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Review of It’s Okay to Laugh: (Crying Is Cool Too) by Nora McInerny Purmort

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About It’s Okay to Laugh

Twenty-seven-year-old Nora McInerny Purmort bounced from boyfriend to dopey “boyfriend” until she met Aaron—a charismatic art director and comic-book nerd who once made Nora laugh so hard she pulled a muscle. When Aaron was diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer, they refused to let it limit their love. They got engaged on Aaron’s hospital bed and had a baby boy while he was on chemo. In the period that followed, Nora and Aaron packed fifty years of marriage into the three they got, spending their time on what really matters: Buffy the Vampire Slayer, each other, and Beyoncé. A few months later, Aaron died in Nora’s arms. The obituary they wrote during Aaron’s hospice care revealing his true identity as Spider-Man touched the nation. With It’s Okay to Laugh, Nora puts a young, fresh twist on the subjects of mortality and resilience. What does it actually mean to live your “one wild and precious life” to the fullest? How can a joyful marriage contain more sickness than health? How do you keep going when life kicks you in the junk? In this deeply felt and deeply funny memoir, Nora gives her readers a true gift—permission to struggle, permission to laugh, permission to tell the truth and know that everything will be okay. It’s Okay to Laugh is a love letter to life, in all its messy glory; it reads like a conversation with a close friend, and leaves a trail of glitter in its wake.

This book is for people who have been through some shit.

This is for people who aren’t sure if they’re saying or doing the right thing (you’re not, but nobody is). This is for people who had their life turned upside down and just learned to live that way. For people who have laughed at a funeral or cried in a grocery store. This is for everyone who wondered what exactly they’re supposed to be doing with their one wild and precious life. I don’t actually have the answer, but if you find out, will you text me?

My Review

One strong woman’s journey through loss and life. Purmort shares her life openly along with views, lessons, relationships, parenting, leaving you chuckling and teary eyed.

Purmort isn’t afraid to expose her vulnerability, she’s raw and brutally honest. I admire her candor and ability to express emotions with ease. Nothing was sugar coated, Purmort struggled and stumbled yet she found her way. Questioning her decisions and choices while trying her best, other times applauding her decisions. Life isn’t easy, no handbook given as Purmort emphasizes in her book, no doubt you will find yourself identifying with her many times throughout her story.

My only gripe, to many F-bombs and GD’s. So tired of constantly hearing and reading the imfamous four letter word, whip out a thersaurs people.

Inspiring story of life and survival when blindsided. Honest, funny, most of all shared from the heart.

About Nora McInerny PurmortNora-McInerny-Purmort-AP

Nora McInerny Purmort was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1998. It was mostly downhill after that, but she did get to spend three glorious years married to Aaron Joseph Purmort (aka Spider-Man). Her work has appeared on Cosmopolitan.com, Elle.com, and the Huffington Post, and in the Star Tribune. She lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, with her son, Ralph. They really like it there.

Find out more about Nora at her website, and connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

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Publisher: Dey Street Books (May 24, 2016)

Review, Excerpt & Giveaway: 9 1/2 Narrow: My Life in Shoes by Patricia Morrisroe

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A funny, poignant coming-of-age memoir told through the shoes that she wore.

As I read the chapters in this book I couldn’t help but reminisce on my own escapades. Morrisroe certainly provided plenty of moments for me to step back in time as I read of her experiences. Parochial school days, wearing Stride Rites to my own beloved pair of patent leather Maryjanes in black, my first love, yes I smiled and laughed as I journey along with Morrisroe.

Morrisroe cleverly addresses the issue of shoe marketing pertaining to the high-end designer brands. Lots of tidbits on shoes in general along with history added interest. Love the way she breaks down her life from childhood to adulthood through her shoes. She discovered her first love while wearing her granny boots in England, Beatle Boots purchased for a school performance etc.

An original memoir of an ordinary woman (sporting a shoe fetish, yes she owns Louboutin, Blahnik, Choo, – a girl after my own heart) blending shoes with memorable moments and milestones in her life, family and love. Fun read, especially for self-proclaimed shoe divas such as myself. Plenty of humor will thoroughly entertain you.

