Publisher: Anchor Canada
A frequent contributor to the New York Times magazine, Outside, Salon, and GQ, and a regular on Public Radio International's "This American Life,"David Rakoff's debut collection of essays is simultaneously laugh-out-loud funny and take-your-breath-away poignant.

David Rakoff is a fish out of water. Whether he finds himself on assignment climbing Mount Monadnock in New Hampshire — donning a pair of Timberlands for his trek, only to realize with horror that "the shoes I wouldn't be caught dead in might actually turn out to be the shoes I am caught dead in." — sitting quietly impersonating Sigmund Freud in a department store window...for a month, or musing on the unique predicament of being undetectably Canadian in New York City ("...what's more spicy than being Canadian, I ask you?"), Rakoff has a gift for exposing life's humour and pathos. Fraud takes us places even we didn't know we wanted to go: expeditions as varied as a search for elves in Iceland, a foray into soap opera acting, or contemplating the gin-soaked olive at the bottom of a martini glass.

With the sharpest of eyes, David Rakoff explores the odd and ordinary events of life, spotting what is unique, funny and absurd in the world around him. But for all its razor-sharp wit and snarky humor, Fraud is also, ultimately, an object lesson in not taking life, or oneself, too seriously.


Erla Steffansdottir makes her miving as a piano teacher, but is more widely known as one of Iceland's most noted Elf communicators. Her maps of Hidden People sites are on sale in tourist shops all around Iceland.She claims she has been seeing elves and Hidden People her whole life. I have been led to believe that my...
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“Rakoff is such an American original, it turns out he’s Canadian.” — Sarah Vowell, author of Take the Cannoli

“With Fraud, David Rakoff manages to successfully pass himself off as the wittiest and most perceptive man in the world.” — David Sedaris, author of Me Talk Pretty One Day

“Rakoff likes to paint himself as a sneering, city-slick New Yorker. But then he reveals himself, despite his searing and hilarious observations, to be a completely unrelenting romantic.” — Dave Eggers, author of A Heartbreaking Work of Staggering Genius

“Rakoff knows the incantatory power of a story well-told, the art of keeping words aloft like the bubbles in a champagne flute. He possesses the crackling wit of a ’30s screwball comedy ingenue, a vocabulary that is a treasure chest of mots justes, impressive but most times not too showy for everyday wear.” — Los Angeles Times

“What a terrific travel companion: witty, amiable, curious, perceptive and open-minded.... He’s something special.” — The Globe and Mail

“For all the self-flagellating humor and vicious, if dead-on, observations, there are moments in this book when Rakoff picks at the scabs of his insecurities, and what gushes forth is pure poetry. If you love the personal essay, you’ll love David Rakoff’s musings.” — The Baltimore Sun