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The Cuckoo’s Calling by Robert Galbraith (J.K. Rowling)

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“The dead could only speak through the mouths of those left behind, and through the signs they left scattered behind them.”  ~~ Robert Galbraith (or J.K. Rowling) in The Cuckoo’s Calling

From Lauren’s Perspective:

I’d like to start by saying how incredibly happy I am.  Ecstatic.  Thrilled.  Overjoyed.  A lot of books make me feel happy and giddy and all those wonderful things, but rarely does one make me feel them in this way.  I’ll tell you why:  I LOVED this book!  Loved it!  I was enthralled from the first to last word, and was barely able to put it down when I had other mundane things to do, like working and eating.

If you read this blog, you must know that I am a huge Harry Potter fan.  Potterhead, I think they call it.  I am obsessed with those books and can honestly say they changed my life.  So, when The Casual Vacancy came out last year, I bought it immediately, knowing that J.K. Rowling couldn’t let me down.  And she didn’t.  Not really.  But I say that having been unable to finish the book.  It just didn’t interest me.  I read the first 150 pages or so, but couldn’t get behind the story.  The writing was beautiful, as Rowling’s words always are, but I just couldn’t make myself care about the characters.  This was devastating for me.  I wanted to be a Rowling fan, not just a Harry Potter fan, because her writing truly is beautiful.  But here I was, with her first book post-Potter, and was completely unable to finish it.

Then, along comes this hidden gem of a book called “The Cuckoo’s Calling” by unknown author Robert Galbraith.  It is found out months after its release that it was secretly written by none other than Rowling!  Of course excitement in the publishing world grew and thousands if not hundreds of thousands of the book were printed within days to cover the overwhelming demand for the book.  And this time, I have not one bad thing to say.  With “The Casual Vacancy”, Rowling still had her wit and charm and beautiful use of the English language, but what was lacking was an appealing story, at least for me.  “The Cuckoo’s Calling” brought back everything Rowling-esque from her Harry Potter books and gave it to us in a wonderful mystery full of intrigue and suspense.  It was honestly delightful.

The writing was beautiful, Rowling’s insights into the world of fame and fortune were as apt as those insights about love and death found in the pages of all her Harry Potter books, She writes, “It’s an illness,” she said, although she made the words sound like “it’s uh nillness.” Nillness, thought Strike, for a second distracted. Sometimes illness turned slowly to nillness, as was happening to Bristow’s mother… sometimes nillness rose to meet you out of nowhere, like a concrete road slamming your skull apart.”  Just absolutely beautiful.

I can honestly say I have never been happier to like a book in my life, and I can also say that I can not wait to read Coromander Strike’s next adventure, as Rowling has assured us that he will return.

To end, I will say with pride, and a great sigh of relief:  ROWLING IS BACK!  (Not that she ever really left 🙂 )

Rating

Plot – 4/5
Writing/Style/Form – 5/5
Characters – 4/5
Enjoyment/Entertainment Value – 5/5

Overall Score – 18/20

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Where’d You Go, Bernadette? – By Maria Semple

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“My heart started racing, not the bad kind of heart racing, like I’m going to die. But the good kind of heart racing, like, Hello, can I help you with something? If not, please step aside because I’m about to kick the shit out of life.”  ~~ Maria Semple in Where’d You Go, Bernadette?

From Lauren’s Perspective:

I’m going to start somewhere I don’t usually start in these book reviews, I want to talk about the cover.  Although I’ve never mentioned it before, I believe that the cover of a book can completely sell a novel.  It can also completely ruin one.  There are hundreds of books I have passed by, even if I thought I’d be interested in the story, because the cover is atrocious and I can only assume that means the text inside will follow suit.  There are too many books out there for me to waste time on ugly artwork.  So I thought I’d start by saying that this is one of the best covers I have seen in a long time.  It drew me into the book before I even knew what the book was about, partly because of the beautifully contrasting colours, and partly because of the equally interesting title .  Either way, whoever created this cover design:  Well done.  I think it will catch a lot of eyes, and don’t worry, what’s inside is every bit as beautiful and contrasting as the cover.

Where’d You Go, Bernadette?  Is the story of a mother and daughter.  It is the story of family dynamics, and the story of love.  It is told from the point of view of Bernadette’s fifteen year old daughter, Bee, through correspondences between her mother and anyone who had been in contact with Bernadette leading up to her disappearance.

