The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving Jonathan Evison has crafted a novel of the heart a novel of unlikely heroes traveling through a grand American landscape and most of all a story that offers a profound look into what it takes to tr

Jonathan Evison has crafted a novel of the heart, a novel of unlikely heroes traveling through a grand American landscape, and most of all, a story that offers a profound look into what it takes to truly care for another person Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this bighearted and inspired novel ponders life s terrible surprises as well as iJonathan Evison has crafted a novel of the heart, a novel of unlikely heroes traveling through a grand American landscape, and most of all, a story that offers a profound look into what it takes to truly care for another person Bursting with energy and filled with moments of absolute beauty, this bighearted and inspired novel ponders life s terrible surprises as well as its immeasurable rewards.

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The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving

  1. Jonathan Evison is an American writer best known for his debut novel All About Lulu published in 2008, which won critical acclaim, including the Washington State Book Award In 2009, Evison was awarded a Richard Buckley Fellowship from the Christopher Isherwood Foundation A second novel, West of Here, will be released in February 2011 from Algonquin Editor Chuck Adams Water for Elephants, A Reliable Wife, An Arsonist s Guide to Writers Homes in New England has called West of Here the best novel he s worked on in over four decades of publishing.In his teens, Evison was the founding member and frontman of the Seattle punk band March of Crimes, which included future members of Pearl Jam and Soundgarden.Born in San Jose, California, he now lives on an island in Western Washington.westofherethebook Praise for All About Lulu All About Lulu is a stunner viciously funny and deeply felt Publishers Weekly, Starred Review A knockout All About Lulu is a debut worth getting excited about Michael Upchurch, Seattle Times Evison s debut novel glows with evocative details and unforgettable scenes .a story of sweet complexity, about the people you want to hold on to, and the ones you have to let go Time Out New York With high wit and a pitch perfect ear for the comic mundanity of everyday speech, All About Lulu earns its moments of painful, pure tenderness At times it hits you right in the place that good music does, with a sharp, heady sweetness Time Out Chicago An auspicious debut for a writer with equal parts heart and reckless verve Powell s

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  1. the secret to jonathan evison s success, i think, is that he s both emotionally courageous AND funny as hell, which is a rare and electrifying mix i read this book straight through in one sitting and then i went out and ran around the block i don t run.

  2. Find all of my reviews at 52bookminimum I read The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving in the olde times of 2013 back when my reviews consisted of sheer eloquence and brilliant observations like it was guud Then I learned how to use Google and picture these sumbitches up to make up for my lack of writing skillz Last year this became a NetFlix original movie which I watched while lying in bed like a fat slug when my family went out of town one weekend A couple of months ago while trying to surmoun [...]

  3. Humor is such a delicate thing Handled badly, it s like those last tiny shards of potato chips at the bottom of the bag pointless, greasy, annoying reminders that you should have quit while you were ahead Humor done well is a bite into an ethereal croissant a pleasure of taste and texture that is both rich and light an uplifting of the senses Of course, broad humor and slapstick comedy return us to the open mouth, gasping hilarity of childhood, when we laughed so hard we farted, and that only ma [...]

  4. Thank you, thank you, Robin Beerbower for shouting out this title at the 4th Annual Librarian Shout n Share at Bookexpo 2012 I knew the minute I heard Robin pitch The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving by Jonathan Evison that I had to read this book Robin s shout out was back in June and considering several other GoodReads friends rated it highly,what took me so long I really don t know but don t make my mistake Read this book Having read Evison s West of Here and liking it, I m not certain I wa [...]

  5. The book starts off with Benjamin Benjamin yes that s his name taking a class on care giving because he is living off his credit card and just taking a break from life Ben takes a job sitting with Trev a young adult with MD Trev has routines He watches weather channel, eats flax seed waffles, doesn t go out much I fell head over heels for both these characters They are funny, strong men.I hate giving away a lot of details in books but this one includes a road trip that changes both these guys No [...]

  6. I would put this book in a catagory I call quirky characters feel good stories which is a good thing This is the story of Benjamin Benjamin yep who has suffered a great tragedy, after which he takes a course to become a licensed caregiver He gets a job care giving for Trevor who is a typical teenage boy except for his diagnosis of muscular dystrophy Eventually they take an adventurous road trip and meet some wonderful characters I really enjoyed this heartwarming story It was just what I needed [...]

