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For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris — Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut.

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

Lawson's long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments — the ones we want to pretend never happened — are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.

Let's Pretend This Never Happened is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started.

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"In punchy chapters that cover a fairly uneventful life in the southern Republican regions, blogger Lawson achieves an exaggerated sarcasm that occasionally attains a belly laugh from the reader ('I grew up a poor black girl in New York. Except replace 'black' with 'white' and 'New York' with 'rural Texas'), but mostly descends into rants about bodily functions and dead animals spiced with profanity. The daughter of a taxidermist whose avid foraging and hunting filled their 'violently rural' Wall, Tex., house with motley creatures like raccoons and turkeys and later triggered some anxiety disorder, Lawson did not transcend her childhood horrors so much as return to them, marrying at age 22 a fellow student at a local San Angelo college, Victor, and settling down in the town with a job in 'HR' while Victor worked 'in computers.' In random anecdotal segments Lawson treats the vicissitudes of her 15-year marriage, the birth of daughter Hailey after many miscarriages, some funny insider secrets from the HR office, and an attempt to learn to trust women by spending a weekend in California wine country with a group of bloggers. With little substantive writing on these subjects, however, Lawson's puerile sniggering and potty mouth gets old fast. Agent: Neeti Madan, Sterling Lord." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

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"Even when I was funny, I wasn't this funny." Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors and This is How

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"The Bloggess writes stuff that actually is laugh-out-loud, but you know that really you shouldn't be laughing and probably you'll go to hell for laughing, so maybe you shouldn't read it. That would be safer and wiser." Neil Gaiman

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"Jenny Lawson is hilarious, snarky, witty, totally inappropriate, and 'Like Mother Teresa, Only Better.' Marie Claire magazine

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"Jenny Lawson's writing is nothing less than revolutionary...I say this without a hint of exaggeration: She may be one of the most progressive women's voices of our time." Karen Walrond, author of The Beauty of Different

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"There's something wrong with Jenny Lawson — magnificently wrong. I defy you to read her work and not hurt yourself laughing." Jen Lancaster

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About the Author

Jenny Lawson is a columnist and one of the most popular bloggers on Twitter (hundreds of thousands of followers). Her blog, www.thebloggess.com, averages between 2-3 million page views per month. Jenny lives in the Texas Hill Country with her husband and daughter.

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Marie Angell, October 21, 2014 (view all comments by Marie Angell)
Look, I think this book is hilarious, as in laugh laugh laugh out loud in public many times kind of hilarious, and I'm a harsh critic of humorous writing.

That's fine for me and possibly for you, with caveats: (a) You are OK with profanity. A lot of profanity. Blackbeard the pirate saying, Watch yer tongue, madam, you are amongst sailors! kind of profanity; (b) You are introverted, insecure, have anxiety issues or commiserate with those who do; AND/OR (c) Are used to reading blogs and the sort of codified language of blogs, particularly The Bloggess's own, because knowing the cadence and some of the backstory makes you a receptive audience.

If you meet any of those criteria, throw your copy of War and Peace right out the bus window (not literally--have some sense!) and read this book sooner rather than later.

However, if people call you Church Lady, you are a man (especially a straight man, either sexually or in a comedy team), you are a 17th Century Lit major, not American, AND/OR consider yourself "normal" and that people with insecurities or disorders should just get a grip, there is a 92.735% probability you will not enjoy and possibly will be disgusted by this book. (That's my own calculation, not Nate Silver's, btw.)

Yes, the book reads much like her blog, although, unlike some reviewers, I didn't feel the material was simply printed blog posts. (Believe me, I have read some of those kinds of books--world of difference.)

I've also read a lot of memoirs by people with crazy relatives and various disorders and "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" outshines most others for humor, poignancy without vapidity or whininess, and pacing.

