes. The book is blurbed all by people she knows personally, so I take their opinions with a grain of salt. After all, we all think our friends are hilarious (or would have hurt feelings if we told them otherwise). The most interesting thing I learned about Sarah Thyre is that she's been married to Andy Richter for over 17 years. And, I learned that via a late night google session, not from the book. Mildly interesting read, at best. If you're looking for books of this type, I have many recommendations of better ones.

  • Kaite Stover
    2019-05-10 01:05

    From the moment young Sarah gives a fake name to a security guard in a shopping mall while he announces her name over the loud speaker to the time she sweet talks a dentist into giving her braces that her father will pay for, Sarah’s attempts at better life are not just fraught with peril, but humiliation and laughter. None of the incidents are extraordinary, but they are recognizable for their ordinariness and made unique by Sarah’s quirky worldview.Teens will find Sarah’s teenage attempts to present herself in a better light to her peers and her imaginative oral reports and other school antics amusing and touching. They will also be encouraged by Sarah’s tenacity that life will get better once she’s away from her parents and school.

  • Ashlee
    2019-05-18 03:08

    I had high hopes for this one - I do love stories about dysfunctional southern familes (Prince of Tides, YaYa, etc.)I was sold when i read the first line on the back referring to her mother who led a prayer group "sipping martinis while pondering chapter and verse" There was a lot of funny in it and some dark stuff but when i was done i really felt like there was no teeth to it. I just kind of wanted to tell her, "WHAA - boo - hoo for you, you pretty much had a typical, non-rich kid, growin up in the south in the seventies childhood." It inspired me to start writing my own book which i did for about a week. . . then i realized maybe i need to respect Ms.Thyre a little more - that is way too depressing to do!!!!

  • Sarah
    2019-04-19 23:21

    Well this memoir was a kick to read, but I'm not if high school students will enjoy it. The author is a writer/actress who looks familiar to me but I'm not sure from where. The jacket says she has been on Conan O'Brien so maybe that's where I've seen her. [return]The cover of the book is awesome. Gotta love the freaky doll. My daughter wanted to read it and she's only four. She was very disappointed that there weren't any pictures. [return]The author had an interesting life. Her dad was strange and her mom was even worse. Nothing extremely traumatic happened, like in The Glass Castle or A Child Called It, but Sarah's childhood was definitely worth writing about. I'm sure she took some liberties to bring some humor into the situations though, but that's what writing a memoir is all about.

  • Kelli
    2019-04-21 05:29

    Dark at the Roots is a collection of essays about Thayer's life as she grew up in the South. A strict Catholic upbringing, poverty, divorce and struggles with honesty are some of the prevailing themes throughout the memoir. While the chapters are in a chronological order, there's still something lacking in that the book doesn't seem to have any narrative or specific theme to pull it together. Thayer is very intelligent and her use of language is impressive, which is the main thing that kept me reading. The stories are entertaining at times and sad at other times but often seemed lacking in detail or clarity.

  • Jocelynne Broderick
    2019-05-05 02:35

    AbSolutelyHILARIOUS! I laughed out loud at so many parts! This chick has quite the way with words! And I could relate to so many of her anecdotes and behaviors. I saw myself in her. My only negative thing is that the book just ended. None of that epiphany shit, or moral-of-the-story story-wrapping-up. It just ended! As if she was getting ready to move on to a new topic, but then not. All righty then.But I give it 5 stars for the giggle factor. Cuz I giggled and giggled. A lot. Oh, and apparently she's married to Andy Richter. Now that's a chapter I want to read. There must be some sort of hilarious situation that led them to meet.

  • Kevin Fink
    2019-05-01 06:29

    Sarah Thyre first rocked my world when she played the gym teacher on Strangers With Candy, so when I spied this book I immediately checked it out. Comparisons to David Sedaris will abound, but Thyre is more like Sedaris without shame, guilt, or apologies. She's blunt, honest, hilarious, ribald, ballsy, obnoxious, nasty, and heartbreaking (the excerpts about her father are just devastating). She does get a bit scatalogical at times (I mean poo, people), and has an odd fixation on body odor, but the memoir gets under your skin. You feel sympathy for Thyre, but it's genuine, because she never asks or wants you to. Highly recommended.

