Notes: ARC received via NetGalley.
Ebook/Print/Audio (224 pages, BALLANTINE BOOKS)
For fans of Laurie Notaro and Jenny Lawson comes an uproarious and oddly endearing essay collection for anyone trying to survive the holidays in one piece.
When it comes to time-honored holiday traditions, Jen Mann pulls no punches
In this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann, nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, turns her mordant wit on the holidays. On Mann’s naughty list: mothers who go way overboard with their Elf on the Shelf, overzealous carolers who can’t take a hint, and people who write their Christmas cards in the third person (“Joyce is enjoying Bunko. Yeah, Joyce, we know you wrote this letter.”). And on her nice list . . . well, she’s working on that one. Here, no celebration is off-limits. The essays include:
• You Can Keep Your Cookies, I’m Just Here for the Booze
• Nice Halloween Costume. Was Skank Sold Out?
• Why You Won’t Be Invited to Our Chinese New Year Party
From hosting an ill-fated Chinese New Year party, to receiving horrible gifts from her husband on Mother’s Day, to reluctantly telling her son the truth about the Easter Bunny, Mann knows the challenge of navigating the holidays while keeping her sanity intact. And even if she can’t get out of attending another Christmas cookie exchange, at least she can try again next year.
Enh, didn't really tickle my funny bone. (3 stars)
If you've ever had someone ruin the holidays (is there anyone who hasn't?) then you might find something in this book relatable. While a couple of the stories made me chuckle a bit I was surprised at how very little about it I really enjoyed. I swear Mann repeats herself in every essay. Yes your mom is a hoarder, you told is already. Even still I think that the majority of readers might enjoy it.
So maybe the takeaway is that if you've read Mann's other books and her humor works for you grab this and if you're like me and this would be your first foray into her style maybe check out a sample chapter or audio clip and see if it works for you before dropping the cash.