  7. Simple sweet funny irresistible warmth sad.This story kicks it up a notch when Benjamin and Trevor take a road trip They take off to visit Trevor s dad who has been an absentee father most of his life The hitchhikers they meet on the road are quirky odd ding just the right mix of hilarity and irrepressible characters.For Benjamin and Trevor its an ongoing honest and sometimes painful examination of who they are Who they are in the world and what they contribute to each other.Wonderful storytelli [...]

  8. Jonathan Evison has been on my radar ever since I saw All About Lulu in bookstores, but I just hadn t gotten around yet to reading any of his novels After reading the Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, though, I ll be sure to catch up with what I ve been missing by reading Lulu and West of Here Revised Fundamentals provides everything I look for in a novel a fully fleshed out protagonist caught up in something that the author explores in both a serious and comic vein, a supporting cast of fully [...]

  9. from BEA signed by authorRead 8 14 12 8 20 125 Stars Highly Recommended The Next Best Book for ALL THE REASONSPgs 276Publisher AlgonquinRelease Date August 28, 2012Can I just say Fucking Awesome Go Buy It and call it a day Do you really need me to go into all the reasons why I want you to experience Jonathan Evison s The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving for yourself Because I will Oh, you can bet I will.For starters, it features some of the coolest man speak I have ever come across in literary [...]

  10. This is the kind of book I savor spectacularly descriptive, literary writing flawed but likeable main character in need of redemption a story of internal growth and a cast of truly unique supporting characters And because I have a soft spot for geology, I found the landscape descriptions completely delicious and filling I confess I didn t want this book to end The voice of the main character, Ben Benjamin, swept me away from the start Something horrible happened to his young family, causing him [...]

  11. I m about 1 3 of the way through, and I think that s enough I hate the way the protagonist sees and talks about other people and his environment it s making me feel bad about myself and the world Also, I have zero interest in seeing what happens.There are other, inspiring books out there for me to read.Update On further thought, I suspect that a large part of what turned me off of the book is the way the characters talk about women s bodies It makes me angry and hits all my buttons about consen [...]

  12. 3.5 The tone outright witty yet earnestly heartfelt has a lot in common with novels by Jonathan Tropper and Nick Hornby The road trip element, and Dot especially, also reminded me of Mosquitoland by David Arnold This is about the different ways we care for each other and try to express our affection with varying degrees of success, all while disaster lurks around the corner My favorite character was accident prone Bob I especially liked a description of him looking at a map as like a golden retr [...]

  13. Get in the CarOur guy is a loser No he s not but Benjamin Benjamin is definitely at a low ebb in his life After a family tragedy he and his much loved wife break up He s been Mr Mom and hasn t been in the job market so when it comes time for him to find a job he hurriedly takes a course in home health care which leads him to a job caring for 19 year old Trevor who s suffering from muscular dystrophy Ben actually does quite well with his care giving duties Ben also bonds well with Trevor though h [...]

  14. I know I am late to the party, but what a heartwarming, sweet story.I ll try to come back with some thoughts laterA really wonderful book though, full of heart

  15. Does anyone today write with heart than Jonathan Evison Ignore the critics who stupidly focus on the teenage boy elements of the novel Yes, they are present, but they are not the focus of this novel The comments, banter, and trash talking lend credibility to two very insecure and broken characters The subtext of those comments reveals that the comments made about women are just guys being guys one upmanship , revealing insecurities, overcompensating, and are not who Trev or Ben truly are.At the [...]

  16. AWFUL JUST AWFUL Quit at 71% Supposed to be be funny No Most disgusting main character ever Can t handle it any I said I was going to power through but I m DONE wasting my time DONE

  17. I am feeling terribly cranky with my reading of late Well, first I have to remind myself that 3 stars is not bad, but still I do not usually get through than a handful of books without being at least a little wow d by one of them I was recently a bit disappointed with the latest Jonathan Tropper book One Last Thing Before I Go , but as I started The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving I thought that perhaps this was the Tropper book I had been hoping for It is my Jonathan Evison book, but there [...]

  18. I was actually enjoying this book right up to the time of the road trip, which was the whole point of the story The narrator is a doofus who lost his wife and two children, and is now employed as a care giver for a teenage boy who is afflicted with MD, Duchenne muscular dystrophy Benjamin the narrator is a good match for Trevor, the boy in his charge Benjamin is childishly humorous and I couldn t stop picturing him as Seth Rogan Everything he said sounded like Seth Rogan, which is probably why I [...]

