Curmudgeonism: A Review

Updated: October 11, 2014

By RU Twisted

Here’s the thing: anyone who has read Kelly Crigger’s previous books or his numerous entries at The Rhino Den and Unapologetically American knows he is a talented writer. We have been privileged over the last few years to enjoy his work.

His latest installment is most certainly further confirmation of the fact that we are blessed with a gifted wordsmith who happens to be a been-there-done-that Army veteran.

But it’s also a lot more. The simple fact is that many of us, as we pass the age of 40, realize that there are so many things we wish we could say out loud on a regular basis but don’t out of fear that it won’t be taken the right way. Or sometimes we just don’t have the right words. Well, Kelly Crigger does both in stylish fashion; he says what we want to say and does it with just the right amount of attitude.

One of the reviews I read of this book stated that they felt like the author was in their head. I can assure you that this will be the case throughout a good portion of the book. You will find yourself saying “Yes! Thank you for saying what I’ve been thinking for years!” many times. In that regard, you won’t be disappointed.

It is important, however, to add that there is much more than simply echoing of your own thoughts. The author’s wisdom from his own vast experience should be seen for what it is; timely and profound in this society of get-rich-quick schemes and dwindling work ethics. In light of that, this book is about one thing above all else: reality.

cmismThe world needs a great big dose of reality, and this work here is exactly where it starts. Do yourself a favor and pick up a copy of Curmudgeonism. It’s everything you think it will be based on the title and then more.

So it’s like a bonus. And everyone likes bonuses.

Why should you buy Curmudgeonism: A Surly Man’s Guide to Midlife? Let’s count the reasons:

  1. You’re a curmudgeon yourself. Embrace it and read how to be better at it.
  2. Every copy you buy makes a teenager get off your lawn.
  3. Clint Eastwood bought it.*
  4. John Wayne would have bought it if he were alive today.
  5. Every page you read makes whiskey taste just a little better (you didn’t think that was possible, did you?).
  6. It’s only $3.99 on Kindle. Don’t tell me you can’t afford it. Puppies are sad when you lie.
  7. This book cures cancer**.

After reading those astoundingly well researched reasons of why you should buy this book, you really have no choice but to do so. Because choosing not to is basically like saying you want Sharia Law instituted in America or that Rosie O’Donnel should be President.

So don’t hate America. Buy the book.


*This has not yet been verified, but we’re pretty sure he would buy it if he knew about it. So that’s basically the same thing.

**The American Cancer Society refused, despite thousands of requests***, to confirm or deny this claim. So we’re going with it.

***We meant to request an interview. We really did.




  1. John

    October 13, 2014 at 10:27 pm

    I think Rosie O’Donnel would make a GREAT president! But I’m still going to buy this book.

    • Kelly

      October 14, 2014 at 6:07 pm

      You’re a great American. I will be sure to sign it.

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