The layout of this book is fantastic.  It does not read in regular prose, but instead, you read letters and emails passed between various characters.  It is a fascinating and different way to learn about a characters personality and surprisingly easy to read.  When I first began, I did think it might be hard to follow the seemingly haphazard style that Maria Semple undertakes, however, Semple does a beautiful job mixing in letters with regular prose, taking us back and forth between Bernadette’s point of view in all her correspondence, and Bee’s point of view in the space in between.

The book was an absolute pleasure to read, and when you add in Semple’s beautiful knack for writing, the story becomes impossible to put down.  Semple writes in one of her more meaningful moods, “”That’s right,’ she told the girls. ‘You are bored. And I’m going to let you in on a little secret about life. You think it’s boring now? Well, it only gets more boring. The sooner you learn it’s on you to make life interesting, the better off you’ll be.”  It is through writing like this the the book really sold me.  I have always appreciated a good story, even those that are sometimes not written all that well (*cough* twilight *cough* *cough*), and really, I will read almost anything (Except Ulysses.  I tried.  I really tried.)  But when you throw together not only a wonderful story, but also beautiful prose; well that’s pretty much my heaven and it was close to perfect.

So far, here’s what you have learned from me, without giving away any spoilers:  The plot is haphazard and jumpy, but brilliant.  The writing is simply beautiful, it’s simple and beautiful.  Now, what about the characters?  I always find the most important thing (to me) in writing and reading characters is the ability to relate to the characters.  Obviously I’m not going to relate 100% of the time to every character, but I like to find a part of myself in each of them, no matter how fantastical, as a way of truly being able to understand the characters.  This book is a perfect example.  Bee is an over achiever, brilliant just like her parents, and not the most popular girl at school.  We have little in common, but I loved her.  I loved her because I could be a bit of a loner like her, and in that I found a common bond.  She is wonderfully written, precocious, and so smart you could die.  And what’s weird, she has an amazing family dynamic, this amidst a story where her mother inevitably disappears.  You find yourself yearning for friendships with your parents akin to the ones Bee experiences, and that’s an amazing thing.

Bernadette herself is perfect, in my opinion, because of her flaws.  Her life is a little off kilter, but she stands tall and proud when people start accusing her of her life being off kilter.  I love that.  Confidence in a woman who knows she has worth despite the fact that she is going through a small mental breakdown.  Reading some other reviews, I heard some people write that they didn’t like the character of Bernadette, that she was too whiny.  I couldn’t disagree more.  She is a strong woman who stands up for herself despite her fears.  Yes, she makes some bad decisions, but she is intelligent and strong through it all.  And honestly, I don’t find anything wrong with being a little crazy.  Bernadette is so full of love, I don’t know how anyone could dislike her.  She writes in a letter to Bee near the end of the novel the most perfect description of her passions and, through that, her beautifully broken mind, “Every single iceberg filled me with feelings of sadness and wonder. Not thoughts of sadness and wonder, mind you, because thoughts require a thinker, and my head was a balloon, incapable of thoughts.”  Her mind was amazing, despite everything going wrong within it as well.  As for the secondary characters, I won’t go into detail about them  as they played an important role in the book and were written well, but were not nearly as interesting as the two main characters.  I will say this about them:  They all have flaws that are at once delightful and infuriating.  They are all perfectly human.

In the end, all I want to finish by saying is this:  Read this book.  It is a beautiful tale of a mother and daughter, but it is also so much more.  It is the story of a life going wrong, trying to pick up the pieces, but standing tall and proud throughout.  It is a story of confidence in yourself, and having hope when hope is all but lost.  Please pick up this book if you have the chance.

Rating

Plot – 5/5
Writing/Style/Form – 4/5
Characters – 4/5
Enjoyment/Entertainment Value – 5/5

Overall Score – 18/20

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Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls by David Sedaris

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“A person doesn’t consciously choose what he focuses on. Those things choose you, and, once they do, nothing, it seems, can shake them.” ~~ David Sedaris in Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls

From Lauren’s Perspective:

Hilarious and insightful as always, Sedaris has another hit with Let’s Explore Diabetes with Owls.  The stories found within its pages did more than just make me laugh, they made me think.  They made me question humanity and it’s current state, and whether its current state is positive or not.  And most of all they made me really want to know David Sedaris in the way it felt like I already knew him after reading this collection of essays.

