The M Club Manual: Missions, Memos, Mandates, Mottos, and More

Sultzbaugh, Kathryn. The M Club Manual: Missions, Memos, Mandates, Mottos, and More. Andrews McMeel Publishing. November, 2004. 224 pp. ISBN: 0-7407-4719-3. Paperback. $12.95.

The M Club doesn’t actually stand for anything, it’s a fiction that allows Sultzbaugh (a former reporter and magazine writer) to blow off steam. What initially sounds like a take-no-prisoners fest of constructive criticism quickly turns into a barrage of miserable fuming; “We have put up with a lot over the years and are now sick and tired (mostly tired) of everything going to hell in a handbasket.” This sick-and-tired theme becomes dully repetitive as beauty, fashion, money, the media, etc. are harangued non-stop. Some of these slams (collection agencies) are fair game; others (why criticize NASA?) are not. This bitchy, vituperative diatribe is not recommended; stick with uplifting stuff, like Mary McHugh’s How Not to Become a Little Old Lady (Andrews McMeel, 2002) or Marian Keyes Under the Duvet : Shoes, Reviews, Having the Blues, Builders, Babies, Families and Other Calamities (Perennial 2004).

This review appeared in Library Journal, though damned if I know when; this galley was shredded on June 23, 2012.


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