Saturday, May 14, 2016

You Had One Job!, by Beverly L. Jenkins

Do you get a kick out of the "You had one job!" memes on the internet?  Just google that phrase, and you'll turn up lots of silly pictures of goofed up jobs, sloppy projects, silly signs, and dumb mistakes.  If you're not online, you can see a nice collection of these pictures in Beverly Jenkins's book, titled, appropriately enough, You Had One Job! Hilarious Pictures of Jobs Gone Horribly Wrong.

Some of these are pretty hilarious.  A few are un-hilarious enough that I wondered why they made it into the book.  Many of them make you think, What exactly what were they thinking?  What's the story with that?  These pictures don't stand head and shoulders above what you might find in a random internet search.  But it's fun to have them all in one place.  Jenkins does add a bit of commentary, employing a wry sense of humor and irony.

Besides being a fun little book you can keep on your coffee table or bedside to flip through for a laugh (no electricity or wi-fi needed), You Had One Job is sort of like a time capsule.  Long after these web sites are shut down, after the click-bait links are dead, this book will preserve a little bit of what we laughed at in the second decade of the 21st century.

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!


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