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Let's Pretend This Never Happened

(a Mostly True Memoir)

Lawson, Jenny

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Let's Pretend This Never Happened
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In an illustrated memoir, the creator of the Bloggess blog shares humorous stories from her life, including her awkward upbringing in Texas and her relationship with her husband.
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, c2012
ISBN: 9780399159015
0399159010
Branch Call Number: B-La445L 2012
Characteristics: 318 p. :,ill. ;,24 cm

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Join us for the discussion on July 2, 2015. When Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spir... Read More »

Another blogger dramatizes her bizarro upbringing.

Lawson makes the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today.


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Nov 18, 2014
  • Chapel_Hill_AmandaG rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This was great, it had me laughing out loud constantly! Would recommend to anyone looking for a hilarious read!

Jenny Lawson's mastery of italics is reason enough to pick up this book.

Other reasons to read this book:

1. Rambo the OCD raccoon
2. The Post-It Notes chapter which will inspire you to start writing notes to your spouse
3. Secrets that HR is keeping from the rest of us
4. Voldemort & Vaginas & Lightning Bolts
5. Barnaby Jones Pickles, the lovable pug that died and was almost carried away by vultures and how this mirrors Laura Ingalls Wilder and the locusts
6. Constant Editor belittling
7. Plenty of self-deprecation that can sound a little like Jim Gaffigan's whispering-to-self voice

Favorite quote?

"Later we disposed of some of Barnaby Jones Pickles's ashes in the Devil's Backbone where we live, because it's apparently very haunted by Indians and Spanish monks, and I'd like to think it would be less horrifying if people drove up on the ghost of a lone Indian, grudgingly accompanied by a smiling pug who was just so damn happy to see you."

Not bad. A little bloggy. Considered not finishing it, but did anyway.

Sep 11, 2014
  • zapato rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't pass the the first chapter. It's not funny, it doesn't make sense, the use of "like" and "totally" is everywhere. Horrible.

Aug 25, 2014
  • foxlib rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I love reading about families that are quirkier than mine.

Aug 01, 2014
  • ccanderle rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

By far the funniest and laugh out loud book about life I have ever read.

Jul 18, 2014
  • 1Pish rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Jenny's humour is off the wall at times and just plain funny mostly. I never laughed out loud as much as I did while reading this book!

Jul 16, 2014
  • asaxton rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The funniest book I have ever. read. Ever. (Salty, snarky and a bit off - three of my favorites!)

Jul 06, 2014
  • Yoo_hoo5 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

I couldn't get past the first chapter. Not my kind of humor. Rather corny.

Jun 19, 2014
  • lbarkema rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

I would give this book 4.5 stars because it was absolutely hilarious in some parts, like actually laughing out loud because of how ludicrous these situations or conversations were. There were a few stories where the humor seemed a bit tired and repetitive, but for the majority of it I was laughing or at least smiling while reading. I loved her writing in that it is one big ramble, and completely uncensored and at times unedited on purpose, which just makes it feel more real and like you are actually having a conversation with her and she is telling you these stories. Highly recommended for a good, not always clean, laugh.

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Nov 18, 2012
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Jul 14, 2012
  • mswendybe rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Let me preface this by saying that my dad was always bringing home crazy-ass shit. Rabbit skulls, rocks shaped like vegetables, angry possums, glass eyes, strange drifters he picked up on the road, a live porcupine in a rubber tire.

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