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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 ...

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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.

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"I wrote a book and it only took me 11 years. (Shut up, Stephen King)" is how "Bloggess" Jenny Lawson introduced her "mostly true memoir" to her online devotees. Let's Pretend This Never Happened, the book in question, reinforces Lawson's blog reputation for leaving no taboo untouched. With side-splitting effect, she describes her unconventional childhood, her father (a professional taxidermist who specialized in dead animal hand-puppets), her irreverent views on sex, drugs, and relationships, and much much more. (P.S. The dead mouse on the cover was not injured in the photo shoot.)

Melissa Bell
Lawson relishes revealing plenty about her life, except perhaps just how much she may exaggerate about it. Fall into her writing, though, and she proves that a memoir need not be exact to be enjoyable. She removes the onus of perfectly reported recollections and leads her readers down the rabbit hole of her memories…The result: a satisfying, blithe tale of a curious adulthood and curiouser childhood. The book skims through a series of comic essays, akin to [David] Sedaris if he were an anxiety-stricken Texas mother with a fascination with the zombie apocalypse.
—The Washington Post
Publishers Weekly
In punchy chapters that cover a fairly uneventful life in the southern Republican regions, blogger Lawson achieves an exaggerated sarcasm that occasionally attains a belly laugh from the reader (“I grew up a poor black girl in New York. Except replace ’black’ with ’white’ and ’New York’ with ’rural Texas’”), but mostly descends into rants about bodily functions and dead animals spiced with profanity. The daughter of a taxidermist whose avid foraging and hunting filled their “violently rural” Wall, Tex., house with motley creatures like raccoons and turkeys and later triggered some anxiety disorder, Lawson did not transcend her childhood horrors so much as return to them, marrying at age 22 a fellow student at a local San Angelo college, Victor, and settling down in the town with a job in “HR” while Victor worked “in computers.” In random anecdotal segments Lawson treats the vicissitudes of her 15-year marriage, the birth of daughter Hailey after many miscarriages, some funny insider secrets from the HR office, and an attempt to learn to trust women by spending a weekend in California wine country with a group of bloggers. With little substantive writing on these subjects, however, Lawson’s puerile sniggering and potty mouth gets old fast. Agent: Neeti Madan, Sterling Lord. (Apr.)
Library Journal
She's famed on the Internet as the Bloggess ("like Mother Teresa, only better") and also writes an (I hope) tongue-in-check parenting column and a self-styled satirical sex column that must be sizzly because my office computer denies me access. Here, Lawson revisits her rural Texas childhood. With lots of media attention expected and comparisons to Chelsea Handler, this book is one to watch.
Library Journal
A memoir about growing up poor in rural Texas and learning to live with mental illness doesn’t sound like a laugh-out-loud read, but Lawson, better known online as The Bloggess, has a way with gallows humor and a knack for providing nontreacly support to anyone struggling with loneliness, anxiety, chronic pain, or depression. Plus, after her stories about life with a taxidermist father, readers will never look at a dead squirrel in the same way.—Stephanie Klose

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Kirkus Reviews
A mostly funny, irreverent memoir on the foibles of growing up weird. In blogger Lawson's debut book, "The Bloggess" (thebloggess.com) relies entirely on her life stories to drive an unconventional narrative. While marketed as nonfiction, it's a genre distinction the author employs loosely (a point made clear in the book's subtitle). On the opening page she defends the subtitle, explaining, "The reason this memoir is only mostly true instead of totally true is that I relish not getting sued." Yet Lawson also relishes exaggerative storytelling, spinning yarns of her childhood and early adulthood that seem so unbelievable they could hardly be made up. Nearly every line is an opportunity for a punch line--"Call me Ishmael. I won't answer to it, because it's not my name, but it's much more agreeable that most of the things I've been called"; "And that's how I ended up shoulder-deep in a cow's vagina"; "there's nothing more romantic than a proposal that ends with you needing a tetanus shot"--and while the jokes eventually wear thin, by that point readers will be invested in Lawson herself, not just her ability to tell a joke. The author's use of disclaimers, editorial notes and strike-thrus leaves the book feeling oddly unfinished, though it's a calculated risk that serves well as an inside joke shared between writer and reader at the expense of the literary elite. While Lawson fails to strike the perfect balance between pathos and punch line, she creates a comic character that readers will engage with in shocked dismay as they gratefully turn the pages.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780425261019
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 3/5/2013
  • Pages: 384
  • Sales rank: 42,481
  • Product dimensions: 5.40 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Jenny Lawson

Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Jenny Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity, as they found themselves admitting that they, too, often wondered why Jesus wasn’t classified as a zombie, or laughed to the point of bladder failure when she accidentally forgot that she mailed herself a cobra. Lawson’s blog (TheBloggess.com) is award-winning and extremely popular, and she is considered one of the funniest writers of our generation by at least three or four people. 

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Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I Was a Three-Year-Old Arsonist 3

My Childhood: David Copperfield Meets Guns & Ammo Magazine 9

Stanley, the Magical Talking Squirrel 22

Don't Tell Your Parents 30

Jenkins, You Motherfucker 37

If You Need an Arm Condom, It Might Be Time to Reevaluate Some of Your Life Choices 46

Draw Me a Fucking Dog 58

And That's Why Neil Patrick Harris Would Be the Most Successful Mass Murderer Ever 70

No One Ever Taught Me Couch Etiquette 79

Just Your Average Engagement Story 83

It Wasn't Stew 88

Married on the Fourth of July 95

There's No Place Like Home 100

A Series of Helpful Post-it Notes I Left Around the House for My Husband This Week 105

The Dark and Disturbing Secrets HR Doesn't Want You to Know 111

If You See My Liver, You've Gone Too Far 125

My Vagina Is Fine. Thanks for Asking 134

Phone Conversation I Had with My Husband After I Got Lost for the Eighty Thousandth Time 140

And Then I Got Stabbed in the Face by a Serial Killer 146

Thanks for the Zombies, Jesus 164

Making Friends with Girls 169

I Am the Wizard of Oz of Housewives (In That I Am Both "Great and Terrible" and Because I Sometimes Hide Behind the Curtains) 191

The Psychopath on the Other Side of the Bathroom Door 201

An Open Letter to My Husband, Who Is Asleep in the Next Room 209

Just to Clarify: We Don't Sleep with Goats 212

Stabbed by Chicken 221

It Wasn't Even My Crack 238

Honestly, I Don't Even Know Where I Got That Machete: A Comic Tragedy in Three Farts Days 247

I'm Going to Need an Old Priest and a Young Priest 258

And That's Why You Should Learn to Pick Your Battles 277

Hairless Rats: Free for Kids Only 282

And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane 287

You Can't Go Home Again (Unless You Want to Get Mauled by Wild Dogs) 297

Epilogue 307

The End (Sort of) 309

True Facts 815

Acknowledgments 317

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Interviews & Essays

Questions from Jen Lancaster to Jenny Lawson:

Jen Lancaster: You appear to have a soft spot for dead, stuffed creatures, particularly if they're clad in bowler hats or acting out a scene—please explain.

Jenny Lawson: My father is a professional taxidermist, so it's not like I had a fighting chance. And besides, I think the real question here is, who wouldn't be interested in ferrets in cancan dresses? Old anthropomorphic taxidermy is fascinating and I've collected an entire menagerie of creatures that make up my personal posse. Cuban pirate alligators, Shakespearean mice, heavily armed squirrels, vampire-slaying ducklings. I'm not sure how you say no to those. My husband can, but I'm fairly sure there's something not right about him. Anyone who can turn his nose up at the Last Supper constructed of Victorian kittens has a problem. I suspect it's because he's a Republican.

Jen Lancaster: Who would you say is more powerful, The Bloggess Army or the KISS Army? Compare and contrast.

Jenny Lawson: My gut says the Bloggess Army is a bit more intimidating because we don't dress up like kitties, but I'd probably still pick the KISS Army because Gene Simmons scares the shit out of me. Plus, my fans are less of an army and more of a collection of misfit minions looking to have a good time. Actually, now that I think about it, there's probably a lot of crossover with the KISS Army. We should host a potluck together.

