John Hodgman is an actor, a comedian, a writer, and numerous other uncategorizable things. Now John Hodgman is a self-described "weird dad with terrible facial hair" with a new memoir. Vacationland chronicles his journey into coastal Maine, a "metaphorical wilderness of middle age" where you wander alone with thoughts of your inevitable decline and demise. Sounds bleak. But the chapters of Vacationland—spanning awkward moments from his childhood to college, marriage, parenting, and beyond—are more straightforward than straightfaced, making these essays as relatable and moving as they are funny. And they're really funny.
As you might guess, his reading list is eclectic. See his picks below, and look here for the latest celebrity favorites.
Hodgman illustration by the genius Aaron Draplin
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