Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations

Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations

by Jill Kargman

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ISBN-13: 9780062007193
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 02/01/2011
Pages: 175
Product dimensions: 5.30(w) x 7.20(h) x 0.90(d)

About 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.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

1 Glossary 1

2 Things That Haunt Me 7

3 Babysitters from Hizznell 23

4 Weird Science (Minus Kelly LeBrock) 37

5 Wednesday Addams in Barbietown 49

6 Tea with Dracula 63

7 I Am a Gay Man Trapped in a Woman's Body 69

8 Everybody's Gotta Start Somewhere 75

9 Obsessed/Detest 85

10 A Letter to My Crappy One-Bedroom 89

11 My Vagina Is the Holland Tunnel 101

12 My Top Ten Most Blush-Inducing Moments of Motherhood (Thus Far) 115

13 Proposal to Essie Nail Color: New Names! 123

14 Right Address, Wrong Apartment 125

15 Thirty-four and Holding 135

16 Tumor Humor 147

17 Putting the Ass in Aspen 155

18 Spinagogue 163

Acknowledgments 173

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Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 42 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
Anonymous 7 months ago
I’m typically not a fan of “funny” books, the humor often seems forced, but this one cracks me up. I also rarely reread a book, this one will be an exception. I loved it!
icedream on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I love a book that makes me laugh out loud and this one really delivers. Jill Kargman's essay's belong up there with other favorites such as Laurie Notaro and Jen Lancaster. My only concern for readers is that they aren't offended by profanity and that they can recognize sarcasm and apprciate it. I wish the book was twice as long and hope Kargman brings us another collection and soon!
CDianeK on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut is razor-sharp, clever, and sometimes downright hysterical group of essays from Jill Kargman. She drives by and grabs hold of topics like childhood babysitters, her in-laws, her family and her illness. In all of them, through the humor, you can also see some profound thinking, and some sweetness where it's not expected. Her ode to one of her homes was, while hysterically profound and clever, also very well done.I didn't mind the profanity - which was prolific - at all; however I was slightly put-off by the textspeak and the slang used. As always in this case, that says more about me than its user, but it did kind of pull me out of the stories at times. Nevertheless, this was a very fast read - I read it in a single half-shift on a slow night, and well worth holding onto to revisit later, which I rarely do. Well done.
bearette24 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I had some trepidation about this book because Jill Kargman has only written fiction before, and I didn't know if her foray into nonfic would work. It did. She writes very funny essays about her family's bad luck with babysitters, her crummy one-bedroom apartment (post break-up), her struggles with Momzillas (which also sparked the idea for her novel), a Passover that was truly not like any other, and spin class. Some may find her style to be TMI, but if you enjoyed her other books, you will find this funny and endearing as well.
matamgirl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I found the chapter on the neurotic babysitters to be one of the funniest things I've read in a long time. Also the competitive child-rearing is something that a lot of my friends with children complain about. Overall this was very amusing.
metermaid1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Sometimes I Feel Like A Nut, is filled with the hilarious musings of Jill Kargman. I often found myself laughing out loud and having to read passages to others so that they could share in the laughter with me. Kargman writes in a stream-of-consciousness style that makes for highly entertaining reading. Recommended to anyone looking for a quick and funny read.
librarygrrrl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Kargman is utterly hysterical in this collection of essays. As a non-Jewish, non-New Yorker, I admit to being a little lost when she made assumptions about her readers' knowledge of both topics. That said, I still laughed out loud when reading this. Many times. Thumbs up!
vasquirrel on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Only a few essays in, I almost put this book down and walked away. As someone who, I must point out, was never afraid to employ colorful language (read, the F-bomb), I really felt that Kargman was trying to shock the reader with how "hip" and in-your-face she could be. But, I weathered on and started to think she really has something unique to say, and the majority of her offerings here are very well written. Not too many cliche setups, either. All in all -- a decent quick read.
LisaMa321 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I really enjoyed this book. A short collection of essays, Kargman shares tales from her childhood to the present in a witty, but slightly off-color essays. If you are easily offended by tough language and descriptive images, this may not be the book for you. I, however, enjoy that and was really humored by this book. Full of pop culture references and self-deprecation, Kargman writes in a style similar to Jen Lancaster, another memoir writer. I wish this book could have been longer!
