With everything going on in the world and the midterm elections on the horizon in the U.S., this book was exactly what I needed to laugh, ponder, and get away from the realities of life. It’s not that Kurt Vonnegut is the writer you go to for inspiration and yet as you’re reading it, at least for me, I was inspired by his candidness and his ability to not sugarcoat anything for everyone including his children. While I didn’t agree with everything he said and some of it was repeated in his speeches (I mean there will be some overlap if you gave as many speeches as he did), many of his messages were true. They were relevant back then and relevant now because the subjects he was speaking about are universal. He’s the kind of writer who grabs you and never lets you go. He’s not afraid to say life is unfair. Many are celebrated and recognized for their achievements while others who did remarkable things to advance society and people are never recognized but ostracized. Everyone today knows about any number of social media celebrities, but few know about Ignaz Semmelweiz and that’s the whole point of many of his speeches. Learn something new. Invigorate your mind. Read his book.