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Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations

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by Jill Kargman

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Demonstrating Woody Allen's magical math equation, comedy = tragedy + time, a sensational collection of witty essays about life, love, hate, kids, work, school, and more from the author of The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Arm Candy

Jill Kargman is a mother, wife, and writer living the life in New York City . . . a life that


Demonstrating Woody Allen's magical math equation, comedy = tragedy + time, a sensational collection of witty essays about life, love, hate, kids, work, school, and more from the author of The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Arm Candy

Jill Kargman is a mother, wife, and writer living the life in New York City . . . a life that includes camping out in a one-bedroom apartment with some unfortunate (and furry) roommates, battling the Momzillas of Manhattan, and coming to terms with her desire for gay men. In this entertaining collection of observations, Kargman offers her unique, wickedly funny perspective as she zips around Manhattan with three kids in tow.

Kargman tackles issues big and small with sharp wit and laugh-out-loud humor: her love of the smell of gasoline, her new names for nail polishes, her adventures in New York City real estate, and her fear of mimes, clowns, and other haunting things. Whether it's surviving a family road trip or why she can't stand Cirque du So Lame, living with a mommy vagina the size of the Holland Tunnel or surviving the hell that was her first job out of college, Kargman's nutty self triumphs, thanks to a wonderfully wise outlook and sense of fun that makes the best of everything that gets thrown her way. And if that's not enough, Kargman illustrates her reflections with doodles that capture her refreshing voice.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Novelist Kargman (Arm Candy) mines the typical pitfalls of life in New York City and unfortunately only unearths a few gems. Few chronicles of life in Manhattan are complete without a rant about rotten apartments, but "A Letter to My Crappy One-Bedroom" is, surprisingly, one of the highlights. Kargman sheds her colloquial shtick—which begins to grate early as the writing feels less like prose and more like recorded casual conversation—and allows herself an emotional connection to the subject matter. Humor plays an obvious role in Kargman's life and in many of the essays. Sometimes it's spot-on ("Babysitters from Hizznell" and "My Vagina Is the Holland Tunnel"), but at other times it falls flat ("Things That Haunt Me"), often because the subject matter simply isn't anything readers haven't seen before. When she uses humor to serve a larger purpose—such as in "Tumor Humor," when she recounts her diagnosis at age 35 with a rare form of skin cancer and the ensuing surgery to remove the tumor—or even to highlight the wackier moments of motherhood, Kargman is at her best. But she struggles to maintain a steady rhythm throughout a collection that doesn't always deliver. (Feb.)
Los Angeles Times
“Please welcome the new David Sedaris, not that the old one is broken or anything. It’s just that Jill Kargman, in her first book of essays, provides the same gut-splitting reading pleasure.”
Harper's Bazaar
“Jill Kargman’s hilarious observations…will resonate with women everywhere.”
The Daily Beast
“Edgy, addictive, and relatable.”
New York Journal of Books
“With her sense of irony and humor, Ms. Kargman laughs at moments others might cry over…Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut is more than funny, more than insightful and more than a guilty read.”
“Kargman does not fail to deliver in yet another tragically comedic book . . . With stick figure doodlings in the margins to guide you through the hilarity, you’ll be laughing out loud.”
Nate Berkus
“From somebody who shares Jill Kargman’s fear of both vans and clowns, I promise this book will make you laugh out loud.”
Library Journal - BookSmack!
With a warning that her life's philosophy is based on laughter, Kargman (Momzillas; The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund) writes laugh-out-loud hilarious reflections and commentaries, ranging over odd personal phobias and recollections of sex-fiend babysitters to struggles with puberty, college life, dating, marriage, and motherhood. Stand-out moments include an uproarious account of the beginning of her relationship with tampons and the discovery that an apartment in her building was a brothel. Kargman's own stick-figure illustrations add to the lighthearted tone.What I'm Telling My Friends This is not for prudes; it brings the raunch. If you are unaware of slang and/or texting shorthand, you might get pissy. BAMF, for example, is unexplained. Be warned, and don't be pissy at me...or that BAMF Kargman. — "Memoir Short Takes," Booksmack! 2/3/11
Kirkus Reviews

A New York City–based author, mother of three and cancer survivor delivers an outspoken mix of sass and sensibility.

Magazine feature writer and novelist Kargman (The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund, 2009, etc.) truly believes that laughter is the best medicine and, at 36, is happy to share her self-deprecating brand of wisdom. She explains why baked goods, texting and the smell of gasoline are so personally enticing, as opposed to the repulsive qualities of vans, mimes ("I'm so talkative that the mute thing alone wigs me out"), Don Henley and the wacky au pairs entrusted to babysit during her childhood. Life has been adventuresome so far, Kargman admits, from her days as an outcast at a Connecticut boarding school to the irate, micromanaging boss at a pop-culture magazine who aimed a tape dispenser at her head. But her self-doubts pale in comparison to the confusion and humility experienced after being diagnosed with skin cancer at 35. There's also tenderness in the unexpected blind date (arranged by her grandmother Ruth) with a "beyond-adorable, scruffy nugget" named Harry who would become her husband and the father of her children. Some laughs pop with snappy sarcasm while others veer into racy, stand-up comedienne material like sections on Jewish Passover Seders and a midlife crisis–inspired tattoo and handgun license. These over-the-top moments are leavened with more focused playfulness, as when the author writes of her solidarity with gay men, the agony of natural childbirth ("having a bowling ball cruise through a straw"), her disenchantment with office work or, after the birth of her first daughter, the co-mingling sessions with "a breed of hypercompetitive type-A mothers" known as "Momzillas." Cute, rudimentary line drawings pepper a narrative that will incite nods of agreement as Kargman writes that "the ones who live the best obviously aren't the ones with the most money or most successful careers; they're the ones who laugh the most."