acornell on LibraryThing 8 months ago
We don't laugh as much as we used to. Everything seems so serious. The right hates the left; the left hates the right. The media hates everyone and Seinfeld hasn't been on the air in 10 years. I received Jill Kargman's new book "Sometimes you Feel lime a Nut" and raced through it. Parts are laugh out loud funny, parts are funny because it could totally happen to you, and every chapter reminded me of someone I knew. It was a generally chronologically organized book, almost memoirish in a way. She writes of her babysitters and her high school days. She talks about her first job and apartment and meeting her husband. I totally loved the parts about momzillas (we have them in Indiana too) and the fantastic-weird seder she attended in Aspen. I think the real complaint is that it felt like there could have been more, more, more. It was such a fast read, I feel like i was just beginning to settle in an enjoy Ms Kargman's voice when it was all over.I had never heard of her before this little book, now I see that she has quite a few other works out there. I will enjoy exploring those as well. If you need a laugh or two and have an evening to spare, this is your book. (She gets a PG-13 for language--if that sort of thing bothers you, consider yourself warned.)
rastaphrog on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This is a GREAT book! Filled with essays dealing with her life from her childhood to the present, Jill looks at her life in one of the best ways someone can, with humor! I was laughing so often that I had to put the book down a few times. Jills drawings to accompany some of the essays make the words on the page even better.Be forewarned tho, she uses some "salty" language, net speak, and abbreviations that would seem more suitable to a teenager than a woman her age. I've seen other reviews that complained about that, but I personally found it made the book more enjoyable.
goldnyght on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Wow. I would love to say I was bowled over by the humor in this book, but really I was just amazed at the amount of profanity and the usage of teen-like slang. The stories underneath were good, but I had a hard time getting past a woman who is presumably in her 30s at least dropping F bombs at least twice a paragraph (among other obscenities) and using such lovely language as "Natch" (meaning "naturally").
SilversReviews on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Perfect title for this book....the stories were definitely nutty. Events from childhood, college, and beyond...the stories just kept coming. Jill told stories about everyday happenings and her likes and dislikes....imagine having gasoline as your favorite smell. Once it was mentioned, her observations and memories had you recalling a story about yourself and a similar situation. The glossary at the beginning of the book was quite funny and set the tone. My favorite section was titled Obsessed/Detest...and Yes...I did google ¿teratomas¿....Page 85 :) The brief sections were funny and creative and talked about circumstances that we hate to happen, but they do. My obsession with cohesion in a book made it slightly challenging to read, but if you enjoy little vignettes compared to a full plot you will take pleasure in each of the stories. The little drawings added to the book's hilarity as well. The book will definitely make you laugh. I really enjoyed it, but I did have one objection....the use of a certain word. My rating is 4/5 only because of my preference to a full plot. Happy Laughing.
stephivist on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was just an okay book for me. Like some of the other reviewers, I found the use of slang tiring¿it made it seem like the author was just trying too hard. I did enjoy several of the essays though. So overall, I don¿t feel like I wasted my time reading this, but I probably wouldn¿t pick it up again.
BarbsReviews on LibraryThing 8 months ago
My 2 cents: I have to say this book was quite interesting. It was better then I thought it would be. I never laughed out loud so much to any other book. Jill has a way with her writing, you don't want to put the book down for a minute. You would be afraid of missing something too funny. My favorite part was the van, she hates vans and wait till you read why. I highly recommend this read you will hate to miss this one.
curvymommy on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was a fun and quick read, with personal stories in the vein of Laurie Notaro and Jen Lancaster, two of my favorite authors. And as a mom of 3 kids, I could definitely identify with many of these essays, several of which made me laugh out loud. However, as many of the earlier reviewers have mentioned, the constant use of slang became really annoying. Curse words don't bother me at all. But, as a grown woman, why was the author trying to speak like a teenager? It wasn't cute, and it quickly became not funny. Aiight? Vom? Natch? Froke? I felt like I was reading essays from "Seventeen" magazine.
lesliecp on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I read this book in an afternoon. It's a quick, light read that will keep you laughing. For me, however, the book had one fatal flaw. I found the use of slang and text message expressions really irritating to the point where I wanted to throw the book across the room. Jill Kargman is funny without having to resort to gimmicks and sloppy writing.