Reading a book like this, one full of very personal short stories about a writers life, is always hard to critique.  I can’t do it in the way I would a novel, yet there is a lot to be said about Sedaris’ stories.  He manages to write about a world that happens to be his reality, while still making it seem outlandish in some ways, unbelievable in some ways, and hilarious in most ways.

He writes about normal, everyday things like what to get his boyfriend for Valentine’s day in his story “Understanding Understanding Owls”, and he writes about all the amazing trips he goes on in just about all of his other stories.  But even while travelling the world, seeing amazing things and experiencing life in a way everyone should, he manages to bring you with him.  Instead of talking about staying in expensive hotels, he talks about renovating a home and picking up trash at the side of the road.  Instead of talking about five star travel, and first-class lounges, he shares stories about a sea turtle that changed his life in Hawaii.

That’s not to say he tries to relate to everyone. That’s not to say he is trying to down play the amazing life he’s lived.  He still tells stories about buying homes in Paris and in West Sussex, about living all over the world; but rather than tell us stories about a lavish lifestyle, he relates stories about the mundane things that happen within that sometimes lavish lifestyle.  He makes you relate by showing you that no matter what, you will experience strange people in strange cities doing strange things, and sometimes those strange people will be your family and friends, and sometimes those strange cities will be the ones where you spend most of your life.

The best thing about Sedaris, in my opinion, is his ability to go off on a tangent while always bringing the story back home.  What starts out as a story about an inside joke turns into a story about a journey for the perfect Valentine’s day gift, which then turns into a story about his love of strange and sometimes disturbing objects.  But in the end, Sedaris brings his readers back to the importance of the owl, he brings his readers back to the reason he wrote the story to begin with.  It feels as though you are reading twenty stories at once, you wonder where he could possibly be going with his stories, until suddenly, you don’t have to wonder anymore and everything makes sense.  He always ends his stories perfectly, oftentimes throwing in a life lesson, or sometimes simply describing a peculiar life event, but always doing so with perfectly timed humour.

David Sedaris is a unique writer, in that he has spent most of his career writing about nothing but himself, even though he claims he hasn’t lived that extraordinary of a life.  To have the talent to write about sometimes mundane things that happen in everyday life and turn them into something meaningful and hilarious is a wonderful thing.  To give this to his readers time and time again is his gift to the world.

This book is perfect for anyone who claims not to be a lover of books, someone who doesn’t spend all their time reading.  The stories are short, easy to get through, easier to laugh through, and perfect for anyone looking to get into some great summer reading.

Rating

Plot – N/A
Writing/Style/Form – 4/5
Characters – N/A
Enjoyment/Entertainment Value – 4/5

Overall Score – 8/10

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Tina Fey – Bossypants

“Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”  ~~ Tina Fey, Bossy Pants

From Lauren’s Perspective:

I read Tina Fey’s biography about a month ago and wasn’t going to write a review on it because, well, it’s a biography.  I find those very hard to review (see: Let’s Pretend this Never Happened review).  Reviews on biographies apparently result in me rambling on about how I do or do not relate to the person I’m reading about because I can’t critique the characters, there is no plot to like or dislike, and the writing is much different then that of a fiction book.  Really, what it comes down to, I just feel weird about critiquing somebody’s life.

However, here we are again, as me and Krista have decided to review another biography for no other reason then that we both enjoyed it immenslely.  Tina Fey is hilarious, witty, well-spoken, and the sort of female role-model a pseudo-feminist like myself is always looking for.

Bossypants takes us through Tina Fey’s life from birth to present (or 2010 as that’s when the book was released), and focuses on her time at Saturday Night Live and 30 Rock.  It shows us a small town girl who made her way to fame and, more importantly, a position of power; and how she has handled all the responsibility.  Fey writes hilarious anecdotes about her life that are coupled with words of wisdom to women everywhere.