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About Patricia Morrisroeimage

Patricia Morrisroe grew up in Andover, Massachusetts and graduated from Tufts University with a B.A. in English. After spending a year as a reporter and film critic at the Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, she received an M.A. in Cinema Studies at NYU. As a contributing editor at New York magazine, she wrote over fifty features, many of them cover stories. Patricia’s work has also appeared in Vogue, Vanity Fair, the New York Times, Departures, Travel & Leisure, and the London Sunday Times Magazine.

In 1988, the noted photographer Robert Mapplethorpe selected her to write his biography. A year later, several months after he died of AIDS, the Corcoran Gallery of Art cancelled the photographer’s “The Perfect Moment” exhibit. This spurred a heated nationwide debate about pornography as art and called into question the extent to which Congress and the NEA should be funding that art. When Mapplethorpe: A Biography was published in 1995, the art critic Arthur C. Danto, in The Nation, called it “utterly admirable… The clarity and honesty of Morrisroe’s portrait are worthy of its’ subject.” The Washington Post declared the book as “mesmerizing as Mapplethorpe’s stare in his self-portraits.”

In 2010, Patricia wrote Wide Awake: A Memoir of Insomnia, which blended science, culture and personal insight to tell the story of why she – and 40 million other Americans – can’t sleep at night. Janet Maslin in the New York Times praised her “deadpan funny” sense of humor, describing the book as a “fine firsthand look at insomniac eccentricities.”

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•Hardcover, 256 pages
•Published April 14th 2015 by Gotham
•ISBN13: 9781592409242

Review: Things You’ve Inherited From Your Mother by Hollie Adams w/ Giveaway

Things You've Inherited From Your Mother

• Paperback: 172 pages
• Publisher: NeWest Press (May 2015)

Things You’ve Inherited From Your Mother is a riotous assemblage of found objects, Choose Your Own Adventure-style in jokes and useful facts about mice. In her startlingly funny first novel, Hollie Adams takes the conventional wisdom about likeable literary heroines and shoves it down an elevator shaft.

Following the passing of her mother, Carrie, a thirty something year old tries to salve her loss but somewhat spirals out of control in a rather hilarious manner.

“Inevitably, there will be only one black item in the box: a figure-flattering skirt that falls just above the knee. Funeral perfect. It is a little tight going on but zips up almost all the way. Your shirt will cover the exposed bit of back flab you’ve been calling your lumbar loaf. If only that flap of skin had a zipper, you’d never have to carry a purse.”

Coping is proving to be a challenge for Carrie as she provides the reader with plenty of laugh out loud well timed moments. We all handle grief differently and you will discover Carrie’s method is questionable while providing chuckles. One could refer to her grieving process as somewhat destructive, however, anyone suffering a loss will empathize and understand Carrie’s unconventional acceptance to a degree.

Quick read, more than a few laugh out loud moments, but I’m confident readers will be on board or jumping ship with this love it or hate it novella.

Adams possesses a comedic gift, memorable debut.

Hollie AdamsAbout Hollie Adams

Hollie Adams is a Windsorite living in Alberta, where she teaches writing and literature. She has studied creative writing at the University of Windsor and has a PhD in English from the University of Calgary. Her writing has been published in several Canadian periodicals including Prairie Fire, The Antigonish Review,Carousel, The Windsor Review, and Filling Station, and online at McSweeney’s Internet Tendency.

Things You’ve Inherited From Your Mother is her first novel.

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The Hurricane Sisters by Dorothea Benton Frank w/ Giveaway

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・ Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (April 7, 2015)

A complex family of disparate characters and their close friends can overcome anything through the power of love and reconciliation.

I was expecting something very different, the jacket summary is misleading. The focus on the book is not limited to the three female generations of this family, rather it focuses on the family as a whole, each member introduced along with their individual and in some instances collective predicaments.

There was no connection with the characters, in fact I felt a complete disconnect. I enjoyed Ivy, he’s grounded, caring, has his act together. He resides in San Francisco, I’m sure his distance from his family contributes to his normalacy. Maisie is adorable, her zest for life is inspiring. She’s flawed but charming. I wish she was focused on more, she could have easily carried the story. There were aspects of Ashley I found appealing but the way she handled serious issues left me disappointed. Clayton is pathetic and Liz needs to reevaluate her self worth.

I respected the fact this family pulled together in tough times despite their disgruntled feelings toward each other.

The narrative reads like a soap opera, too contrived and dramatic for my likes. Frank takes on physical and sexual abuse, however, her end results miss the mark, a HUGE pet peeve of mine. She brings awareness to abuse but her characters drop the ball big time, disappointing for perusers surviving abuse.