Jen Lancaster: Can you believe some people don't know what a confidence wig is?

Jenny Lawson: Right?! It's shocking how often I walk in with one and I hear people whispering about the poor cancer patient that just walked in. I'm not a cancer patient, people. I just wear a wig to increase confidence. Plus, if I really mortify myself, I can just run to the bathroom, throw away the wig, and come back in and ask everyone who invited the crazy blonde that just crawled out of the bathroom window. There is no downside.

Jen Lancaster: What's it going to take for Nathan Fillion to send you a photo of himself holding a ball of twine?

Jenny Lawson: I think it's going to take Nathan Fillion holding a ball of twine. I've offered him thousands of dollars and he still rebuffs me. I have no idea what the hold up is, but I can only imagine that Nathan Fillion is allergic to either twine or to bringing smiles to the faces of strange women who really aren't asking for that much, Nathan.

Jen Lancaster: Complete this sentence: "An oversized metal chicken . . . "

Jenny Lawson: "Means never having to say you're sorry. Because it's not towels."

Jen Lancaster: Snooki or Kim Kardashian?

Jenny Lawson: Alphabetically, or in order of who is most likely to fuck up the youth of America? Because those are two different answers. Or possibly they aren't, now that I think about it.

Jen Lancaster: What would you be doing if you weren't writing? ("Hard time" is an acceptable and, frankly, the anticipated answer, FYI.)

Jenny Lawson: Well, I was going to say "hard time" but now you've ruined it. Which makes me feel stabby. Which leads to hard time. I think this is an example of circular logic. In real life, though, I'd be writing. Before my book it was blogging and before blogging, it was journaling and several times in between, it was graffiti. Writers write always. I thought Ray Bradbury said that, but I can't find the quote anywhere so I'm taking credit for it. Writers write always.

Jen Lancaster: I don't consider you a mommyblogger, but many PR companies do. What's the worst pitch you've gotten?

Jenny Lawson: Once a PR exec accidentally "replied to all" and called me "a fucking bitch" after I asked them to stop sending me pitches about a Kardashian wearing panty hose. He replied that I should feel flattered that I was even viewed as relevant enough to be pitched to, and I replied "Please stand by for a demonstration of relevancy" and tweeted it out to hundreds of thousands of people. It was kind of awesome. And terrifying.

Jen Lancaster: Wil Wheaton or William Shatner?

Jenny Lawson: Wil Wheaton. Unless we're doing the "destroying America thing" again. Then I have to recalculate. William Shatner and I are still recovering from a feud that was covered by MSNBC and Gawker when he refused to come to my house after I apparently offered him the wrong type of hooker. That man is a damn diva. Wil Wheaton, on the other hand, is an officer and a gentleman. William Shatner could learn a lot from that man.

Jen Lancaster: If you had one piece of advice for someone hoping to follow your career path, what would it be?

Jenny Lawson: My one word of advice would be "FORTHELOVEOOFGODDON'T." I've fallen backward into this, and I have done every single thing wrong. I have no sacred cows and am fairly unmarketable to any mainstream advertisers. I burn bridges because I like the pretty way they glow and I do exactly the opposite of everything I'm ever told to do. Thank God there's a steady stream of intellectual misfits and misanthropic joy-seekers who get me, because that's the only thing that's saved me. Finding my tribe was a great gift that the Internet gave me. I returned the favor with tweets about shit my cat was doing. We're pretty even.

Jen Lancaster: What's it like to ride around in your head for the day?

Jenny Lawson: Cramped. Exhausting. Exhilarating. Baffling. I have no way to compare it, but whenever I let slip the bizarre things I'm thinking about, people seem alarmed and step away slowly, so I think "disorientating" is probably fair as well.

An additional Q&A with Jenny Lawson
Quick, when you hear the letters B and N, you think of. .. ?

"I'd like to buy a vowel." Then I think, "Hell, I've wasted my turn," because it's clearly Barnes & Noble.

Favorite book ever?

