Thursday, July 19th, 2012
My favorite book so far this summer has to be Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir. Is anyone with me?
I’ve been a huge fan of her hilarious, candid and outrageous writing at The Bloggess for years. Where else can you read about a wife who brings home a 5-foot metal chicken named Beyonce to get back at her husband after an argument over bath towels? Just two weeks ago, Lawson gave her lucky man a tree sloth, wallaby and hedgehog for their 16th wedding anniversary while their daughter Hailey freaked out and then laughed.
The book includes some of her best blogs and expands on the story of her wacky family life. She grew up poor in West Texas, wearing newspaper-stuffed bread sacks for waterproof shoes and dodging her father’s twisted animal shenanigans. He once gutted a dead squirrel to use as a hand puppet. Another time, he brought home turkeys as pets, and they followed Lawson to school where they invaded the cafeteria and pooped everywhere. Eventually, she meets the love of her life in the witchcraft section of a bookstore. She opens up about her gruesome struggle to have a baby, her lifelong battle with generalized anxiety disorder and her obsession with the zombie apocalypse.
I’ve been telling all of my friends–especially the ones who curse a lot–to buy this now. For just $25 (or less), you’ll laugh out loud and learn important information about taxidermy.
I emailed Lawson to tell her I had a writing crush on her–in a non-stalking kind of way. Then I asked her how she managed to write a book while juggling work and parenthood.
I will never delete her reply from my inbox:
“It took me 11 years to finish the book because I kept getting interrupted
with things like labor and childbirth. But in the end it was worth it. I
think the only way to balance everything (work, being a wife, mother,
daughter, etc) is to realize you’re going to suck at a few of those things
at a time while you concentrate on the others. You can’t do it all
perfectly all the time or your head will explode. Just remember that
you’re human and that all you can do is your best.”
Her secret to success is working. Even though her book came out in May, she’s still sitting pretty on the New York Times bestseller list. She’s original, out-there and totally deserving. I got lost in her book, and it was a great place to be.Add a Comment