Description from the publisher through Netgalley:
Roz Chast meets Allie Brosh in this hilarious, unfiltered, and beautifully illustrated look at the infinite number of reasons the author experiences guilt, shame, regret and self-reproach in her daily life, and that maybe—just maybe—some of us can relate to as well.
In a series of 100 illustrations with accompanying text, Orli Auslander has captured a mood and emotional ambivalence that will be all too familiar for readers: trying to be the best wife, mother, and friend she can be, while simultaneously feeling shitty about virtually everything she does. Confronting her daily experience with dark humor and brilliant and brutal honesty, she shows us how being an overindulgent mother makes her feel as terrible as the times when she can’t stand the sight of her kids; how saying yes to the wrong experiences and no to the right requests is equally bad; how her Jewish heritage complicates her relationships with her overly religious family and irreligious children; and how having a vagina is the ultimate inescapable struggle. With a distinctive, textured ink drawing style which brings to mind a female Robert Crumb and a neurotic Edward Gorey, I Feel Bad is a book that readers will buy for themselves and for a best friend, and where every reader will find the precise moment that Auslander voiced their own deepest anxiety in her poignant and hilarious illustrations.
I feel bad that I wasted precious time in my life to read this book. It was awful. This woman makes me angry. Her artwork is not good. She is offensive and she even used a swastika in her drawings as she thought of herself as Hitler. This was and is disgraceful. It was supposed to be humorous and I have certainly felt bad about things and myself at times but this was too much.
I refuse to rate it.
I received this e-ARC in exchange for an honest review by the publishers through Netgalley.
I love Lauren Graham and I was a faithful watcher of Gilmore Girls when it originally aired. I still love her and all of the shows she has been in. I was very excited to see this memoir come out last year.
Lauren is very humorous and she does tell some interesting stories, but I felt the the subtitle of this book gave me false hope. I really wanted so much more info about her time shooting the show and working with the actors. There really wasn’t much detail there.
Lauren talked a lot about her acting experiences, or lack thereof, before Gilmore Girls came to be, but I wanted some juicy tidbits about working on the show. This was a quick read and the writing was good. I was just a bit disappointed in the lack of detail.
I gave this book 4 crowns.
This is book 7 in the Nikki Heat series. I enjoy this series and I loved the show. These are fun, fast reads. They always include a bit of drama as well as humor.
I won’t go into detail about this story because it is the 7th in the series. Just know that all of your favorite characters are in this book!
I gave this book 5 crowns.
Publication date: February 14, 2017
Description from the Publishers through Netgalley
“I laughed my way through this novel. A must-read from Meredith Schorr.” – Chick Lit Plus
It’s more about finding yourself than finding a man…Jane Frank is ready to fall in love. It’s been a year since her first and only relationship ended and far too long since the last time she was kissed. With the LSAT coming up, she needs to find a boyfriend (or husband) before acing law school and becoming a partner at her father’s firm. There’s just one problem: all the guys in New York City are flakes. Interested one day and gone the next, they seemingly drop off the face of the earth with no warning and no explanation.
In her misguided belief that life doesn’t really start until you get married and have kids, Jane jumps from one extreme to the next trying to force a happily ever after until she breaks. Will she ever find her path, and can she do it without alienating her friends and family and risking her career in the process?
A STATE OF JANE is a hilarious, heartwarming, and honest coming-of-age story of what happens when a good girl discovers there is more to finding love than following the rules.
This was the second book that I read this month from Meredith Schorr. She has an easy to read style that is filled with humor and real life situations. This is a story about a girl who is feeling the pressure to find ” The One” and to start her educational path towards becoming a lawyer. Let’s just say that in 5 or 6 months she has had sex with just as many guys and her attitude towards men and relationships has changed drastically. Not only has that changed but so has her attitude.
This was a fun read but I was annoyed in the beginning of the book with Jane. She had such a pessimistic and nasty attitude that I didn’t really care what happened to her. That does change and so did my opinion but it was a rough start for me. This book is about love but not in the way that you think.
I received an E-ARC of this book from the Publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
I give this book 3 crowns.
Publication date: March 7, 2017
Description from the Publishers through Netgalley
“Rosanna Bruno’s speculative look at Emily Dickinson’s social media feed is so hysterical you may find yourself with a case of the vapors.”–Alison Bechdel
America’s favorite recluse just got a life! With her distinctively funky drawing style and insightful wit, artist Rosanna Bruno presents a cross-generational Dickinson for the 21st century.