  • Nick
    2019-04-26 23:12

    Like some angel of the bookshelf, Lindsay just lent this to me this morning. I saw Sarah Thyre read a chapter of this book at a variety show, and laughed. Ok, now having finished this book - I think the sum of its parts is slightly less than the parts on their own. There are some very funny, and some very uncomfortable-in-a-good-way chapters, but I think a certain amount of overarching narrative wouldn't have hurt. There was something missing - a bit more introspection, or at least some reflecting on her parents and how their family dissolved. I would love to see parts of this made into a movie.

  • Kallie
    2019-04-22 23:21

    Forget David Sedaris. I'm not dissing him (When You Are Engulfed in Flames is incomparably hilarious) but this woman has her own voice, her own style inspired by transforming her particular, toxic family atmosphere into humorous, buoyant anecdote. I gobbled this book up and look upon how Thyre used the family dynamic to write a wonderful book (rather than wallow in self-pity or even irony) as an inspiration to rise above it all in the best possible way -- not through denial and stiff upper lip idiocy, but acceptance of how flawed we all are.

  • Lisa
    2019-05-12 23:25

    I can't say that I was impressed with this one. I get enough "bathroom humor" from my pre-teens....don't need it in my pleasure reading. Somewhat whiny, not much story, and as someone else pointed out in their review, the book ended very abruptly - not very satisfying. But, most of all, I think I was turned off by the slam at "state colleges". Give me a break! As a state college graduate, I can say there are many of us around who are doing just fine, thank you, and without all the sour grapes!

  • Carly
    2019-04-26 22:29

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, although I can see how it would be a bit much for some people and cross over the funny line into gross-out territory. Truly written from the heart with absolutely no shame Sarah lets us into her childhood, strange sights, smells and all. I absolutely love that she gets in trouble all the time correcting her teachers and her sexual exploits really cracked me up. I found myself comforted that I may not have been the weirdest kid to ever live! We probably would've gotten along just fine.

  • Nancy Martira
    2019-04-28 06:20

    Sarah Thyre, writer; comedian; wife of Andy Richter, writes about growing up poor and Catholic in Louisiana. Long on imagination and short on everything else, Thyre survives all the sex, drugs and mayonnaise of the 70s and 80s with the help of her pious, slut-fearing mother, who'll try every scam in the book when it's time to come up with the money for summer camp and school dances. The stories here will be painfully familiar to some, but the inescapable the bleakness (or the titular darkness), kept this memoir from being truly pleasurable for me.

  • Kaylan
    2019-04-23 03:30

    Very funny book!EDIT: OMG I feel I owe Sarah Thyre more than just a proclamation that this a "very funny book." She wrote a very honest account of her childhood, which includes a very strained and occasionally abusive relationship with her father. There are parts of this book that are tough to read, but she has such a keen sense of humor that it's very easy to start laughing again. She really has a fantastic sense of humor that I enjoy immensely. I hope she writes more books down the line.

  • Chana
    2019-05-09 04:05

    I actively disliked this book and had to make myself finish it. It is supposed to be funny, in a mean kind of way. All that came through, for me, was the mean. Her parents may not have been model parents but as far as I can tell they didn't deserve the lambasting they receive in this book. I thought she was an obviously bright but very difficult child. I wonder what her parents think of this book.

  • Amy
    2019-04-21 04:23

    Maybe this is more like 3.5 stars. I love Sarah Thyre on Twitter, and I really enjoyed most of the stories in this book. Some of them I could just change the names in and it would be a story of my own childhood in Arkansas. But . . . I don't know. I wanted more than just the scenes presented without comment. (This might be a self-criticism as much as it is a criticism of this book. My fiction AND nonfiction kind of suffers from the same problem.)