While Hodgman’s previous books consist entirely of facts that he made up, this is a memoir featuring stories from his life that seem made up, but aren’t. How does one accidentally buy a boat? Did you know that was even possible? I didn’t, and yet that is something Hodgman and his wife definitely did. In addition to strange little anecdotes like that, Vacationland includes more poignant stories of living with anxiety and dealing with the death of a family member.
I listened to the audiobook because it is narrated by the author. No one else could narrate this book like he does. Hodgman has a special cadence to his voice that I would recognize anywhere. He is tremendously funny and has a heartfelt and yet almost cutting way of telling stories about his own failures, mishaps, and embarrassments. If you enjoy Hodgman’s work, you should read (listen!) to this book. If you’ve been to Massachusetts and/or Maine, you may enjoy his perspective of owning homes in those two states. Overall, Vacationland is good fun.
Review by Jessica A.