Wednesday, May 22, 2013
A Couple of Memoirs
Book: Let's Pretend This Never Happened
Author: Jenny Lawson
Recommended: Wear depends, you are going to piss yourself reading this book.
This is the "mostly true memoir" of Jenny Lawson's childhood, marriage, and her general life. The first part of this book was funnier than the second, but I still enjoyed this super quick debut read by Jenny Lawson. She writes The Bloggess, which is a hilarious way to spend your work day. This book was good, but you occasionally find yourself wondering how many crazy things can happen to one person and if some of it is an exaggeration. I also thought that Lawson's liberal use of the word vagina was over the top. I found myself not caring much about her genitalia and its various issues.
Otherwise, this was a laugh out loud funny book, so much so that I caught myself laughing in public places, like the Metra or the courthouse. Awkward! I definitely recommend this book and author. She's funny, interesting and a very quick summer beach read. I totally enjoyed it.
Brown Beauty, which is the name of our house!
The second memoir I've read lately is:
Book: I Am Not Myself These Days
Author: Josh Kilmer-Purcell
Recommended to: Everyone, literally everyone.
I love love love Josh Kilmer-Purcell. He is the goat farmer from the Amazing Race and this is the memoir of his life before meeting Brent, starting a farm, and running the Race. His writing style is very funny and I laughed out loud even more with this book than Let's Pretend this Never Happened. This is the story of Josh during his days as a drag queen and his crack addicted escort boyfriend. This book is actually heartwarming despite the subject matter and Kilmer-Purcell displays an enormous writing range because in a single chapter you are pissing yourself laughing and the next you weep over Josh's life and choices. This is a beautifully done memoir and I recommend it to anyone looking for some thrills and tears this summer.