“The Snark Handbook” Book Review And Giveaway

Author: Lawrence Dorfman, some old fella with three decades worth of publishing experience.

Publisher: Skyhorse Publishing, soft cover, 167 pages, $12.95

Summary: If you ever need something to prop open a door, or start a fire, The Snark Handbook might just be your solution!  For those who don’t know what snark is, it simply means a slyly biting, smart-ass remark with disparaging undertones.  Larry’s book is a collection of incredibly witty phrases from luminaries the world over.

Communication skills cannot be underestimated.  Give me a good communicator over a brilliant mind any day!  Ever wonder how some people can respond with such quick wit?  Some say it’s a gift of tongue, but I say it’s a learned skill that everyone can cultivate.  With The Snark Handbook, not only will you bust a gut laughing, you’ll be able to insult others without them evening knowing!

Please enjoy some snarky examples from each of the 14 chapters below:


“Condoms aren’t completely safe.  A friend of mine was wearing one and got hit by a bus.”  – Bob Rubin.


“I had a perfectly wonderful evening.  But this wasn’t it.”  -Groucho Marx.


“Be nice to your kids.  They’ll choose your nursing home.” -Anon


“I’ll try being nicer, if you try being smarter.” -Anon

Money and the Economy:

“If you want to know what God thinks of money, just look at the people he gave it to.” -Dorothy Parker

Politics and the Media:

“If pro is the opposite of con, then what is the opposite of progress?” – Anon

Drugs, Drinking and the Law:

“The trouble with jogging is that the ice falls out of your glass.” -Martin Mull


“Acting is about honesty.  If you can fake that, you’ve got it made.” -George Burns


“Television enables you to be entertained in your home by people you wouldn’t have in your home.” -David Frost


“I don’t care what is written about me so long as it isn’t true.” -Dorothy Parker


“He has Van Gogh’s ear for music.”  – Billy Wilder


“The only reason I don’t like playing in the World Series is I can’t watch myself play.” -Reggie Jackson


“They always throw around this term the liberal elite.  And I kept thinking to myself about the Christian right.  What’s more elite than believing that only you will go to heaven?” – Jon Stewart

Death and Dying:

“It’s not that I’m afraid to die.  I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” -Woody Allen


If laughter is to life, then The Snark Handbook is to toilet where you will have a wonderfully good time reading!  Not only does The Snark Handbook contain a collection of fantastic quotes, it also contains snarky examples for dating come-ons, put-downs and so much more.  I haven’t laughed this much since Toyota blamed their accelerator problem on faulty floor mats!  That’s not true.  I laughed harder after watching Tiger’s incredibly smooth for a robot press conference!


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  1. says

    I took a peek at the Amazon excerpt and found a Steve Martin snarky comment I like:

    “You know “that look” women get when they want sex? Me neither.”

    I’m a big Monty Python and Douglas Adams (Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy author) fan, and love words like “snarky”. I’m going to have to find a way to sneak that word into a conversation tomorrow…
    .-= David @ MBA briefs´s last blog ..Do mass firings improve performance? =-.

  2. says

    What a great looking book. I mean even the cover looks cool. I didn’t know what snark meant until my daughyter clued me inabout a month ago. Thanks for suggesting it.
    .-= Beth´s last blog ..Gardening =-.

  3. Charlie says

    haha those are funny. this is my favorite:

    “I’ll try being nicer, if you try being smarter.” -Anon

    Ha ha boy would that be fun to say once.

  4. says

    Ha ha, sounds a great book. To continue with the Churchill theme of our earlier bantery:

    Nancy Astor: “Sir, if you were my husband, I would give you poison.”

    Churchill: “If I were your husband I would take it.”

  5. says

    Snarky comment for ya:

    “Give me a good communicator over a brilliant mind any day!”

    This must mean you like Obama. Though Obama thinks he’s brilliant.
    .-= Investor Junkie´s last blog ..Weekend Reading for February 28, 2010 =-.

  6. Geek says

    “It is often said that before you die your life passes before your eyes. It is in fact true. It’s called living.”

  7. says

    It might be a skill learned, but it’s so much better when the snarks come naturally.

    One I found that made me smile “Death and taxes are certain, but death isn’t an annual event. ” I’m sure you can find the right moment to turn it into a lovely snark.

  8. Tracy says

    Please excuse my complete lack of political correctness, but this always makes me laugh:

    “(When asked to use “horticulture” in a sentence) You can lead a horticulture, but you can’t make her think.”
    — Dorothy Parker
    .-= Tracy´s last blog ..The Price Of Fame: A story about about pre-planning… =-.

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