One day when I get to heaven I'm going to be asked why I didn't put "The Bible, of course" here. Truthfully, though, my favorite book ever is probably the collected works of Ray Bradbury. The man is a damn genius.

Favorite top five authors?

Neil Gaiman
Ray Bradbury
David Sedaris
Dorothy Parker
Hunter S. Thompson

First book you remember buying at a bookstore?

Ramona and Her Father, by Beverly Cleary. It was one of my favorite books, and I always related to Ramona—never fitting in and always messing up everything. I reread it again as an adult recently and was surprised to realize that it was really about kids dealing with a parent suffering from depression and unemployment. I suddenly felt I could identify with Ramona's father as much as with Ramona. It's the mark of a strong book that it still holds up thirty-plus years later.

How old were you when you learned to read?

Five. I read early (for the time) because we didn't have much else to keep us occupied. When I was little, the bookmobile would come and we'd walk to it and fill our bags to bursting and then slowly devour the books. I remember having to limit myself to just a few chapters at a time so I wouldn't run out before the bookmobile made its run back to the country. In a way, I think I'm lucky that we had so little but always had access to books, because it taught me the joy of escaping into other worlds. When I'd run out of books to read, I'd pull out a notebook and write my own stories. Necessity may be the mother of invention, but boredom is the mother of authors.

If you didn't write, what would you do?

Drugs, probably. I use writing as a therapy to help me deal with chronic pain and various fun mental disorders. I used to do art therapy, but my rheumatoid arthritis is so bad now that it's hard to draw sometimes. Writing saved me.

Why should people buy your book?

Because they will feel much better about themselves by comparison. The book is basically a compilation of all the most mortifying moments of my life—and why those moments ended up being the best ones. .. the ones that made me who I am today.

If you could cast the movie of your book, who would play you? Your husband, Victor? Hamlet von Schnitzel?

Mindy Kaling would play me, because we have the same voice. Victor would be Seth Rogen. My dad would be played by Zach Galifianakis. My mom would be Don Cheadle, because I think he has great range.

In your author photo, you're in a bathrobe with a towel and a cat on your head. One of our favorite chapters of the book takes place while you are in the bathroom with (spoiler alert!) your cat on the other side of the door. The other day you tweeted a picture of yourself almost naked. Do you ever wear real clothes? Are you ever more than twenty feet away from your cat?

I was wearing clothes while I was in the bathroom. Who goes to the bathroom naked? How messy is it going to get, for God's sake? Also, I wasn't completely naked in that picture I tweeted. I was wearing a wolf. Technically the wolf was naked, though. And no, I'm never more than twenty feet away from my cat. Mostly because my cat has separation anxiety. Ferris Mewler will probably go on tour with me. He'll be the naked one in the cat suit.

The tagline for your book is "For every intellectual misfit." But if you're such a misfit, how do you explain that you have 200,000 followers on Twitter?

There are lots of misfits out there. For every one person who reads my stuff and identifies, there are a hundred others who don't get it at all and who also loved high school and can't wait to pay their taxes and go to jury duty. They probably also never show up on the news mostly naked. I feel sorry for those people.

Where is Beyoncé right now?

He's in the backyard, but a windstorm knocked him over. Victor keeps going to the window and yelling, "CHICKEN DOWN," but neither of us has the strength to go pick Beyoncé up. So now we're just pretending that he's sleeping. He looks totally peaceful.

You've invited us over for dinner—thank you, we'd love to come. What should we expect when we walk in the door of your house? What should we wear? What will we eat? And will it be good?

Honestly? You'll be greeted by a life-sized Marie Antoinette, in the form of a parade-float statue, and a three-story haunted dollhouse. We'll eat sandwiches from the gas station nearest us because I can't cook, and then I'll make us homemade booze snow-cones. Then I'll have a panic attack and hide in the bathroom, but I'll invite you to join me. Black tie optional. IT WILL BE AMAZING.

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  • Posted April 17, 2012

    BUY THIS BOOK!

    No, seriously, if you want to laugh harder than you've ever laughed before in your life you need to read this book. Jenny Lawson AKA The Bloggess may not be the most important person ever, but she knows how to tell a story.

