One-Minute Book Reviews

February 26, 2009

2009 Delete Key Awards Finalist #2 – Jeanne Safer’s ‘Death Benefits’

Filed under: Delete Key Awards,News — 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom @ 3:51 pm
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Delete Key Awards finalist #2 comes from Jeanne Safer’s Death Benefits: How Losing a Parent Can Change an Adult’s Life — For the Better (Basic Books, 226 pp., $25);

The first line in the book:
“The death of your parents can be the best thing that ever happens to you.”

Unless, of course, you’re fortunate enough to get an incurable disease, to lose your house in a foreclosure sale or to have invested all your life savings with Bernie Madoff. This sentence was the most crass and tasteless I read in a 2008 book. Denis Leary is at least trying to be funny. Safer is serious.

© 2009 Janice Harayda. All rights reserved.


  1. wow…that’s all you can say to that line

    Comment by jadedbookman — February 26, 2009 @ 4:24 pm | Reply

    • That was my feeling, too. This was the only book on the list that I read but decided not to review, because it never got any better than that first line.

      Comment by 1minutebookreviewswordpresscom — February 26, 2009 @ 4:57 pm | Reply

  2. I once had a therapy session with Jeanne Safer. I almost ran out of there screaming.

    Comment by Fred — June 21, 2009 @ 8:38 pm | Reply

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