Saturday, February 19, 2011

Book Review ~ Sometimes I Feel Like A Nut

Sometimes I Feel Like A Nut: Essays and Observations
By Jill Kargman
Published By William Morrow

Summary (Goodreads):  Demonstrating Woody Allen's magical math equation, comedy = tragedy + time, a sensational collection of witty essays about life, love, hate, kids, work, school, and more from the author of The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Arm Candy
Jill Kargman is a mother, wife, and writer living the life in New York City . . . a life that includes camping out in a one-bedroom apartment with some unfortunate (and furry) roommates, battling the Momzillas of Manhattan, and coming to terms with her desire for gay men. In this entertaining collection of observations, Kargman offers her unique, wickedly funny perspective as she zips around Manhattan with three kids in tow.
Kargman tackles issues big and small with sharp wit and laugh-out-loud humor: her love of the smell of gasoline, her new names for nail polishes, her adventures in New York City real estate, and her fear of mimes, clowns, and other haunting things. Whether it's surviving a family road trip or why she can't stand Cirque du So Lame, living with a mommy vagina the size of the Holland Tunnel or surviving the hell that was her first job out of college, Kargman's nutty self triumphs, thanks to a wonderfully wise outlook and sense of fun that makes the best of everything that gets thrown her way. And if that's not enough, Kargman illustrates her reflections with doodles that capture her refreshing voice.

My Thoughts: I really enjoy humor books and this fit in nicely with the ones we already have. I got through many a morning workout flipping the pages of this book instead of watching the clock scroll down on the treadmill. While there is strong language throughout the book it did not bother as much as the usage of slang words. I tend to cringe whenever I hear/read anyone over 25 using slang (this is my biggest issue with the BDB books). Other than that I really enjoyed the stories. The author combines humor, wit and clever little doodles in each vignette of her life. From her childhood (and adult) fears of clowns/mimes and vans, to her battle with skin cancer, to her love of guns and spinning there is something for everyone in this book. My favorite parts and what I most connected with were all the mommy moments. Anyone with children has had the unsolicited mom advise and the embarrassing  public meltdowns and bluntness from said children. And most of us have our own "My Top Ten Blush-Inducing Moments of Motherhood (So Far)".
I would recommend this to anyone who needs a quick smile. 

Rating: 4

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