Confession: Growing up, my very best friend’s father was a taxidermist. There were two house rules, the squeamish should not go into his work shed in the back and never look in the black trash bags in the freezer. Even so, sometimes when you dug for strawberry ice cream a small frozen paw would peek out and wave at you like a lost drowning soul. Given that childhood horror, Let’s Pretend This Never Happened was so the book for me. The author is a blog writer from Texas who grew up trying desperately to fit in but always thwarted by her taxidermist father, maniacal turkeys, roadkill excursions, and dead animals as decor. Lawson’s writing is very intelligent and irreverent and to use a much overused cliche, laugh out loud funny. The very best summation about perhaps the funniest book I read in a very long time is a blurb on the back cover “There’s is something wrong with Jenny Lawson-magnificently wrong. I defy you to read her work and not hurt yourself laughing.” There was actually a blurb that suited even better from Jesus but it had the f word so I thought perhaps not to offend others. And perhaps to give a heads up if you have issues with the f word, you most likely won’t enjoy this book as much as I did. Otherwise, read, read, read. And yes, that is a mouse corpse dressed as Hamlet on the front cover.
13. March 2013 · Comments Off · Categories: Melody H, Memoirs, NonFiction · Tags: Female Author
Let's Pretend This Never Happened ( A Mostly True Memoir) by Janny Lawson, 318 pages, read by Melody, on 03/11/2013