Author/Comedian at The Cow

relativeI don’t know about you, but I could use a good laugh. This is a stressful time of the year and, well, the weather’s not enhancing my mood any. Luckily, there’s an event on the calendar intended to draw chuckles from anyone who has relatives: Jeremy Greenberg, author of Relative Discomfort: The Family Survival Guide, will perform, read from and sign copies of his book at 7 p.m., Monday, December 15, at the Contented Cow. The event, which is free and open to the public, is co-sponsored by River City Books.

“Relative Discomfort” is a guffaw-inducing guide to living through and laughing at family encounters. Greenberg, who is also a comedian, writes from the premise that although we love our families, many of us don’t particularly love spending time with those who share dysfunctional DNA.

“Relative Discomfort” offers tips, tricks, games, and helpful hints that will not only help you survive your next family get-together, but will also provide insight on how to move back into your parents’ home when you’re no longer a kid, or how to kick your adult-age son or daughter out of the house if you’re a parent.

Sections like “Children During the Holidays (How to Have Fun at Their Expense)” and “Red- and Blue-Staters (What to Do When the Two Americas Show Up at the Same Family Reunion)” provide a lighthearted look at surviving family dynamics, while offering a concrete solution or two. Peanut butter-Valium cookies anyone?

This paperback book is on sale at River City Books for 15 percent off through Dec. 15. Copies will also be available at the event.

Hope to see you at The Cow, where it’s always warm.

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