Your standard dysfunctional family tale, disappointing in resolving hot button topics, overly dramatic.

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New York Times bestselling author Dorothea Benton Frank was born and raised on Sullivans Island, South Carolina. She is the author of many New York Times bestselling novels, including Lowcountry Summer and Return to Sullivans Island. She resides in the New York area with her husband.

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The Divorce Diet by Ellen Hawley *Giveaway*

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Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: Kensington (December 30, 2014)

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Abigail, an inspired cook and stay-at-home mother, decides to repair the problems in her marriage with a diet book for herself and an elaborate birthday dinner for her husband. But over dinner her husband announces that the whole marriage thing just doesn’t work for him. Reeling, she packs up her baby, her cookbooks, and her single estate extra virgin olive oil and moves in with her parents while she looks for work and child care.

Abigail did not appeal to me at all. I found her to be too passive and stuck in the present. Given her marital breakup was a surprise, I felt she could have carried herself differently, taking action swiftly, and stop with the victim card. Her personality failed to evoke anything other than irritation. Thad (husband) was equally irritating. I did appreciate her erratic thoughts, her sarcastic humor, and eventually her candor, otherwise she was vanilla requiring some serious spicing up, too pessimistic for my taste, immature to boot.

The narrative demonstrates the heartache of divorce. Despite my dislike of Abigail, it was sad to accompany her on her forced journey into a new life thrusted upon her by her self absorbed husband. Finally, when acceptance washes over her, realizing her husband and marriage wasn’t as fantastic as she thought, coming clean is part of the healing and survival process as Abigail transforms into her own person. The narrative was monotonous and dragged on, the later part of the narrative listing recipes was the highlight, Abigail wore on me tremendously.

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Ellen Hawley has published two previous novels, Open Line (Coffee House Press, 2008) and Trip Sheets (Milkweed Editions, 1998). She has worked as an editor and copy editor, a creative writing teacher, a talk show host, a cab driver, a waitress, an assembler, a janitor, a file clerk, and for four panic-filled hours a receptionist. She lived in Minnesota for forty years and now lives in Cornwall, where she feeds a blog—as well as two cats, one dog, one partner, and any friends who stop by. Awards include a Writer’s Voice Capricorn Award, a Minnesota State Arts Board Grant, and a Loft-McKnight Award.

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Lost & Found by Brooke Davis

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A story of life, love, loss and grief along with unexpected kindness. A beautiful, whimsical story viewing the world in a rare warm slanted manner.

The three protagonists are well drawn, Millie, Karl and Agatha. All three find themselves fastened through grief and loss, their individual personalities, vices causing endless hilarious situations.

Davis possesses a writing style of less is more, scant on pages but heavy in meaning and depth. Simply delightful to read, I cried at times, other times I was snickering out loud. Davis inserts humor with precision timing in well measured doses. She demonstrates her grasp of her talent with originality, quite a gem in both characters and narrative. I understand why this novel is generating such accolades, fabulous story, endearing characters, worth your time with certainty.

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Published June 24th 2014 by Hachette
Paperback, 272 pages
ISBN139780733632754
A copy was provided in exchange for an honest review

 

The Good Soldier Švejk by Jaroslav Hašek

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The Good Soldier Švejk
Jaroslav Hašek

Reviewer: Kevin
Recommendation: 4.5/5

 

From Goodreads
In The Good Soldier Švejk, celebrated Czech writer and anarchist Jaroslav Hašek combined dazzling wordplay and piercing satire in a hilariously subversive depiction of the futility of war.

Good-natured and garrulous, Švejk becomes the Austrian army’s most loyal Czech soldier when he is called up on the outbreak of World War I — although his bumbling attempts to get to the front serve only to prevent him from reaching it. Playing cards and getting drunk, he uses all his cunning and genial subterfuge to deal with the police, clergy, and officers who chivy him toward battle.

Cecil Parrott’s vibrant translation conveys the brilliant irreverence of this classic about a hapless Everyman caught in a vast bureaucratic machine

 

My thoughts
The most hilarious novel ever read!

Each page of this book will make you erupt into laughter. Believe, war time jokes can’t be nicer than this. You’ll never forget these sentences:

-“Humbly report sir, I’m officially declared idiot”

-“You don’t know me yet; but when you get to know me you’ll be finished!”

Enjoy reading.