  19. We ve come of age with Will Miller, traversed the Olympics with Mather and drank kiltlifter with Krig, now Evison is taking us on the road with Ben Benjamin and Trev, a young man cursed with muscular dystrophy The book however, is than the story of a road trip, it is a story of loss, suffering, alienation and redemption with a cast of very real, and flawed characters While reading I found myself relating to each of the main characters at different points This is one of the big things I am looki [...]

  20. Jonathan Evison s new novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving, sounds like it s about as much fun as cleaning a catheter And that long, textbooklike title an actual 28 hour course required for people who work in adult family homes in Washington state is just the book s first turnoff The plot involves a young man wasting away from muscular dystrophy The narrator is bankrupt, depressed and being sued for divorce His two dead children hover in the background.I ate it up.More than 20 years ago [...]

  21. This book is a beautiful balance between humor and pathos, deeply felt and a lot of fun to read One of the benefits we strive for in my prison book group is to read titles that encourage an empathy with the characters, as having this skill is a step towards seeing life outside one s self, and acknowledging that our past mistakes or crimes impact others in ways we may not have anticipated Benjamin Benjamin does just that here he s made a few mistakes or strange choices in his past, one of them so [...]

  22. Recommended by Lisa Casper in an Indie Book webinar.This book gets it right everywhere Character development, story, imagery, setting, all of it There s a perfect balance between wit and pain, awkwardness, insight, and growth One review of Evison s other book said tragicomic, which fits, I suppose, but I desperately want a better word for it The book is an ode to the awkward, painful trying to make it right sort of love of the Dad who screwed up and can t win, can t seem to get it right, can t g [...]

  23. With each new novel, Jonathan Evison proves that he can t be pigeonholed as an author You want an atypical bildungsroman Read his All About Lulu Looking for an ambitious historical epic Read his West of Here You want a buddy, road trip story that transcends that clich d description Read his new novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving Evison writes with humor, honesty, and a snappy cadence that propels you through the story even when you d like to take your time relishing his rich character [...]

  24. In the last few years I have been suffering from a surfeit of empathy in regards to my reading, a juvenile tendency to see myself in protagonist after protagonist to a troubling degree This may explain the increased amount of genre fiction in my reading fare, as I seek a comfortable distance between myself and those I read about.Jonathan s book just about did me in, and I wince in over identification every time I read a review that describes Benjamin as a loser.Benjamin s problems are not my pr [...]

  25. Evison s novel is an entertaining homage to little victories Each of Evison s characters is genuinely, individually trapped, yet capable of celebrating successes and accepting setbacks The novel lives up to its title in that you do revise the way you might care about someone whose circumstances have defined them Evison s Ben sets a fine example for friends everywhere as a relaxed, frayed observer barely nudging you toward your next step.

  26. Life is near constant revision, because even the best laid plans go awry Take, for instance, the writing of this review of Jonathan Evison s new novel, The Revised Fundamentals of Caregiving I planned to tell you how the novel is part roadtrip buddy comedy, part meditation on parenting, and part blueprint for pulling yourself up by the bootstraps when you hit rock bottom I hoped to convey how funny and cool and downright irreverent German Knuckle Cake, anyone Evison s writing is And I was sure I [...]

  27. Call me sentimental but I LOVED this book Based upon the quickly crumbling life of Humbert Humbert, ooops, I mean the equally curmudgeonly though much younger Benjamin Benjamin, the novel becomes part Little Miss Sunshine, part Garden State Our narrator takes to the road in a Handicapped Van with his side kick, Trevor who suffers acutely from Muscular Dystrophy To Evison s credit, he does not romanticize Trevor s condition nor does he attempt to make his suffering a metaphor for anything but its [...]

  28. It was a Friday evening I stopped by the bookstore after work to browse This book caught my eye, and, on a whim, I picked it up, purchased it, and started reading it on the bus ride home.Let me say from the start, this is a road trip book I m not the biggest fan of road trip books.We follow a man named Benjamin Benjamin Jr as his life has fallen apart in the past few years There is some sort of accident than happened that slowly reveals itself the you read the book He is trying to put it all to [...]

  29. I started out feeling manipulated by the author Protag Ben Benjamin becomes the personal care attendant to a gutsy teen Trev who has muscular dystrophy If it isn t hard enough trying to maneuver through the teens years, Trev has the additional curse of failing health, life in a wheel chair, an overprotective mother, and a father who left shortly after Trev s diagnosis Cue violin music So, on my guard, I read on And fell in love with all the characters Every single character is flawed And cynical [...]

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