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  • Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)

    • UNABRIDGED (8 hrs and 41 mins)
    • By Jenny Lawson
    • Narrated By Jenny Lawson
    Overall
    (1912)
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    (1746)
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    (1760)

    For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris - Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Jenny Lawson realized that the most mortifying moments of our lives - the ones we'd like to pretend never happened - are in fact the ones that define us. In Let's Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson takes readers on a hilarious journey recalling her bizarre upbringing in rural Texas, her devastatingly awkward high school years, and her relationship with her long-suffering husband, Victor.

    Briana says: "This was supposed to be funny"
    "Actually, not for fans of Sedaris and Fey"
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    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    I *really* wanted to like this book. Maybe diehard devotees of Jenny Lawson's blog might like it more than I. I thought some of her essays were great, but couldn't stand an entire book of her. It was just... too forced.


    Has Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jenny Lawson’s performances?

    Probably not.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I would have trimmed a lot from the book as a whole. Jenny is witty and touching, but her sarcasm and schtick wore thin on me after the first half of the book. Her journey of self-awareness feels contrived and forced--- as if her editor told her that she had to summarize what she learned and how she grew from each anecdote. Her essay about miscarriage and living with chronic illness was really powerful and moving. Her father is fascinating, as is her upbringing. I would have liked to hear more about her parents.

    And whoever told her to SING the chapter titles should be fired. That was just cringe-inducing.


    41 of 45 people found this review helpful
  • Drift: The Unmooring of American Military Power

    • UNABRIDGED (7 hrs and 31 mins)
    • By Rachel Maddow
    • Narrated By Rachel Maddow
    • Whispersync for Voice-ready
    Overall
    (1446)
    Performance
    (1315)
    Story
    (1309)

    Rachel Maddow's Drift argues that we've drifted away from America's original ideals and become a nation weirdly at peace with perpetual war, with all the financial and human costs that entails. Sensible yet provocative, dead serious yet seriously funny, Drift will reinvigorate a "loud and jangly" political debate about how, when, and where to apply America's strength and power - and who gets to make those decisions.

    Dolf says: "Half the National Debt?"
    "Required reading for all citizens of the U.S."
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    What did you love best about Drift?

    I love Maddow's methodical research-based approach to military history. To think about large scale things in general is hard (i.e. trillion dollar budgets, impacts of a nuclear explosion, etc.) Maddow does a GREAT job of making it all relatable, thinkable and understandable.


    What does Rachel Maddow bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    It's always great to listen to a book read by the author in her own voice.


    What’s the most interesting tidbit you’ve picked up from this book?

    As a child of the 80s, I found her detailed examination of Reagan's presidency, including the invasion of Grenada illuminating. I was also surprised and awestruck by the number and scope of U.S. nuclear weapon accidents and quiet reparations throughout history. It's rather scary.


    Any additional comments?

    I am a huge HUGE Maddow fan, but even I found her dripping sarcasm a bit much in this book. It actually gets in the way at times. The message can easily sound like "look how stupid these people are" instead of a deeper exposure of what forces were pressuring people in our administrations (both Democratics and Republicans) to do stupid things and how we might change and prevent them in the future.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful

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