tammychristine on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I read this book a while back and I'm still unsure how to review it. My favorite essay was "Babysitters form Hizznell". It was very funny, due more to the situations than the telling of the tale. The use of slang seemed inconsistent. But she really lost me on "Spinagogue" and "Thirty -four and Holding", they were both boring. She is not cooler that Don Henley and who doesn't find clowns and a certain type of vans creepy?!?!
agirlandherbooks on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Finally, a female writer who curses as much as I do (the F word is freely batted about), hates Don Henley for a very good reason, and fears clowns. Jill Kargman is a funny, funny woman who minces no words about her struggles growing up (a teacher accused her of making up her favorite smell), the succession of bad babysitters she and her brother endured (her mother caught one porking the doorman) and the kickass attitudes of her kids (her older daughter chose to slither down the fireman's pole rather than the slide during preschool graduation "like a total badass"). Kargman loves her parents, brother, husband and kids, but she doesn't gloss over the bad stuff. She remembers her first awful apartment, an unforgiveably rude brush-off from Don Henley (an egomaniac with a stick up his ass) and living with a newborn in an apartment that was once a bordello ("Hi, the password is four-one-one"). She remembers trying to use tampons rather than pads ("I felt like I was being raped by Raggedy Andy's cotton cock") and makes no apologies for hating clowns. In short, she's an easy gal to love.
Camellia1 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This was an excellent book. I just had a new baby, and Kargman's short, funny essays were perfect for reading during early morning feedings. There were only two problems: sometimes I laughed so much I woke up the baby as she was falling back asleep, and the book was too short - it only lasted for a couple of nights. My favorite essays were the ones where she described life as a mother, but all of them were worth reading.
BookAngel_a on LibraryThing 8 months ago
I requested a review copy of this book because I love essays, I love humor writing, and the author shares my terror of clowns. Jill Kargman is a busy wife, mother, and writer who lives in New York City. In these essays, she discusses (among other things) babysitters, tiny apartments with rats, getting cancer, giving birth, blush-inducing motherhood moments, her love of gasoline smell, bad teachers, and the above mentioned fear of clowns. Oh, and did I mention she includes her own sketches?While in school, she did not fit in with the pretty, popular girls, which she discusses in the essay "Wednesday Addams in Barbietown". Awesome title.This woman is funny and wacky and she reminds me of someone who would be fun to hang out with. However, her language got on my nerves. First of all, there's a lot of profanity in this book. Do not read this if that bothers you. Also, she uses words that seem...immature. For example: suh-in'('something'), beyotch, text message abbreviations like OMG, or worse, OMMFG. I did not expect this from a writer of Ms. Kargman's caliber, and I found it 'grating' at times throughout this book.
amaryann21 on LibraryThing 8 months ago
Jill Kargman is funny, sarcastic and uses her wit like a razor. I flew through this small collection of essays, feeling at times there was a little too much dark to make this book a success. The last story about spinning class, seemingly intended to be uplifting, ended too abruptly for me, and the tone was too scattered. I was left feeling like Kargman hasn't completely found her voice yet.
cinnamonowl on LibraryThing 8 months ago
This book comes with a disclaimer (from me)- if you are uncomfortable reading books with strong sometimes crude language and humor, this book is not for you. And I realize that is more of a warning than a disclaimer. Kargman is hysterically funny to me, but I know that not everyone enjoys reading certain words or about certain situations. So I want to put that out there.Kargman's book made me laugh out loud - I mentioned on another post that I had to put this book down until my husband got home, just so I could share the funny parts with him. I am sure he thought I was a nut, amid my giggles, trying to read the sentence. But he is used to it. Her hatred of Nellie Oleson almost had me hyperventilating. I was a huge Little House fan, and I really disliked Nellie too. And her descriptions of momzillas, I feel I have met those women, and yes, they are frightening. There are a few parts that are not meant to be funny, but reflective, such as the chapter where Kargman writes a letter to her apartment, which was sort of like her cocoon for a bit, and gave her the space to grow and change; but the chapter where she talks about how vanity saves her life is my favorite. Her never give up, I am going to get what I want attitude regarding botox led her to a startling discovery, that really did save her life. I loved this book, although I do not recommend it for everyone.
nightprose on LibraryThing 8 months 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!