although actually quite an improvement on [b:My Horizontal Life|35982|My Horizontal Life A Collection of One-Night Stands|Chelsea Handler|http://d202m5krfqbpi5.cloudfront.net/books/1316636129s/35982.jpg|979256], to some degree the negative-halo effect is at work here. if I'm not sure a person is clinically sane after reading one of their works, I'm a little skeptical of even a competent work. yes, the argument goes, judge every book on its own merits, and to that degree, I'm not really shocked by the 3.83 overall goodreads rating this book is trending right now, but again, it's just a matter of past expectation.
Handler, a professional comedy artist, does sink some barbs and plays around with expectation in a well-executed way, but I guess I will wait until I can get my hands on a third book before making any recommendations for this writer yet.
updated seven hours after writing: Chelsea Handler's grandfather was a Nazi Party member! http://tv.yahoo.com/blogs/tv-news/hey--tlc--hitler-is-no-laughing-matter-for-chelsea-handler-183323632.html