The Poop Diaries

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A book review of The Poop Diaries by Abby Ross

Stars: ****

Black Rose Writing (2020)
235 pages

Disclosure: I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. This post contains affiliate links.

Summary: They come into our homes. They see us in our most fragile moments. Plumbers are a fixture in our lives. When a toilet clogs, a faucet leaks, or a sewer line plugs, we call those unsung heroes, desperately seeking help. They scoop out our poop and pull underwear, toothbrushes and cotton balls out of our toilets, doing whatever it takes to get the job done.

On a late Wednesday evening, after my toilet clogged, I asked our plumber to share his top five “greatest hits.” The stories were so hilarious, I had to share them with the world. The Poop Diaries features true stories told by my plumber, and many other plumbers, about the most memorable service jobs they have worked on and most unique people they have helped. Whether it’s nudity, rats, fake vaginas, dildos, snakes, weapons and so much more, these plumbers have seen and smelled it all.

The Poop Diaries

This book has funny timing. I received an offer to read it after my plumbing stopped working and flooded my basement. I started reading it while waiting for them to find time to dig up the pipes in my yard. I read it while they dug up the front yard. I finished it soon after.

The book was compiled by stories from many different plumbers. It was created because the author asked her plumber about his past jobs. I actually briefly talked with my plumber about that the last time they were here.

These stories are funny, shocking, eye rolling and definitely gross. You might think, “Oh I don’t want to read about poop” but there is more than that in these stories and even the ones that are all about poop are interesting.

It’s interesting just to think of the fact that all the plumbers mentioned. That poop doesn’t bother them anymore because they are so used to it. So in some of the stories, you will see what is WORSE than a basement full of poop.

The only thing that stopped this from being a 5 star book is unfortunately, the binding wasn’t done quite right and 5 pages came out as I read the book. But the stories themselves were worth the inconvenience.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.