Sunday, January 13, 2013

Let's Pretend this Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir by Jenny Lawson

Overview from Barnes and Noble:

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. 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 Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.” Pictures with captions (no one would believe these things without proof) accompany the text.

My thoughts:
I saw a blurb about this book in People Magazine at one point and itlooked like a fun read.  I am glad that I checked it out of the library.  I haven't read a book that made me laugh this hard in quite some time!  Lawson has a knack for making things that are embarrassing or disturbing into something hilarious.  Sometimes all it takes to turn something catastrophic into something funny to tell all your friends and readers about is perspective, somethign we could all benefit from.  Many times it is how we look at something and our own attitude that defines if that moment is going to make us cry or laugh, make us weaker or stronger.

Jenny's family lived in a small Texas town.  Her father practiced taxidermy and their house had a large collection of animals displayed.  Her high school offered classes in taking care of farm animals as well as the regular assortment of subjects.  Her sister became teh high school mascot, Jenny herslef tried out drugs to try to be more comfortabel interacting socially, she met her husband in college and has a hard time interacting socially, being much more comfortable with the written word than the spoken one.

It is hard to put into words how she is able to take embarrassing or uncomfortable events and make them hilarious, but she does!  I am going to have to check out her blog.  I often feel like I don't laugh enough, so this was the perfect little book to finish the old year and start the new year.

Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101564479
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 5/24/2012
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged

Meet the Author

Jenny Lawson
Jenny Lawson is a columnist and one of the most popular bloggers on Twitter (hundreds of thousands of followers). Her blog,, averages between 2-3 million page views per month. Jenny lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and daughter.

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