Let’s Pretend This Never Happened

Author: Jenny Lawson

Synopsis: Jenny Lawson had a crazy childhood in Texas with her taxidermist dad and lunch lady mom.

You might like this if you liked: Running with Scissors (Augusten Burroughs) or The Glass Castle (Jeannette Walls)

Recommended to:  those who enjoy reading memoirs of people from outside-the-norm dysfunctional families because it makes us feel a bit relieved about our own upbringing.

Highlights: It’s pretty funny.

Lowlights: It might be slightly more funny to readers from Generation Y than to Generation X. It may be questionable that whatever generations came before us would find the amusement in the book. The stories are different, but the humorous devices can be a little redundant, particularly the phrase “YOU’RE WELCOME” which often following some piece of unsolicited advice.

Best Quote: I can finally see that all the terrible parts of my life, the embarrassing parts, the incidents I wanted to pretend never happened, and the things that make me “weird” and “different,” were actually the most important parts of my life.  They were the parts that made me ME.

I Suck at Girls

Author: Justin Halpern

Synopsis: Justin Halpern recounts his sexploits.

You might like this if you liked: Me Talk Pretty One Day (David Sedaris)

Recommended to: People who like to read funny things and to people who like wise dads.

Highlights:  The story about stealing porn from the homeless was so funny it made me laugh until I cried.  I had to read it aloud to three other people to make sure it was as funny as I thought it was.  It was.

Lowlights:  It’s fluffy.  That could be a good or a bad thing.

Best Quote:

Eventually my dad got home from work and set his briefcase down.
‘So. How was practice?’ he asked
‘It was good. Why? Did you hear it wasn’t?’ I said, trying to keep my cool.
‘Son, no offense, but you play Little League. It’s not the Yankees. I don’t get daily reports about who’s hitting the shit out of the ball”