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Towne Book Center and Cafe Book Club Pick: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

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This month’s pick is a book I enjoyed approximately a year ago.

Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

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Here’s my original post.

You know what though? When you’re facing a dire situation, sometimes it’s nice to have some comic relief. I haven’t laughed this hard at a silly life since David Sedaris. The two could be siblings their lives are so ridiculous. David’s might be partially his own fault, but Jenny’s is ridiculous mostly because of her strange father.  When you hear the tales of the ways Dad wakes her up in the middle of the night (no it’s not sordid or anything) it’s a wonder she can form a complete sentence!

Wait until you get to the part about the puppet. Then you’ll know what I’m talking about.

Did you read it? What did you think? Love it or Hate it?

 

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Towne Book Center Book Club December Pick: This is Where I leave You by Jonathan Tropper

There is something wrong with Jonathan Tropper.

 

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There is something very wrong with Jonathan Tropper.  But I like it.

This month at Towne Book Center & Cafe we’re discussing This is Where I leave You by Tropper. This past year we’ve read two or more books about death, dying, and funerals, and I was spent.  So when it was time to read this, I was slightly peevish about its prospects.

Turns out I was freakishly incorrect.

To be sure, someone dies in the book, there’s a funeral, and there’s crying.  Aside from those aspects, this title is nothing, I repeat NOTHING like a typical burying a parent type of book.

Why?

Because there is something wrong with Jonathan Tropper.  Tropper is kind of the male Jewish Jenny Lawson type of person: if something can go freakishly awry, it will.  And you (the main character) won’t be the least bit surprised by it.

Where do I begin?

The main character’s father dies and all of the adult siblings must meet up to attend the funeral and all of the accompanying social situations that brings.  What you don’t expect is for Judd to be cuckolded and for everyone to know about it.  You don’t expect the presiding rabbi’s name to be Rabbi Boner.

Get where I’m going with this?

Yep. It gets CRAZIER.  But NO SPOILERS FOR YOU!!

I just found out that the movie version of this crazy (cray cray as my 16 yr old says) book comes out next September.

The irony of the situation on Planet Pam is that I read Jenny Lawson’s book, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, on the train last winter to attend my father in law’s funeral.  I giggled the whole way through the book.  It lightened my spirits and I shared some of the wackier bits with my bereft husband during our quieter moments in the hotel.  It felt sacrilegious and slightly dirty.

That’s how I felt reading This is Where I Leave You: sacrilegious and slightly dirty.

There’s something wrong with Jonathan Tropper.

I love it.

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Adult Fiction Take Control of Your TBR Challenge

Take Control of your TBR Pile: Let’s Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson

So, I’m clearing out my TBR Pile and playing with Kimba the Caffeinated Book Reviewer.

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I have plans to read many many books, if you read my previous posts about this fun challenge you’ll know this.  REALITY: I’m not doing so hot.  hahhaah. But I did get ONE book read, Let’s Pretend this Never Happened by Jenny Lawson. It’s the biography of The Bloggess. IT IS FUNNY!!!!

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Here’s me reading it on the train.  Did you know Amtrak has WiFi?

And here’s me taking a picture of it at the bookstore where i work.

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Oops it’s sideways.  Turn your screen to the right.  Better?

So what can I say about this book? I loved it! It was funny and I felt like if she met me we’d be besties in real life!

How do you not love a book that makes you giggle while you’re riding the train?

You can’t not love it!!

Besties!