Let's Pretend This Never Happened

"Let's Pretend This Never Happened" by Jenny Lawson

You may not know who Jenny Lawson is, but you should. She rules the geeky underworld of the Internet with style and aplomb. She writes blogs, tweets up a storm, and gets famous people to pose for pictures holding random objects. No kidding, she gets to do that for a living! Her pseudonym, "The Bloggess" tells it like it is in her own unique, sarcastic, stream-of-consciousness delivery. Jenny's writing style is always honest and authentic served with a small side of snark. Her #1 New York Times bestseller "Let's Pretend This Never Happened" is one of those magical memoirs that is actually funny enough to make you laugh. Out loud. Often. Honestly, people were looking at me strangely as I found myself cackling in public places while I read this book.

Jenny leads us on a fascinating ride thought good times and bad from her childhood to her current days with her ever put upon husband, Victor, and daughter, Hailey. From her wild upbringing with her taxidermist father in Texas to her ability to find herself in situations that would be best described as unique, Jenny lives a life that defies mediocrity. Seriously, chapters entitled, "Thanks for the zombies, Jesus" and "Making Friends with Girls" exist side by side in this eccentric book.

Jenny conquers the challenges she faces whether they are real or imagined. Poignant memoirs are found here as well, as she recounts her struggles with mental illness and her desire to overcome the limitations that her illness brings. This may all sound like a very strange combination, but really, it works. The fusion of funny and sincere comes across as "real." This is a book about Jenny, sharing a life that is sometimes flawed, sometimes astounding, and sometimes downright hilarious...and it's OK to feel all of those emotions in this crazy mixed up thing we call life.

If you loved Tina Fey's "Bossypants" or David Sedaris' "When You Are Engulfed In Flames," you'll love Jenny Lawson! 

--Mary G., Rock Road Branch


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