A smart, pocket-sized delight that artfully engages the funny bone.

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Meet the Author

Jill Kargman is the New York Times bestselling author of nine books, including The Right Address, Wolves in Chic Clothing, Momzillas, and The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund. Her latest effort is a nationally bestselling book of essays, Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut. She is also a featured writer for Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, and Elle, and a copywriter for her greeting card company, Jill Kargman Etceteras.

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I received this as part of a reader program and almost peed in my pants-- really really fun read
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is an intelligent author, right up humour alley (English spelling Lol) a great book to pick up and put down (if you can) ideal for busy people.... Haven't finished tbh but extremely busy person here and looking into the other writings of this fabulously fun author... love it so far....
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McGuffyAnn More than 1 year ago
Jill Kargman has put together a collection of very funny and unique essays. Her topics of observations range from family and motherhood to things in her basic daily life. Admittedly, Jill has a signature slang-style of speaking/writing. However, she is so entertaining that you can overlook it. She packs quite a bit of humor into a small and easily readable book. This is a book that you will read and probably pass along to a BFF for a chuckle, as well. Enjoy!
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Alla_S More than 1 year ago
In "Sometimes I feel like a nut," author Jill Kargman details the workings of her crazy life as a rebellious teen, New Yorker, and finally a mom. This book is tiny, but pretty hilarious. If Kargman wasn't a novelist, she could probably be a Chelsea Handler-worthy comedian. Her memoir jumps all over the place-including ridiculous things Kargman is afraid of (clowns, vans, etc.), her nutty childhood nannies (my favorite section in the book), her time at a boarding school (she was the one who had to talk her parents into it, instead of the other way around), Jill's first post-college job which was likely to turn even the healthiest person into an anorexic (read: maniac bosses and no food allowed), and her embarrassing forays into motherhood, culminating into stand-offs with Manhattans ambitious "yummy-mummies" and their offspring. Delving into Kargman's life definitely presented some distractions from my own life. If you're looking for a light, distracting read this book more than fits the bill. There's short essays, some outrageous jokes, and a couple of humorous lists. The author is a self-confessed "weirdo" and, as she puts it so endearingly in the introduction, proud of it. Overall, a pretty entertaining read.
Justin__F More than 1 year ago
This book is the perfect read. While the book is obviously witty and funny...it is the openness of the author that is so inspiring. Ms. Kargman really lets us into her world and its a world that many of us can relate to. From living in New York to our first child...these short essays brought me back. JF
grumpydan More than 1 year ago
When in the introduction Ms. Kargman says that her father instilled in her that it isn't the ones who had the most money or the most successful careers that lived the best but it is the ones who laughed the most; I knew I was going to enjoy this book. The book of essays is humorous and off the wall. She touches various subjects like her fear of vans, obsessions, giving birth and being a mother, and her favorite smell. I found myself cracking up at times and sharing bits with my wife. She can be a little vulgar and crass at times (the author, not my wife) and may offend some but I found her a bit nutty.
Julie_M More than 1 year ago
Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut is a fantastic book. I couldn't put it down and finished it in two days. I can't say enough good things about this book. While reading the book, I laughed out loud over and over and over. The book is a great window into Jill's life growing up in Manhattan surrounded by her very interesting family and friends. Needless to say, I was so sorry to reach the end of the book as I could have kept on reading and reading. I look forward to her next book and I wholeheartedly recommend this book to anyone with a sense of humor that enjoys being entertained by a good book.
WednesdayAddamsGL More than 1 year ago
Huge fan of La Femme Jillita- long awaited new book doesn't disappoint -soooooooooo funny! If you're a fan of her other books- this is a Must Add to your collection! Get it now!
Eduardo_Arias More than 1 year ago
I grabbed the book thinking I would read it during my breaks of my 3-day work trip. I read the whole thing in under 3 hours on the plane. I just couldn't stop reading and laughing. It's THAT good. Great material for a movie. Two thumbs up to La Femme Jillita.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Funniest thing I have read in the last 12 months.
KrittersRamblings More than 1 year ago
A snarky good humored comedy written in the form of small essays or short stories. I loved the variety of topics she covered from her childhood to raising her own children. I felt as thought I got to know her a little better and chuckled when I absolutely related to her crazy thoughts. Hoping not to offend anyone - my favorite topic she covered was her love for the gay men community. Now some of you may now, I share her great love for this community. When I lived in my former city of Charlotte, NC, I took up residence with one of my best friends, a boy, who also likes boys. Those two years were beyond fun, exciting and life changing. In short, we had a blast. Walking into a gay bar and being told numerous times how beautiful you were and because welp they thought it, was amazing. Not veering too political or off the book review, I loved this chapter, it hit really close to home. I would pass this book along to the ladies who love a little humor, but don't mind a little language thrown around. Those who are parents and those who aren't headed down that road yet (or ever), this book was a great little laugh.