I haven’t posted a ‘must read’ on here lately – mainly because I haven’t had much time to read…
that and I’ve been binge watching the Good Wife.
I did finish a book last week though and I had to pass it along:
When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.
In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives. ~ excerpted from Indigo.ca
I had to put in the synopsis, but it really doesn’t do the book (or the author) justice. Jenny Lawson is a world famous blogger – made so by her bawdy humour, erratic and eccentric train of thought and her ability to “say” what she’s thinking – relevant or not.
Her upbringing in rural Texas with a taxidermist father lead to early adventures with wild turkeys and bobcats as “pets”… and those were just a few of the live creatures in her story. She touches on her battle with mental illness with a candid, self-deprecating humour that only endears her to the reader further.
One of my favourite sections in the book (although there are SOOO many) was her post-it note argument with her husband; I won’t spoil it here, but suffice it to say a wet towel left on the bathroom floor resulted in a barrage of reprimands including a threat “that something in the fridge is poisoned”… all on post-it notes left throughout the house.
Brilliant! Tell me you’re not tempted to use that sometimes? The threat only – please don’t actually poison anything in your home intentionally, no matter how wet the towels.
If you are somewhat offended when your gynaecologist doesn’t acknowledge you in public (does he really only recognize my va-j-j?), can sympathize with someone that microwaves 10 packages of instant KD for 30 minutes (“If one package is three minutes, then 10 must mean 30 right?”) and would like to delve deeper into the debate as to whether Jesus should be considered a zombie… you NEED to read this book.
Forget the debate – no matter your side on any of the above arguments – you NEED to read this book.
This is a photo of a wall in her house – the boar with the top hat and cigar is “James Garfield” – come on, tell me you can’t wait to read what twisted mind thinks this is the epitome of interior design. lol
Have a great one!