    This book is highly enjoyable, fast-paced, and hard to put down.

    49 out of 61 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 19, 2012

    not quite as good as I anticipated it to be.

    I 'liked' this book…I think Jenny is a good writer. I have enjoyed her Blog--The Bloggess, for quite awhile. There were some very wonderful vignettes in the pages of her book. I love the tales of childhood, her husband, odd family greatly peppered with her 'drunken sailor' mouth but there were a few things lacking….such as the footnotes….uugh…. way to many references to her 'next book' and the leading you in paragraphs…such as …'don't read this if you don’t like_________, I'm there I bought/got the book..don't spend your or my time talking me out of it. Also (and I am going to blame the editors on this one) there were chapters that, as a reader, were clearly out of order. I guess I wanted MORE. Funny- yes…but somehow lacking, I thought it would be much MUCH more than her blog, but it is in effect mostly just a rehash of posts that I have already read. My recommendation is read her blog..and then if you want the stories that are there put into print, then buy the book. There is more than just the blog vignettes but, all in all, not quite as good as I anticipated it to be.

    39 out of 49 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 12, 2012

    Funny book, except the F Bombs were totally distracting

    I think Jenny Lawson is a tremendously talented and funny writer, and really wanted to read her this book. After getting bogged down with all the F Bombs, I just gave up. How can someone so incredibly talented and full of imagination keep falling back to one tacky, obnoxious word? Jenny, you're so much better a writer than to need the constant, repetitive F Bombs littering this otherwise hysterically funny book.

    37 out of 56 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Ehhh

    Im sorry to say that I cant even get past 30 pages of this book. I was led in by promises of Tina Fey and David Sedaris but she is neither. It's incoherent and tries a little too hard to be funny, kind of like Cougar Town. I commend her for all the positive reviews but it wasnt for me.

    28 out of 53 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 20, 2012

    Let's pretend I never read this.

    Let's pretend I never read this.

    28 out of 103 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 27, 2012

    Laughed so hard I almost hurt myself

    So. funny. I. almost. passed. out. laughing. Seriously, saw spots. Another time, I woke my husband up in bed cause I was suddenly braying like a donkey. Warning: Don't read next to a sleeping partner.

    23 out of 28 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 20, 2012

    I Also Recommend:

    A little bizarre and vulgar in places but over all hilarious! Wh

    A little bizarre and vulgar in places but over all hilarious! What an unusual life and strange childhood. They say most comedians come from an unhappy childhood or suffer an overwhelming shyness or some kind of affliction that they hide the pain behind their outrageous sense of humor in order to survive. She doesn’t feel sorry for herself, which I find terribly honorable. She accepts and moves on and doesn’t sit on her “pity potty”. This is one to keep on your bookshelf, ready to read again when you need a good dose of “pick me up” medicine! I loved this!!

    21 out of 25 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2012

    Hilarious

    Couldnt put it down. Jennys way with story telling is unique and entertaining. If you dont laugh out loud- and often- you were probably a cheerleader.

    You're welcome.

    19 out of 23 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 27, 2012

    Awful. Just awful.

    I had a terrible time reading this book. I stopped on page 84. I wish I could get a refund, it is that bad. The author drones on and on about her drug use, in an awkward way that is not funny but makes you uncomfortable, like you want to slip her a business card for either a therapist or Dr. Drew.

    I purchased it because Jen Lancaster, whose work I love, had recommended it. If you are doing the same, I would recommend you re-think it. It is not worth purchasing, as it is not humorous nor is it interesting.

    15 out of 27 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 25, 2012

    HYSTERICAL!!!!

    Jenny Lawson is hysterical! I first read her blog about Beyonce and was so excited to get her book. She totally delivered. I was reading it on a plane and was laughing so hard that people did not know if I was laughing or crying because tears were rolling down my face. Cannot wait for the next one!

