By Bob Smith
In Treehab—named after a retreat cabin in rural Ontario—Smith muses how he has “always sought the trail much less traveled.” He rebuffs his prognosis of ALS as purely an unflappable stand-up comedian might (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease? yet I don’t even like baseball!”) and explores his complicated, enjoyable event of fatherhood, either ahead of and after the onset of the disease.
tales of his writing and acting life—punctuated through hilariously slicing jokes that comedians inform merely to every other—are interspersed with stories of Smith’s enduring dating with nature: boyhood sojourns within the woods of upstate manhattan and grownup explorations of the distant Alaskan barren region; snakes and turtles, rocks and minerals; open sky and woodland cover; God and friendship—all routine touchstones that encourage him to struggle for his survival and for the way forward for his children.
Aiming his powerful, unflinching wit at worldwide warming, equivalent rights, intercourse, canines, Thoreau, and extra, Smith demonstrates right here the inimitable perception that has made him a cherished voice of a new release. He reminds us that lifestyles is complicated, appealing, unusual, and fully worthy celebrating.
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