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2.0 out of 5 starsAren't we all nuts?
Reviewed in the United States on June 26, 2015
I enjoyed her opening essay and the one about her children (with the telling story of her daughter on a Jet Blue flight) and a few here or there but I am one of those people who don't care to hear about the writer's menstrual cycle, issues with tampons and the like. It is a book of essays so the fact it sort of reads like someone's diary is the point, I suppose, but I can't help but feeling some facts could have been omitted while focusing on the people she interacted with in her life instead.
4.0 out of 5 starsVery amusing but missing some text
Reviewed in the United States on December 2, 2018
Evjouable humorous anecdotes about motherhood, dating, work, and being Jewish I'm New York. Amusing even if the reader, like me, isn't Jewish . But text is missing following page 143 in the Kindle version, which I found frustrating. It's obvious because it cuts off and resumes mid-sente be and mid-topic.
5.0 out of 5 starsJill's book is wonderful as always
Reviewed in the United States on April 9, 2017
She's honest, witty, hilarious with her observations on mommy hood, New York, and her social circle. I appreciate the candor with which she shares her life's ups and downs. Halfway through it but the audio version and that was very fun to listen to, I recommend it.
This is a funny book about being a mom and woman in NYC who lives among the wealthy. The stories pretend an outsider is peering in to a world of wealth as an outsider. However, the dialog is a bit contrived and the world the author describes could only be viewed by an insider. Read it when you need to give your mind a break.
This book of hilariously written essays is perfect to lighten the mood if you’re feeling a bit stressed Producer, writer and star of the hit Bravo TV show Odd Mom Out (look for season 2 this summer), Kargman writes essays that share the good, bad, and ugly of her life in NYC….in a way that will make you long to go have a cocktail (or three) with her!
I'm a bit of a prude, so sometimes the language made me wince, but I still couldn't stop reading it! I bought the Kindle edition, but am going to purchase the hard copy so I can read it over and over. If you liked the book, S**t My Dad Says, you'll love this. It flows quickly, while making you laugh out loud. At the end, you want to start over. And you'll absolutely be reading excerpts to your friends! I can't wait to share it with my daughters - bad language be damned!! :)
2.0 out of 5 starsNot into her style of speaking...
Reviewed in the United States on April 24, 2013
It just wasn't all that funny to me. I had trouble getting into her style of writing. It felt convoluted, inflated and lacked any rhythmical quality. I felt like she was trying really hard to be funny and that distracted me from relaxing into the language. I may have found it funnier listening to it as stand-up, but the writing felt a bit choppy and forced. Just my humble opinion.
We all know how difficult it is to write humour. It's a task that should only be attempted with great humility and the understanding that you will most likely fail. Ms. Kargman started by telling her readers that she's a nut who loves to laugh. She then set out to prove herself by telling 'wacky' tales about her phobias of vans and dislike of Nellie Oleson. I think the writer is probably funny and engaging in real life, but not in a way that translates well onto the page. Which isn't to say that if she practices she can't improve. Writing humour takes skill, patience and lots of practice. I wish her well.