    15 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 18, 2012

    more from this reviewer

    Book Review (ARC) Before reading this book, I’d only heard

    Book Review (ARC)
    Before reading this book, I’d only heard of Jenny Lawson through one of the stories she posted. After reading this book, you had better believe I have her site, The Bloggess, bookmarked and am reading it often. This chick is freaking hilarious. Somehow she survived her childhood filled with wild animals that were brought home, both dead and alive, and she lived to tell the tale. It’s not just the circumstances she is thrown into or puts herself into, or just her outlook on things; it’s the combination of all of these things that makes the stories so funny. I feel for her husband, having to endure such strange conversations with Jenny, but at the same time I envy him because she is definitely keeping him on his toes and keeping their lives interesting. I laughed so hard I was crying only 30 pages or so into the book. An OCD raccoon will do that to a girl.

    I’ve already pushed this book onto one of our other reviewers and reiterated some of the stories to the other reviewers. No one is safe. I’ll be buying a copy of this book to reread when I need a laugh and also because the ARC version I read didn’t have the pictures that were referred to in the stories. Some of those you can see in the book trailer, but I think rereading it with the pictures intact will somehow make me able to give a 6 out of 5 rating instead of 5/5. Yep. She’s that funny.

    Reviewed by Jessica for Book Sake.

    12 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 23, 2012

    Funny in an ADD sort of way

    I love reading Jenny's blogs, and I will admit to fits of hysterical laughter at times (look up Beyonce the metal chicken), so I couldnt wait to read her book. She's just as funny, but I can still feel the editor's influence. The longer prose just didn't come across quite as side-splittingly funny as her blogs. These stories are things that can only happen to Jenny, so I loved getting to see more into her world. Sometimes my OWN mind wandered, so apparently I should just stick to her blogs. A good read that her fans will love.

    11 out of 11 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 31, 2011

    VeryExcited

    I am a big fan of Jenny Lawson. I love her work. Also I love and read The Bloggess like its my job. If this book is anything like her other blogs then im sure it will be in my (and many others) top 5 favorite books.

    10 out of 22 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 22, 2012

    A very funny book, won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you ha

    A very funny book, won't be everyone's cup of tea, but if you have even the slightest twisted sense of humor you will enjoy it! I love "The Blogess" and she is as funny and easy to read here as she is on her blog. What a cast of characters in her life. Love them. Quirky doesn't begin to describe Jenny's life. Looking for a fun quick read, then you'll enjoy this book. I did...a lot!

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 4, 2012

    Stinker of the year

    Pointless and obscene ramblings better suited for a low budget comedy club and only after several adult beverages to numb the sensibilities. Doln't waste your money on this mindlessly crass book who's author cannot complet a sentence without the "F" word. Save your time for an author with a larger vocabulary and an interesting story.

    8 out of 14 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 11, 2012

    Hilarious! I had only ever read one post by The Bloggess (Copern

    Hilarious!
    I had only ever read one post by The Bloggess (Copernicus the monkey. Google him) before buying this book. I have never done such a good job picking out a book before. I laughed until I cried. Such a great and funny read. She tries a little hard to be silly in some places but her inner dialogue in situations, fantastic. Loved it!

    7 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 21, 2012

    If you can appreciate the absurdities of life BUY THIS BOOK!!

    I became a fan of the bloggess in 2009 and have been laughing and laughing through tears with her ever since. If you have ever laughed at something wildly inappropriate, or just laughed instead of cried at something in your life, then this book is for you. Jenny makes her readers feel like they are friends accompanying her on this very strange trip. You will not be dissapointed!!

    7 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 21, 2012

    You have to love a book that can have you laughing out loud one

    You have to love a book that can have you laughing out loud one moment and crying the next. Also, if an author has enough of a sense of humor to see a negative review as a positive thing, that's enough to endear them to me. When Jenny saw that someone said her friends would probably burn the book, she proudly declared that it's "Perfect for book burnings."

    6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 18, 2012

    Worth the wait

    So happy this book exists. Yay!

    6 out of 13 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2012

    Love love love

    Get ready to laugh out loud. Disturb the neighbors. Follow your husband around the house reading page after page. And feel as though your life is totally normal. Can't wait for book 2!

    5 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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