Here are a few of my favourite quotes, to give you a taste of her writing style:

  1. “If you retain nothing else, always remember the most important rule of beauty, which is: who cares?”
  2. “Some people say, “Never let them see you cry.” I say, if you’re so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.”
  3. “Gay people don’t actually try to convert people. That’s Jehovah’s Witnesses you’re thinking of.” 
  4. “You could put a blond wig on a hot-water heater and some dude would try to fuck it.” 
  5. “My ability to turn good news into anxiety is rivaled only by my ability to turn anxiety into chin acne.” 
  6. “I feel about Photoshop the way some people feel about abortion. It is appalling and a tragic reflection on the moral decay of our society…unless I need it, in which case, everybody be cool.” 
  7. “You can’t be that kid standing at the top of the waterslide, overthinking it. You have to go down the chute.” 

As you can see, she mixes real life wisdom with her trademark humour.  She’s funny yes, but on top of that she is clearly intelligent, and that makes her book definitely one worth reading.

And while this book is more directed towards women and their struggle to get ahead in a male dominated world, I think men should pick up this book as well.  They can learn just as much about being in a position of power, about being a boss, and take away some hilarious woman related but man friendly humour as well.

Overall, I recommend this book wholeheartedly.  Although I don’t always read a lot of biographies, usually preferring fiction, I find that when I do take the time to read a biography, I’m not usually disappointed.  And Tina Fey will not disappoint.

Overall Rating:  17/20

From Krista’s Perspective:

Hilarious.

Oh, should I say more than that?  I thought a one-word description would cover the hilarity of this book, but I will go on.  Bossypants was not only hilarious and actually laugh-out-loud worthy but it provided me with an entirely new “reading” experience.  I say “reading” because this was my first audio book experience and it was pretty different.  My fiance’s brother lent me his copy of the audio book and I truly enjoyed turning it on and listening during my long two-hour drive to and from Valdosta when I go to their place on the weekends.  I have never particularly been interested in an audio book because I prefer to have the words in front of me to focus on, but because this was hilarious snippets of her life in biography form it was an easy and enjoyable listen compared to attempting to listen to entire novel.

Tina Fey is a perfect role model for women everywhere.  We are in a time where weak pitiful female characters like Bella from Twilight and Ana from Fifty Shades of Grey are celebrated.  But once in awhile a strong character like Katniss from Hunger Games and Tina Fey come marching on the scene and show us that women do not need to be meek pushovers.  Tina Fey uses her great sense of humor to bring hilarity to the mundane, the pains of growing up, and the reality of working in a man’s world.  She pokes fun at herself when she sarcastically describes how looking good is of the utmost importance to her and mockingly points out the “necessary” physical traits women must have to be beautiful.  She shares stories from her childhood, her college years where a fanny pack was her coolest posession, then moves on to her marriage and her career with Saturday Night Live and the transition to 30 Rock.  She also uses this book to share her “wisdom” with her readers of how to maintain a beauty regimen, how to raise a child, and how to become the boss.  Tina Fey covers this broad spectrum of topics with ease and in a relaxed, comfortable,sarcastic, and hilarious way.  I promise you won’t be able to help laughing out loud and making drivers around you stare at you like a crazy person; I speak from personal experience.

It is hard to choose which part of the book I liked the best, but the description of her disastrous honeymoon complete with the almost sinking of their cruiseship, the story of her first period (sorry men!) and her confusion over why it wasn’t blue liquid like all the commericals promised it would be, and the way she gracefully ruined parties as a teenager when her curfew was fast approaching are among the top three.  I also really enjoyed how she explained the reality of working in the entertainment industry by saying things like: “The show doesn’t go on because it’s ready; it goes on because it’s 11:30” and “You have to remember that actors are human beings. Which is hard sometimes because they look so much better than human beings.”  No matter the topic, whether serious or trivial, whether it be how to survive as the boss or how to deal with body hair, Tina Fey discusses it with a casually hilarious ease.

The greatest thing about the book, which a lot of women will relate to, is the reoccuring topic of women’s bodies, health, and beauty.  Tina Fey shares many hilarious antecdotes about how bad she dresses, how little she likes makeup, her terrible haircuts, and the photoshop debate, but most important is her focus on body image.  She talks about her confusion of big or small hips by saying: “I didn’t know hips could be a problem. I thought there was just fat or skinny. This was how I found out that there are an infinite number of things that can be “incorrect” on a woman’s body.”  She never fully comes out and confronts the issue of body dismorphia being severely influenced by the media, but she does try to inspire women to be content with the bodies they have.

