Suburgatory lampoons the absurdities and contradictions that Linda Keenan has witnessed since leaving New York City, where she was a thoroughly urban CNN news producer for seven years, and settling down as a hapless stay-at-home suburban mother. The original proposal for this book was picked up by Warner Brothers, and you can see their imagining of Suburgatory on the ABC show of the same title. Keenan was forced by the man in her life to leave her beloved New York City for a supposed suburban utopia. Instead she found herself trapped in a place where conformity is king, and where she often felt like she had been taken hostage by an adult Girl Scout troop. So Keenan decided to train her twisted reporter's eye on the strange inhabitants of this new foreign land. Thought of as a local town newspaper or website, Suburgatory excoriatesthrough satirical local "news stories"the mostly upper middle class American pieties and parenting obsessions, targeting the all-around bad behavior raging underneath the surface of those obsessively tended suburban lawns and bikini lines.
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About the Author
Linda Erin Keenan spent 7 years as a CNN senior producer/head-writer for top anchors including Anderson Cooper, Aaron Brown, Willow Bay, Stuart Varney, and Lou Dobbs, during 9/11, the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, the Dot Com rise and fall, several key national elections, and the New York City Blackout. It was 9/11 that pushed her to re-evaluate her 24-7 lifestyle, eventually trading it all in for baby and suburbia. Since then she's trained her reporter's eye on the subversive side of her new, very foreign environment and its strange inhabitants: the hyper-parents, wannabe swingers, crypto-racists, barely-there dads, power-mad principals. Her first-person essays have appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, The Huffington Post, and Burbia.com.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Quirky, kooky fun. In this collection, Linda Erin Keenan explores life in the suburbs in a series of "articles" that encapsulate the many interactions she had after her move. Her writing is funny and the book is laughing. The show is very different from the book, but you can a lot of the ABC series in this book and vice versa. I definitely recommend it!