Loved Bossypants by Tina Fey, found this to boring, not funny or even interesting. Lawson doesn't paint a picture, she recounts quick memories that are supposed to be shocking, but aren't.
I listened to the audio version of this book, and after doing so, I can't imagine what I would have thought if I had only read the print. The author has a very distinct voice. She sings the title of each chapter in a very obnoxious (and funny) way and you get slammed with her personality throughout. Can you see it in the print? I hope so. Her voice helps, even her bizarre accent that doesn't reveal her Texas upbringing but makes her sound like an import from eastern Europe (thinking sounds like thinkingk,, meaning sounds like meaningk, you get the picture.)
This is a very funny almost-memoir about Jenny Lawson's childhood and marriage. I think quite a few of the stories were previously posted in her blog in some fashion, because her internet presence at The Blogess is what got her noticed enough to publish a book. Okay, I don't know that for sure, I'm guessing.
Topics include her father the taxidermist, her social anxiety,... hmm suddenly I'm blanking about what else is covered because these two ideas come up a lot. It's interesting to hear what someone with anxiety has to say about anxiety, and to hear her explain the difference between writing about it (text/e-mail/blog/book) vs. living it, and I really got it, cringed along with her, and was thankful for no animal heads in my living room.
Here's a bit that first made me stop to share it with someone else:
"I took your advice and tried to fit in... And I got my arm stuck inside of a cow's vagina."...
"Yay for memories!" she said weakly.
She overuses the word vagina, but then has a chapter about how she overuses the word vagina. Touché. That constant anticipation of how she's being perceived adds a unique element to the book, and must make her life complicated. The audiobook version also has outtakes at the end, as well as a deleted chapter. Pretty fun and highly recommended, for irreverent listeners/readers only.
YES! This book is a feel good book. Has laugh out loud moments, tearful moments, and What the F? moments.
There are so many to list that it's hard not to say without spoiling! But I will have to go with her and her husband's fights!
Yes I did was to but didn't get the chance too.
I actually bought the book for book club but never could find the time to finish reading it. So I finally downloaded it on audible. I am so glad that I did as it is so funny her reading it! Makes the story come to life a lot more with her description of story telling.
I have. Countless times. I can't stop listening, actually, it's become an addiction. Her wit, her honesty, her.... pure genius... I can't get enough.
Oh, so many to choose from... probably the "magical" squirrel.
Her complete adorableness.
Buy it. Buy it now and never look back.
I love this book. I had no idea who the author was, but it doesn't even matter because she is hilarious.
I read this book while running and literally almost fell over from laughing too hard.
My boyfriend heard part of it and immediately started cracking up for two chapters before asking if we could restart the book so he could hear the whole thing.
It is amazing and ridiculous.
Listening to books on my commute and throughout my home when I can!
I loved the musical effects in every chapter.
I haven't read/listened to any other book similar to this one. The stories are unbelievable!
The beginning of the book is amazing and carries throughout but at the end I to the point where I thought, did this stuff really happen?! Nonetheless, a great book to listen to on a commute.
Just not my kind of book. I didn't care for the narrator's (author) voice and the subject matter I found less amusing than annoying. Frequent swearing may be normal speech for this author, but I found it distracting and intrusive.
Something with a little more depth
The rare moments when the author spoke seriously and from the heart.
I was audible before it was cool. Love to listen to books as I have no time to read these days. Love all genres - just about the story.
I actually think audio is a better venue for this book as Jenny's quick speaking and inflection would be lost in just the written word.
Jenny, as this is a memoir. I share so many of her thought processes but her experiences are so refreshing. I would have thought/felt the same as she in most of the events.
Delivery, delivery, delivery. Comedic timing is not in every narrator and is often lost in writing.
No, because other people around me would think me insane for all the laughter. This was enjoyed alone like a secret pleasure.
If you have an odd childhood, anxiety of any type, low self esteem or never personally experienced an acid trip. This book will enlighten you in the best ways.
She is funny - she makes me laugh, like alot. I cant say she is the funniest woman I have ever read, but she is right up there. Like if I made a standard size post-it note list of funny woman books, this would make the list. There. I said it on the internet. I like Jenny Lawson.
I would say the trying to have a baby chapter. But that is sort of sad and it was especially sad for me because we tried and tried and tried to have a baby with no success. So it sort of hit me, thanks for that unexpected gut punch Ms. Lawson, by the way...but, in her defense, I understand not leaving that out...you couldnt leave something THAT crucial and poignant out... lets just say, I did stay sitting in the car in park till the chapter ended, but it wasnt for the laughs on that particular snipet.
The thing I found most entertaining was the chapter on the post-it note argument with husband Victor...I could almost see this unraveling in my own home and my husband was afraid when i read it aloud to him! Nice Jenny!!
I have listened to/read her blog. She is always entertaining.
this is a stretch for me...maybe "crazy... but funny?"
thanks for the laughs!
I dare you to come up with a memoir funnier than Jenny Lawson's. Go on, try naming one.