Treehab: Tales From My Natural, Wild Life by Bob SmithTreehab: Tales From My Natural, Wild Life by Bob Smith

Treehab: Tales From My Natural, Wild Life

byBob Smith

Hardcover | September 27, 2016

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In this bitingly funny and often surprising memoir, award-winning author and groundbreaking comedian Bob Smith offers a meditation on the vitality of the natural world—and an intimate portrait of his own darkly humorous and profoundly authentic response to a life-changing illness.
            In Treehab—named after a retreat cabin in rural Ontario—Smith muses how he has “always sought the path less traveled.” He rebuffs his diagnosis of ALS as only an unflappable stand-up comic could (“Lou Gehrig’s Disease?  But I don’t even like baseball!”) and explores his complex, fulfilling experience of fatherhood, both before and after the onset of the disease.
          Stories of his writing and performing life—punctuated by hilariously cutting jokes that comedians tell only to each other—are interspersed with tales of Smith’s enduring relationship with nature: boyhood sojourns in the woods of upstate New York and adult explorations of the remote Alaskan wilderness; snakes and turtles, rocks and minerals; open sky and forest canopy; God and friendship—all recurring touchstones that inspire him to fight for his survival and for the future of his two children.
          Aiming his potent, unflinching wit at global warming, equal rights, sex, dogs, Thoreau, and more, Smith demonstrates here the inimitable insight that has made him a beloved voice of a generation. He reminds us that life is perplexing, beautiful, strange, and entirely worth celebrating.
Bob Smith has won multiple honors for his memoirs Openly Bob and Way to Go, Smith and his novels Selfish and Perverse and Remembrance of Things I Forgot. He was the first openly gay comedian to appear on The Tonight Show and among the first to be given his own HBO comedy special. He lives in New York City.
Title:Treehab: Tales From My Natural, Wild LifeFormat:HardcoverDimensions:208 pages, 8.25 × 5.5 × 0.9 inPublished:September 27, 2016Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0299310507

ISBN - 13:9780299310509


Table of Contents

My Stone Age            
Coffee Point              
Nature Boys               
Homer and Yukon Island                  
Finding an Arrowhead                       
Walking My Dog through the Valley of the Shadow of Death Is a Nice Way to Start the Day                  
My Call of the Wild               
Silence = Death: The Education of a Comedian                   
WWJD: What Would Jackie Do?                  
At Walden Pond with Henry             

Editorial Reviews

“Comedy legend Bob Smith is perhaps best-known for opening closet doors as the first out gay comic to appear on The Tonight Show. But today Smith is blazing a new trail as he confronts the degenerative affects of ALS, in his life and on the pages of his candid new memoir.”—Logo