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It's a fairly unusual occurrence for a book to inspire us to skip through the halls of our offices, quoting lines to each other and collapsing in laughter. But this one did the trick. Cynthia Kaplan's collection of heartfelt and sidesplittingly funny autobiographical essays takes a razor-sharp look at the memories of her life: her eccentric grandparents, her adolescent growing pains, her early work experiences, her marriage, and the birth of her child. In so doing, this first-time author has managed a rare feat: to revisit those universally painful life events that once made us cringe or cry, and make us laugh instead.
Let's see, there's the time when a boy she liked "asked me to rub sun block onto his back…. Had I this moment to live again, I would have offered to apply the sun block later, in private, with my tongue." Pining for the boy, Cindy loved him "like a dog loves a bone." But she asks herself, "Why do they do that? There's no meat left on it. Is it wishful thinking? Is it the idea that meat was there once and maybe it will be there again one day, or is it just nostalgia? Oh, that meat was good, remember that meat? Nummy, nummy, nummy."
Why I'm like This is a lovingly rendered tribute to "the myriad facets that make all our lives the magical, crazy, infuriatingly wonderful mysteries they are," and Kaplan's refreshingly individualistic, indiosyncratic way of looking at -- and living in -- the world will delight readers of every ilk. (Summer 2002 Selection)