Whether you pick up a copy of her book or download the audio book, prepare to laugh.  As Lauren mentioned, we don’t read a ton of biographies but we ironically both happened to get our hands on this book without a word to each other.  And I am glad we did.  I highly recommend it to anyone looking for a laugh, for advice, or just to see how the mundane activities of life can become hilarious.  I’ll close with this quote because I think it accurately describes how the majority of women feel who can’t seem to keep up with the constantly changing definition of beauty.  Tina Fey has succesfully put into words the frustration all women feel!

“And from that day forward, women embraced their diversity and realized that all shapes and sizes are beautiful. Ah haha. No. I’m totally messing with you. All Beyonce and JLo have done is add to the laundry list of attributes women must have to qualify as beautiful. Now every girl is expected to have: caucasian blue eyes, full Spanish lips, a classic button nose, hairless Asian skin with a California tan, a Jamaican dance hall ass, long Swedish legs, small Japanese feet, the abs of a lesbian gym owner, the hips of a nine-year-old boy, the arms of Michelle Obama, and doll tits.

The person closest to actually achieving this look is Kim Kardashian, who, as we know, was made by Russian scientists to sabotage our athletes.”

Overall Rating:  18/20

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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened – Jenny Lawson

“People with anxiety disorders are often labeled as “shy” or “quiet” or “that strange girl who probably buries bodies in her basement.”  I’ve never actually heard anyone refer to me as the latter, but I always assume that’s what people are thinking, because that sort of paranoia is a common side effect of anxiety disorder.” – Jenny Lawson in Let’s Pretend this Never Happened

From Lauren’s Perspective:

A few months ago a friend of mind introduced me to a new blog by someone called The Bloggess, (the same friend that introduced me to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and later Harry Potter.  I really should thank her for all my current obsessions) and within the first few entries I was hooked. The Bloggess is hilarious.  She is the kind of funny that the term “LOL” should have been made for.  Not to mention she’s kind of crazy, which gives me something to relate to.  She has substance and writes about important issues like body image and depression in between hilarious  posts about Copernicus the Homicidal Monkey and Beyonce the Giant Metal Chicken.  Lawson is crazy in all the ways you hope to be, in all the ways that make you endearing and quirky.

Needless to say, when I heard her book was coming out, I immediately pre-ordered it and anxiously awaited its arrival.  It unfortunately turned out, however, that I was too broke for my order to go through and the day before the release I received an email telling me I hadn’t actually paid yet.  So the day of the release, I went to Chapters and begged my boyfriend to let me buy it, but he knew as well as I did it was out of my budget and I’d be better off waiting for pay day.  He rationally talked me into ordering the e-book for now and waiting for the hardcover when I had some extra money.  So smart, so simple, it was the perfect solution.  But then, of course, the KOBO online store wouldn’t take American Express, my only form of payment, so once again I was left with no way of reading the book I had long been waiting for.

True to form, and I think rather fitting for one of Lawson’s die-hard followers, I broke out into a full-blown panic attack.  I needed to read this book and I needed to read it now.  Through hyperventilating sobs my boyfriend tried everything to calm me down, wishing he had just let me spend the grocery money on the book in the first place.  He went back and forth between being completely bewildered at my breaking down over a book and concern for my well-being.  He just didn’t understand.  Lawson was just like me and I needed to hear her say that everything was going to be okay.  Somehow this book would make everything okay.

After a long search, we managed to find a way to use interac online and the book was finally mine.  I spent the rest of the night reading, completely content.

The next problem that came was trying to find a place I could actually read this ridiculously funny book.  Initially, I tried the bathtub, as that is where I’ve been known to relax with a good book for hours.  But this book was not relaxing and within minutes I was nearly choking on my own laughter.  The atmosphere in the tub was just not right.

I moved to my bed, the next best place for reading, and spent the next two hours keeping my boyfriend awake.  After he had calmly helped me through my earlier episode I felt it was unfair to repay him with laughing fits all night, so I gave up and went to bed.

The next day was no better, it ends up that laughing loudly on public transit gets you nothing but glares from angry commuters and looks of pity from the others who just think you’re crazy.  And when I attempted to read on my break at work, I was met with confusion. Laughter had never been heard in the break room before.  I was a menace wherever I went and it was worth every minute of it.