Emily Dickinson said: “Tell all the truth, but tell it slant.” Artist Rosanna Bruno does just as the poet asked in a series of several dozen witty, hand-drawn cartoons inspired by what we know–and don’t know–about Dickinson’s life and work. The Slanted Life of Emily Dickinson explores–often hilariously, and always respectfully–the myth surrounding the reclusive poet using her own words to skew, or slant, a story that is already somewhat fuzzy in detail.
Beginning with a line or two from Dickinson’s poems or letters, Rosanna Bruno presents an image of a real or imagined event. For example, she imagines Dickinson’s Facebook page (“Relationship Status: It’s Complicated”), her OkCupid dating profile (“I am small, like the wren; and my hair is bold, like the chestnut burr…”), her senior yearbook page (“Girl Most Likely to Talk to Birds”), and several other hilarious scenes and fictional artifacts. The result is a wickedly funny portrait of one of the most beloved (and mythologized) poets in the American canon.
I can remember reading Emily Dickinson’s work when I was younger and finding it very interesting. When I saw that a graphic novel was being made that gave her life and writing a twist, I requested it for review. I received this e-ARC from the publishers through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
This is a very short graphic novel that takes some lines from Emily Dickinon’s poems and creates a modern tale from it. What would happen if Emily was on Facebook or Twitter? What if she was tired of being alone and tried some dating websites? This had the potential of being funny but fir me, it didn’t hit that mark. I read through this in less than a half an hour and I didn’t laugh. I wanted to laugh and really see the integration between these old poems and our current world. I thought this graphic novel tried to hard. I found the illustrations at times to be a bit underwhelming and distracting.
This was a miss for me. I gave it 1 crown.
This is a compilation of Lucy’s earlier comics and there is no real continuity in the strips throughout the book. Some of the comic strips were hilarious and others left me confused. This book does contain some graphic images and “naughty” words and scenarios.
Although I am a fan of Lucy’s art, this was not my favorite book by her. I am glad that I didn’t pick this one up first because I may not have continued with these graphic novels. I highly recommend that read any of the other books by her. Relish is still my favorite and I have to read her newest book which I got for Christmas.
I gave this book 2 crowns.
Description from the Publisher through Netgalley
The star of Bravo’s breakout scripted comedy Odd Mom Out shares her razor-sharp wit and backhanded wisdom in a deeply observed and outrageously funny collection of musings, lists, essays, and outrages.
From her unique lingo (things don’t simply frighten her, they “M. Night Shyamalan her out”) to her gimlet-eyed view of narrow-mindedness, to her morbid but curiously life-affirming parenting style, mother of three Jill Kargman is nothing if not original. In this hilarious new book, the sharp-elbowed and talented mother of three turns her unconventional lens on life and death, and everything in between, including
• the politically correct peer pressure she felt from the new moms in her hood, the women who provided the grist for the mill that became her hit television show
• the evolution of her aesthetic from Miami Vice vibrant (a very brief flirtation) to Wednesday Addams–meets-rocker-chic
• her deep-seated New Yorker’s discomfort with moving vehicles that aren’t taxis and subways (a.k.a. “suburban panic disorder”)
• the family obsession with reading obituaries for their medical revelations and real estate “news” value
• the reasons why, in a land of tan-orexic baby-oil beach bakers, she chooses to honor the valor of her ghostly pallor
From a hellish visit to the Happiest Place on Earth to her unusual wedding night with Russell Crowe to her adrenaline-pumping Gay Pride parade experience, Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave is as wonderfully indecent and entertaining as a spring break road trip with your best friend. Assuming your best friend is the kind of gal who still wears a motorcycle jacket to pick up the kids at school.
I received an e -ARC of this book from the publisher through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
A co-worker introduced my to Odd Mom Out and I binge-watched the first season through the conclusion of the second. I adore this show and the quirky, funny, true to life-ness of the characters. I had never read or watched anything written by Jill Kargman before and was so excited to see a new book was being released.
I put everything aside and picked this up to read immediately. It was fairly short at about 225 pages and I knew that if it was anything like the show I would fly through it. The first few chapters had me laughing out loud a bit; not like when I watch Odd Mom Out though. Then it fell apart. I was quickly becoming more and more disappointed.
The chapters and the flow of this book were so disjointed. It was hard to read because it flipped back and forth in the story line for no reason. Jill tried to use a modern language that read more like really back “ebonics”. It was such a turn off to me. She also brought in her political views and I felt as if you didn’t agree with her, she was yelling at you and made your opinions feel worthless. That is not necessary. I was hoping for so much more from this.
I gave this 2 crowns and that is only because I enjoyed the beginning.