Tuesday, February 26, 2013

The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days

The Cursing Mommy's Book of Days
by Ian Frazier

Genre: Literary Fiction

Review: By far the most hilarious satire I have read in years, maybe ever. I had to try very hard not to laugh so loud I woke up my sleeping fiancee. This novel was very funny on the surface with a serious undertone and compelling critique of society: insurance companies, pharmaceutical companies, the mindfulness movement, parents who want to medicate misbehavior out of their children.

Written as a daily diary or "book of days," this book grew out of popular columns in The New Yorker, but it is in no way snobby or high-falutin' literary fare. You will relate to Cursing Mommy even if you are not a mommy; she tries so hard, but things just don't go her way. She tries to be peaceful and mindful; she tries to test out a weight watchers dog, in one of the slapstick-hilarity-ensues scenes, yet once again she ends up on the floor surrounded by disaster.

Link to three Cursing Mommy columns: http://thattherepaul.com/features/cursingmommy.html 

Monday, February 25, 2013

Back to Freshmen Year


Genre: New popular fiction/women's fiction

Review: Follow Penelope, a socially awkward freshmen, during her first year at Harvard. She is weirded out by the other students' obsessions with studying and sad excuses for parties. She is a memorable, funny character. This book has a very intimate voice with over-the-top funny stories. You will probably cringe along with Penelope as you remember the way college friendships are formed, awkward moments, and more.  A realistic yet exagerrated novel that is hilarious at times. A fast-read with great character development and dialogue.

Song to Read by: "Between the Raindrops" by Lifehouse and Natasha Beddingfield