So basically, here’s my review:  READ THIS BOOK.  READ IT NOW.  Just be careful, because you will annoy the hell out of everyone around you.

As for the rest, I just don’t feel comfortable rating this book the way I do most others.  I can’t give a rating on the plot because it’s Lawson’s life.  And I can’t rate her characters because they are her family and friends.  So instead I am going to give one score out of 20 based on nothing but the overall enjoyment because that is what this book is about.  It’s about laughing at your crazy life, finding love amidst the chaos in your mind, and living as happily as possible despite overwhelming fear.

Seriously, you should read it.

Rating:

Overall Enjoyment – 19/20

From Krista’s Perspective:

“They try to be understanding but they don’t understand. I run outside to escape the worried eyes of people who love me, people who are afraid of me, strangers who wonder what’s wrong with me.” ~~ Jenny Lawson in Let’s Pretend this Never Happened

Back in April, Lauren had to thank a friend for turning her on to the fantastically hilarious Bloggess who does not hesitate to write the most outlandish, ridiculous things to have ever been put on a page.  Now I have to reiterate that.  Thanks to Lauren I have spent the last few months picking up this book any time I needed a good laugh or a good non-thinking book.  I didn’t get through this book as quickly as Lauren but that in no way is a reflection of this amazing book.  It was more of something I wanted to savor, to spread out the laughs, and to have something that could distract me in those moments of overwhelming stress and brain-overload.  The Bloggess delivered exactly that.

This is unlike anything I have ever read.  Truly.  She begins the book by explaining that her life is “basically like Little House on the Prairie but with more cursing“, and does her best to include all demographics by claiming that “druggies will totally relate to it, and nondruggies will feel smugly self-satisfied with their life choices when they read it”.  If that isn’t enough to pique your interest I don’t know what is.  This book is filled with over-exaggerated reactions, nonsensical rants (in a brilliant way) and ramblings of ridiculous tales that will literally make you laugh out loud.  This is no lie.  I made the harsh mistake of reading the majority of this book in the airport and on the plane for my recent trip back home to Canada resulting in me making a total ass of myself bursting out laughing, snorting, and covering my mouth to mask my giggles.  I’ve never had a book cause that type of reaction and it was well deserved.

The book alternates between stories from her childhood and the accidentally fearful circumstances their loving taxidermist father put them in, and the recounting of tales of her marriage to Victor as they raise their daughter Hayley.  All equally hilarious.  Her childhood is filled with stories of dead squirrel hand puppets, attempts at dressing Goth to stand out in high school, and getting her hand stuck inside of a cow.  Stories from her adultlife include ones that come to a conclusion like this:  “Then I said a little prayer thanking God for saving me from getting assaulted, and also for not making me have to explain to the ambulance drivers that I’d accidentally mistaken my cat for a rapist after purposefully overdosing on laxatives in order to make my antidepressants work better.”  No.  I’m not going to explain that story any better.  You are just going to have to read it to find out, but word of advice?  Don’t make my mistake of trying to swallow a sip of wine at the same time or you may also spit it across the counter of the airport bar causing 85 people to look at you extremely oddly.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

There are moments in this book where you want to shake your head and say, “That just can’t be true.  No one would react that way!  She and her husband couldn’t possibly threaten to poison each other or stab each other in the eye that often.”  All I know is that this book works through the up’s and down’s of this crazy life in a fantastic way.  It makes light of impossible situations and brings hilarity to moments of anxiety and stress.

The Bloggess words her personal tale like this:  “I see how we’ve changed to create a “normal” that no sane person would ever consider “normal”, but that works for us.  A new normal.  I see us becoming comfortable with our own brand of dysfunctional functionality, our own unique way of measuring successes. But most important, I see me…or rather the me I’ve become. Because I can finally see that all the terrible parts of my life, the embarrassing parts, the incidents I wanted to pretend never happened, and the things that make me “weird” and “different” were actually the most important parts of my life. They were the parts that made me me. And this was the very reason I decided to tell this story…to celebrate the strange, to give thanks for the bizarre.”  She acknowledges that she is different but embraces it in a beautiful, powerful way.

The Bloggess’ story is told with a heartfelt honesty that we should all strive to achieve. Even if you don’t suffer from anxiety or depression, I guarantee you will still find this to be one of the funniest books you’ve read.

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