My (not so) Storybook Life: A Tale of Friendship and Faith

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Fresh, funny, and poignant, My (not so) Storybook Life is old-fashioned humor mashed with literary spoofery. Elizabeth thinks of herself and her husband, Matt, as a modern-day Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Together they’ve endured paint-color mishaps, sewage disasters, pest infestations, and a schnauzer that poops at tornado sirens. It’s hardly the domestic perfection a young Liz imagined while reading Anne of Green Gables and Pride and Prejudice. Could it be that these literary ...
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Overview

Fresh, funny, and poignant, My (not so) Storybook Life is old-fashioned humor mashed with literary spoofery. Elizabeth thinks of herself and her husband, Matt, as a modern-day Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Together they’ve endured paint-color mishaps, sewage disasters, pest infestations, and a schnauzer that poops at tornado sirens. It’s hardly the domestic perfection a young Liz imagined while reading Anne of Green Gables and Pride and Prejudice. Could it be that these literary stalwarts had led her astray?

Liz tells the story of her own path to happiness, along the way seeking revenge on her literary heroes: Jo March has to cope with a soul-sucking job, Elizabeth Bennett shepherds a Duggar-size brood of kids, and Anne Shirley deals with a penny-pinching husband. But every comedy is balanced by tragedy. Angela was one of Liz’s closest friends, a kindred spirit who, at age thirty-one, was diagnosed with cancer. Before Angela, Liz was discontented. But it was the journey she took with this friend that made her realize that her house and its decorations and plumbing and dirty-clothes-covered Man Cave were not burdens to be tweaked and perfected, but blessings to be thankful for.

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"Heart-touchingly sweet and tender as any powerful story of friendship and faith should be."—Ronda Rich, author of What Southern Women Know About Faith and What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should) "You owe it to yourself to sit for a spell with Elizabeth Owen's frank, funny, and thoroughly unforgettable memoir."—Deborah Ford, author of The GRITS Guide to Life and Bless His Heart "This book totally makes me want to hang out with Elizabeth Owen and eat her terrible cookies."—Elizabeth Beckwith, author of Raising the Perfect Child through Guilt and Manipulation "Owen takes us on a hilarious, heartwrenching and decidedly modernized literary journey through the joys and woes of homeownership, marriage and friendship. You'll love as she cleverly juxtaposes your favorite literary giants from days of yore with modern-life experiences. Owen is everywoman through the ages. Anne (of Green Gables) would be proud."—Jenny Gardiner, author of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver and Slim to None
Deborah Ford
You owe it to yourself to sit for a spell with Elizabeth Owen’s frank, funny, and thoroughly unforgettable memoir.
Elizabeth Beckwith
This book totally makes me want to hang out with Elizabeth Owen and eat her terrible cookies.
Jenny Gardiner
Owen takes us on a hilarious, heart-wrenching and decidedly modernized literary journey through the joys and woes of homeownership, marriage and friendship. You’ll love as she cleverly juxtaposes your favorite literary giants from days of yore with modern-life experiences. Owen is everywoman through the ages. Anne (of Green Gables) would be proud.
Ronda Rich
Heart-touchingly sweet and tender as any powerful story of friendship and faith should be.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762773572
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
  • Publication date: 10/18/2011
  • Edition description: First Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 256
  • Sales rank: 1,250,066
  • Product dimensions: 5.90 (w) x 7.60 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Elizabeth Owen is an office drone and freelance writer. Herblog, Mabel’s House (http://mabelshouse.blogspot.com/) averages more than 20,000 visits per monthand has been featured on numerous occasions on Apartment Therapy and Design Sponge.Her articles and projectshave appeared inBetter Homes and GardensandAt Home in Arkansas.
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  • Posted February 7, 2012

    witty, original, touching and hysterical!

    As soon as I started reading My (not so) Storybook Life, I knew it was one of those books that I would not want to put down until I was finished. But then as I neared the end, I made myself slow down because I didn't want it to be over! I knew it was going to be funny and clever, but I had no idea that it would be so deep and sentimental. The literary allusions were great because it took me back to when I read all of those great classics and made me want to re-read them. It had everything I would want in a book, Liz is so incredibly talented, she can make you blush with embarrassment or shame because she actually said the thing you would never admit, but deep down you know that it's true! Then make you laugh out loud with the details of her Lucille Ball-channeling antics. But it also has sweet and touching moments that really make you stop and examine your own inner thoughts and even your belief system. She touches on some pretty serious subjects in this book, but then knows how to bring you back to a smile. She knows how to put just enough of each dimension into her writing to not overdo any one sentiment. I enjoyed every part of this book and I am hoping she writes another one really soon! I know Anne (of Green Gables) would approve ;-)

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