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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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Feb 24, 2015
  • mee8784 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I prefer her blog to the book (as the style gets old to me by the end), but Lawson is relatable, genuinely funny, and a good writer. After having to return blogger Kelly Oxford's "Liar" book half un-finished (I couldn't force myself to get through it), Lawson was such a welcome relief to turn to.

Feb 19, 2015
  • LShimmin rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Hysterically laugh out loud.

Feb 04, 2015
  • Keogh rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Hilariously snarky, twisted, and skewed, this collection of tales features more than a fair share of "did she just say that" moments along the way. Not for all tastes, but the book is amusing, jaw dropping at times, and a blast to read. Just don't give it to someone with no sense of humour at all.

Jan 13, 2015
  • 0Charlie rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Wow! This one is hard to describe. It was incredibly funny - I kept thinking "This sentence has never been written before in the history of the English language!". It is, however, not suited to everyone's taste. There is a lot, A. LOT, of swearing - the author apologizes in the Into that she is going to offend you at some point in the work. You also have the challenge of figuring out what is real in this memoir and what is not - "This book is totally true, except for the parts that aren't." Let's say - recommended for those who are interested in "something completely different" in the Monty Python version of different.

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!

Sep 28, 2014

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."

Sep 24, 2014

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 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!

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Jun 16, 2013
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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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