Comparing "Let's Pretend" to David Sedaris's work is pointless. Their work is really too different. Sedaris is masterful at capturing illustrative moments. Lawson is recounting her trials and tribulations for your amusement and, it seems, in the hope that others from the Island of Misfit Toys will not feel so all alone.

Lawson is great at what she does best: Write in a distinctive, very amusing fashion while providing candid insight to her inner life.

I have provided enough data for you to make your decision. Carry on as you will.

P. S. If you have a bladder disorder, stock up on Depends before reading. Fair warning.
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Lindsay Waite, November 5, 2013 (view all comments by Lindsay Waite)
Sometimes I just need to laugh. I read a few reviews of this book and figured it might allow me to do so. Did it ever! Jenny's writing is crisp, chatty, and communicates as if she's sharing with you on the phone or over coffee at her kitchen table. Her early years were unique yet years many of us can relate to as well (those who were shy, shunned, teased). Experiences with a taxidermist father and tolerant mother are peculiar yet there is a lot of love there. Her difficulties with personal issues were turned into insightful and often LOL stories. It's amazing to me always to read of the lives of those who rose above difficulties with a laugh. For those with sensitivity to some raunchiness, well... be prepared. The only complaint - I read it too quickly!
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Gayle Hardman, February 24, 2013 (view all comments by Gayle Hardman)
Thought I had some wild experiences and issues,but mine seem very tame compared to hers!...A definite page turner and no problem if you want to skip around to different chapters since her life is anything BUT organized!...you WILL laugh out loud!...and you may even shed a tear about some of her more personal struggles...She is a funny,unique,strong young woman/wife/mom and a very talented writer who writes about what she knows best...herself. You won't be sorry you bought this book...She is also a well known blogger,so you can get a daily dose while you wait for her next book...Enjoy!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780399159015
Subtitle:
(A Mostly True Memoir)
Author:
Lawson, Jenny
Publisher:
Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
B-Hardcover
Publication Date:
20120417
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Illustrations:
black-and-white photos with text
Pages:
336
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in 1 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 336 pages Amy Einhorn Books/Putnam - English 9780399159015 Reviews:
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In punchy chapters that cover a fairly uneventful life in the southern Republican regions, blogger Lawson achieves an exaggerated sarcasm that occasionally attains a belly laugh from the reader ('I grew up a poor black girl in New York. Except replace 'black' with 'white' and 'New York' with 'rural Texas'), but mostly descends into rants about bodily functions and dead animals spiced with profanity. The daughter of a taxidermist whose avid foraging and hunting filled their 'violently rural' Wall, Tex., house with motley creatures like raccoons and turkeys and later triggered some anxiety disorder, Lawson did not transcend her childhood horrors so much as return to them, marrying at age 22 a fellow student at a local San Angelo college, Victor, and settling down in the town with a job in 'HR' while Victor worked 'in computers.' In random anecdotal segments Lawson treats the vicissitudes of her 15-year marriage, the birth of daughter Hailey after many miscarriages, some funny insider secrets from the HR office, and an attempt to learn to trust women by spending a weekend in California wine country with a group of bloggers. With little substantive writing on these subjects, however, Lawson's puerile sniggering and potty mouth gets old fast. Agent: Neeti Madan, Sterling Lord." Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
"Review" by , "Even when I was funny, I wasn't this funny."
"Review" by , "The Bloggess writes stuff that actually is laugh-out-loud, but you know that really you shouldn't be laughing and probably you'll go to hell for laughing, so maybe you shouldn't read it. That would be safer and wiser."
"Review" by , "Jenny Lawson is hilarious, snarky, witty, totally inappropriate, and 'Like Mother Teresa, Only Better.'
"Review" by , "Jenny Lawson's writing is nothing less than revolutionary...I say this without a hint of exaggeration: She may be one of the most progressive women's voices of our time."
"Review" by , "There's something wrong with Jenny Lawson — magnificently wrong. I defy you to read her work and not hurt yourself laughing."
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