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I'm Sorry You Feel That Way: The Astonishing But True Story of a Daughter, Sister, Slut, Wife, Mother, and Friend to Man and Dogby Diana Joseph
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Meet the men in Diana Josep‛s life:“The boy” Dian‛s fourteen-year-old son, who supports the NRA and dreams of living in a house with wall-to-wall carpeting; Dian‛s father, wh‛s called her on the telephone twice, ever, and who sat her down when she was twelve to caution her against becoming a slut (she did‛t listen); Dian‛s brothers, or, as her father calls them,“the two asshole”; Dian‛s ex-husband, a lumberjack with three ex-wives, yet h‛s still the first one she calls when sh‛s in a jam; and Dian‛s common-law husband, Al, an English professor wh‛s been mistakenly called mentally challenged. Ostensibly organized around the various men in Dian‛s life, this is really a memoir about what i‛s like to be a modern, smart woman making her way in the world.
"In this bleak, sad and occasionally funny memoir, Joseph (Happy or Otherwise) explores life through the lens of the male relationships, both human and canine, woven into her life. It is not an easy task. She admits she's never really been part of a female circle of friends ('I'm a girly girl who enjoys a good fart joke') and ponders why this is so. Maybe it's because she grew up with brothers; maybe it's because her father was such a mysterious and godlike presence in her life that she spent most of her time seeking out male approval. Joseph adeptly scrutinizes the often opposing female and male sensibilities. She has a great eye for telling details that complete a character or scene. She routinely ends with men who don't suit her, or places she dislikes. 'They didn't know I didn't belong at any gathering where people took tidy sips of wine, then remarked upon its bouquet or nibbled on stuffed mushrooms or spread a thin layer of hummus across pita bread.' Whether describing a friendship with her alcoholic boss; her younger brother, a cop nicknamed Bye-Bye; or her father, who never reads books for pleasure but always reads the newspaper, Joseph strives to tell the straight story while not ignoring the potholes along the way." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
Ostensibly organized around the various men in Joseph's life, this is really a memoir about what it's like to be a modern, smart woman making her way in the world.
An Entertainment Weekly "must"-"It's hard to recall another collection of essays, or a memoir, with more natural charm."
Surrounded by dysfunctional men-from her fourteen-year-old son to her high-maintenance boss-Diana Joseph did what she had to do: survive. I'm Sorry You Feel That Way is an honest, hilarious, and instantly recognizable memoir of a truly modern woman. Funny, fearless, and warmhearted, it is a portrait of a woman in all her endless complexities and contradictions, and of the people she has come to love in spite of-or rather because of-theirs.
About the Author
Diana Joseph has worked as a waitress, a short-order cook, a typist, and a teacher. Her essay "The Boy" won the Kentucky Women Writers Prize for Creative Nonfiction. Joseph currently teaches in the MFA program at Minnesota State University, Mankato.
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