Raised in Manhattan by her overprotective sex-therapist mother (who wore “nine inches of shoulder pads”), Wendy Spero has always sought excitement in microthrills, the small, strange highs that give her life meaningfrom finding a strip tease video of her grandmother to selling knives door-to-door. As a little girl, Spero passed the time sniffing fruit-scented markers and breaking up arguments between her imaginary friends. As an adult, in her first office job, she formed an unusual relationship with her boss that involved as much marijuana-smoking as it did mentoring. Called “a profoundly funny human being” by Time Out New York, Spero is now a comedian living in L.A., grappling with such grown-up issues as trying to kick her addiction to eating candy in bed and learning how to drive.
|Publisher:||Penguin Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.24(w) x 7.78(h) x 0.60(d)|
|Age Range:||18 Years|
About the Author
Wendy Spero is an award-winning comedian and actress, and author and performer of the acclaimed one-woman show Who's Your Daddy?. She has been featured on NPR, Comedy Central, VHI, and NBC, and in The New Yorker. She has written for Esquire and The New York Times.
Table of Contents
Welcome to the Microcosmos xi
Shoulder Padded Muuutual Masturbation 1
Einstein, the Filmmaker 8
Live-in Sidekicks 24
E.T. and OCD 41
A Day in the Life of a Spero Hydra 52
Me, Mom, and Him 67
An Emotional Outlet 75
Vertical Halloweens 83
The Hippo and the Tortoise 92
The Traveling Monchhichis 102
Leaving the Lower Math Group 108
The Pull of Lycra 118
Molly Ringwald or Ally Sheedy? 128
Neopragmatic Hegemonic Paradigms 134
Free Spatulas 143
Apt. 6C 151
How Cool Is My Mom? 163
Why I Ended Up Buying the Most Hideously Bulbous Down Jacket of All Time 167
It's Not You, It's Me 177
Sticky Affairs 182
A Wedding Announcement 190
Stranger Bonding 195
Mom's Big Break 202
Mini Driver 221
What People are Saying About This
MICROTHRILLS was a series of micro-orgasms for me, not only in my funny bone, but throughout my brain. I love the magical minutiae of the way Wendy Spero's mind works. This book will be loved, loved, loved by all. (co-executive producer, Six Feet Under; author, Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants)
Spero takes you inside her tiny, hilarious world with a brazen vulnerability that is the rare province of truly great humorists.... David Sedaris watch your back! (Ed Helms, The Daily Show)
Reading MICROTHRILLS is like breathing air -- it feels natural. You don't feel yourself reading. Wendy Spero paints a world both familiar and unique -- so specific that you feel implanted in her moments. What I'm trying to say is I really liked it. And I'm trying to say it in a hoity-toity way.
Funny and touching and insightful. Microthrills is all about the little highlights of lifeand by the first chapter, I knew it was going to be a highlight of my reading year. (A. J. Jacobs, author, The Know-It-All)
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
A friend who knows how much I love David Sedaris sent me this book and said, "I think you'll like it." And I did. I didn't laugh out loud like I do at Sedaris's writing, but it was funny. Spero writes a lot about her relationship with her mother and about her OCD. I don't know why OCD is funny. I mean, I guess just in and of itself, it isn't. It's crippling, really. But when Spero writes about it, it is funny. She's also got a pretty funny essay about learning to drive, and a sweet one about being a completely incompetent office administrator.Would I recommend this book? If you're a fan of authors like David Sedaris, Sarah Vowell, David Rakoff, and the like, yeah, I would. It's not the best book I've read all year, but it was a fun read.
Really quirky memoir by a comedienne. One thing I am certain: the audio experience, read by the author, is much more intense than print (though I did not "read" the book myself).
The book was amusing to a point in the beginning but got rather redundent quickly.
Microthrills is fun to read, but not just fun. It's also very touching. Spero has a fresh, off beat humor and an attention to detail that is simply awesome. Really smart bookl.
Wendy Spero's book, aptly named Microthrills, is a tour-de-force of comedy and wit that follows suit of such modern day writers as Augusten Burroughs (Running With Scissors) and David Sedaris (Me Talk Pretty One Day), yet carries with it the same smart humor as Ellen DeGeneres (My Point and I Do Have One), the flare and relatable intellect of Ann LaMott (Bird by Bird), and even the sentimentality of Jennifer Weiner (Good In Bed). However, in all honesty, comparing Spero to anyone is unjust, because her voice is unique, her stories literally jump out of the page unlike any other, and her humor is contagious. This is, by far, the funniest, wittiest, sweetest, and strangest (in a good way) book I've read in a long, long time. Microthrills is a humorous collection of Spero's memoirs, detailing her life growing up in New York City. What makes this book so unique is that she will take absolute minutiae and write an entire chapter on it, but by the end of the chapter, you really feel invested in what new finger-puppets she has, or what kind of home- video her Grandpa will make next. The book is not only pee-in-your-pants funny (note: you may want to carry around an extra pair of jeans while you are reading it, just in case), but it's also sentimental, and its only downfall is that you may be disappointed when you're done with a story and you look up and neither Wendy nor her mom are there in your living room, arms outstretched, ready for the hug that you really really want to give them. This is that book that you finish and you are disappointed that you read it so quickly (yet you won't be able to put it down). When I recovered from finishing Microthrills, I passed it on to my Mom, who, at let's-just-say 'retirement' age, ate up every single page with as much hunger for the next as I'd anticipated. Microthrills is not only for 20 and 30-somethings...it's for their moms and dads, too. Written with honesty and verve, Microthrills is about a young woman's journey through hilarious obstacles and humbling lessons, tracking her life from childhood to young adulthood. Spero effectively communicates the stories unabashedly and somehow makes you believe she is speaking directly to you, her life-long-friend. Having never had the opportunity to see Spero's one-woman-show of which this book is based, I do not feel, in the least, slighted. The book speaks for itself and is a stand-alone comic masterpiece that will surely mark Wendy Spero as a humor writer and fresh personality for years to come.
I read Microthrills during a recent memoir bender and it immediately rose to the top of the stack. Wendy graciously eschews all the teeth-gritting conventions of â¿¿wacky female memoir by a totally wacky female who youâ¿¿re really gonna think is a nutball, whoa!â¿ Wendy is both honest and honestly funny. This book will make you happy. Read it in the bathtub.