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Quorren’s #CBR4 Review #26 Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

Once, I didn’t know what a Bloggess was.  Then pictures of Juanita the Weasel kenning over her ruined souffle began appearing in my Facebook newsfeed and I lost several hours of my life and possibly pulled a vocal chord trying not to laugh out loud in my cube.  And I immediately pre-ordered her book.

Now, I don’t have  great track record with humorous autobiographies.  As much as I wanted to love Bossypants, I never felt that I reached the level of ecstasy others got from it.  I also gave a lackluster review to Nerd Do Well, Simon Pegg’s book.  Part of it may stem from the fact that I have social anxiety and these books are like sitting down to the world’s longest dinner with someone.  So I decided with this book I would read a few chapters and then switch over to something else.  So instead of a dinner that ends up lasting two hours too long, I get twenty minute phone calls to Lawson.  In the end, due to the other book (reviewed next) being a snooze-fest, and this book being the epitome of hilarity, I read the book in two days.

To say that Jenny Lawson had an odd homelife is  like saying water is wet.  When your dad is a taxidermist, you’re either turn into a creeper or turn out with a wicked sense of humor.  My favorite story from the book was the Great Turkey Shit-Off of 1983.  I won’t give the finer points away, but there is turkey shit involved.  My least favorite was about her dead dog.  I also use humor to deal with my dark stuff, and now I know how off-putting it can be for others.  My empathy kicked in and instead of being all like, “HA!  You had to fight off vultures from your dead dog’s carcass with a machete!” I was more “SUBMIT TO MY HUGS, YOU NEED HUGS!”  Which I doubt either one of us would’ve enjoyed and it would’ve turn awkward fast.

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3 thoughts on “Quorren’s #CBR4 Review #26 Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

  1. I think you might have the right idea about reading humor books in small doses, especially books whose authors have such, er, distinctive voices. I slammed through this book, and as much as I love her and think she’s hilarious, I ended up with a bit of a Bloggess hangover. I still haven’t decided what I’m going to say in my review, and I read the book almost three weeks ago.

  2. quorren on said:

    Yeah, I found myself thinking in her voice (as in her style, not really her voice since I don’t know what it sounds like) for a few days after reading. I need humorists newsletters, not full books, I think.

  3. kattie on said:

    I hadn’t actually heard of the author here — totally thought I was the only one. The book was recommended by a few girls in my office, but I know I won’t have the actual time to read so I’ve been trying to find reviews on the audio book. Know any good ones? I really haven’t found any so I’m waiting to check out one being aired next weekend on The Book Report — its an AM talk radio literary show I try to catch here in Miami on WIOD, but more often I just stream the shows directly from their website. Either way, The Book Reports always seems to focus on audiobooks and Elaine Charles, the host, reviews have been pretty on point from what I’ve heard — curious to hear this one.

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