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Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) | [Jenny Lawson]

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

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.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Nominee, Humor, 2013

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 listeners 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.

Chapters include: "Stanley the Magical, Talking Squirrel", "A Series of Angry Post-It Notes to My Husband", "My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking", and "And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane".

©2012 Jenny Lawson (P)2012 Penguin

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    R. Dansby 08-21-12
    R. Dansby 08-21-12 Member Since 2007

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    "Funny and endearing"

    Lawson's mostly true memoir shares the many eccentric stories of her life in a humorous and engaging way. The Bloggess narrates the book herself and adds her own sarcastic tone to the already satiric tales her of work, family, and life. Not many people have the privilege of a taxidermist father who is a prankster, or a giant chicken named Beyonce, but listening to Lawson we can all feel like we know someone who has. She exudes personality, and her stories were rich with moments of heartfelt emotion and hilarity.

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    Leanne Katy, TX, United States 08-17-12
    Leanne Katy, TX, United States 08-17-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Listened to it twice. Back to back"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to be better than the print version?

    I barely ever read books in print. I commute 2 hours daily and have found that listening to a book is the best use of my time, I get tired of the radio, and talking on the phone. I literally laughed out loud several times and other people on the highway must have thought I was insane.


    What other book might you compare Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to and why?

    I'd love to find another book to compare it to, but haven't yet. Chelsea Handler's books maybe?


    What about Jenny Lawson’s performance did you like?

    I liked that she is a great story teller and that she can't stay on task. I have ADD and sometimes paying attention to someone reading to me can be difficult, but I never lost focus on this book.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    No. It's not a "moving" book. It's a funny book.


    Any additional comments?

    When she writes another book, I will be buying it.

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    ginger 08-16-12
    ginger 08-16-12 Member Since 2010

    Mu favorites are paranormal, supernatural, post-apocalyptic, and horror!

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    "Laugh Out Loud!!!"
    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    First and foremost, I absolutely LOVED this book!!! I have never listened to an audio book that made me laugh so much! I imagine people may think i am a little nuts now - if they witnessed me walking down the sidewalk alone just cracking up histerically...(listening via headphones). I will certainly listen to this book again and again.

    Jenny narrates the book herself, which seemed mandatory to have the chapters come across in her unique perspective. I imagine that it is a better experience to listen to this book, to hear it from the author herself, the way it was meant to be told. I did not know about the Blogess prior to listening to this audio book, but now i am a devoted follower.

    In addition to its fabulous humor, this book has helped me on my personal journey as well. Jenny Lawson provides a refreshing outlook on what it is like to grow up with an anxiety disorder that just destroys us in social situations. Rather than feeling afraid, embarrased, and guilty about my social behaviors, I am now on my way to developing a healthier, accepting, and humorous outlook on my encounters. What an unexpected but priceless advantage of reading this story!


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    Alicia Lake in the Hills, IL, United States 08-13-12
    Alicia Lake in the Hills, IL, United States 08-13-12
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    "Best memoir that includes random taxidermy!"
    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    I plan to listen to this again so that I can share with friends - you can't just keep this awesomeness to yourself...and so that I won't feel so crazy about laughing my a$$ off in the car as I listened.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    Fighting off vultures with a machete to protect a doggie grave!


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Too many to recount here - the HR stories and meeting the future in-laws come to mind...


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Vultures aren't deterred by machetes!


    Any additional comments?

    Jenny, you're the best! Thanks for writing what most of us only think about or whisper to each other.

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    Nannette Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-13-12
    Nannette Sugar Land, TX, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "This made me laugh out loud"
    Would you listen to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) again? Why?

    I usually don't listen to books a second time, but there are some parts of this book that are just too funny, so maybe.


    What other book might you compare Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to and why?

    not sure


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

    The author is very animated, it almost like sitting with the person and listening to them talk. Her expressions are a riot! I loved it.


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    Crystal 08-13-12
    Crystal 08-13-12
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    "I can relate"
    What did you love best about Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir)?

    I loved hearing about her experience with panic attacks. I have panic disorder as well as agoraphobia and it was refreshing to hear her find humor in those awful times.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Extremely funny but also relatable. Her Post-It note conversations are hilarious!


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

    The tone that is often in her voice is priceless. If I was simply to read the book I feel I would not have picked up on her 'attitude' as much.


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    CDP 08-12-12
    CDP 08-12-12
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    "Outrageously funny."
    What made the experience of listening to Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) the most enjoyable?

    I listen while commuting and could easily pick up from where I left off. Loved her voice.


    What did you like best about this story?

    Even though sometimes it was a bit over the top, it was relatable.


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

    Jenny's accent and tempo help paint the picture. I have to think that listening to this book is better than reading. Not always the case.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Too many good stories to pick my favorite.


    Any additional comments?

    So good my daughter follows her blog.

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    Lance SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 08-07-12
    Lance SAN ANTONIO, TX, United States 08-07-12 Member Since 2007
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    If you could sum up Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) in three words, what would they be?

    -- Great Author Reader --- Jenny voices her book with the love and quirkiness only this author can bring. She has a great voice and gives the comic timing the read deserves. She also used her prerogative as the author to add audio content to her outstanding work. Stellar book and stellar author/reader...


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    lisa San Francisco, CA, United States 07-25-12
    lisa San Francisco, CA, United States 07-25-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Laugh out loud funny!"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Let's Pretend This Never Happened (A Mostly True Memoir) to be better than the print version?

    Since I haven't read the hard copy I'm not sure, but I will say that listening to Jenny read it did add a lot to the story that I really enjoyed!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Jenny is just hilarious... it is very hard to choose. But listening to her talk about her dad and all of his animals... dead and alive, was pretty darn funny. but then again, so were about 100 other parts of the book. Very hard to say!


    Which character – as performed by Jenny Lawson – was your favorite?

    just can't choose. that girl is hilarious!!!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the story about her dog was very sad... at the same time that it was also (here's the word again) hilarious! don't want to spoil it by saying more...


    Any additional comments?

    she made me want to read her blog and keep following her. great, great book!

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    Mary 07-23-12
    Mary 07-23-12
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    "Made me look forward to my long commute to work!"

    Jenny is hysterical, even turning her debilitating anxiety into hilarious yet humbling stories about social awkwardness that most people can relate to. Her childhood in rural Texas is nearly unbelievable, unless of course you also grew up in a small town, then you know it's all totally based on truth. There are also a couple of very poignant, personal chapters that made me cry, showing Jenny to be more than just a funny girl - she's also a loving mother, devoted wife, and caring friend. I really enjoyed this audiobook and actually looked forward to my long, daily commute!

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