UPDATED! ~ #BloggessBookClub
My blog crashes after 1,000 comments and since we’re already halfway there I thought it would be safer to just move over a discussion group on goodreads. It’s free and easy to join (If I can do it a hamster can) so just click over here to sign up and join in the discussion.
Welcome to the first ever virtual #BloggessBookClub! Several people asked if they could have one and I thought it sounded lovely for all of us anxiety-ridden introverts who would rather be home in pajamas with a beer. So how are we going to do this? I have no fucking idea. We’ll just wing it, I think.
Let’s start next Tuesday (the 19th) so that’ll give you enough time to borrow, buy or steal my book and we’ll talk about a different section each night until we finish it. In fact, I’ll read the first section on youtube and put it here so that you can join in even if you can’t afford the book right now.
Each day next week I’ll be here between 7-8pm central and we can discuss it in the comments. I’ll answer any questions you have and we can debate how many ways my book is not real literature. It will be awesome. Or it’ll just be me and my sister, drunk, sitting here on this page talking to each other in the comment section. Joining the #bloggessbookclub is free and comes with a lifetime membership to the DOUBLE UNICORN SUCCESS CLUB. Tuesday we’ll talk about Chapters 1-2. Here are the pictures (in color) for those of you who have the audio book.
Just in case you don’t have the book, here’s me reading the intro and chapter 1 for you. It’s like a demented bedtime story:
For anyone who stumbles on this page for the first time I apologize in advance. Also, here’s all the info you need to order the book…
I wrote a book and it only took me 11 years. (Shut up, Stephen King.)
You should probably go buy it right now, because it’s filled with awesomeness. And cocaine. But only if you hollow it out and fill it with your own cocaine. I’m not buying you cocaine. Because I love you.
And that’s why you should buy my book. Because I’m saving you from yourself. And from cocaine.
It’s available at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, Indie Bound, Books-A-Million, Hastings, Target and iTunes and it somehow became a #1 NYT BestSeller the first week out. I have no idea how that happened either.
For fans of Tina Fey and David Sedaris-Internet star Jenny Lawson, aka The Bloggess, makes her literary debut. Her book opened at #1 on the NYT list and is still on the list 8 weeks later.
When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father (a professional taxidermist who created dead-animal hand puppets) and a childhood of wearing winter shoes made out of used bread sacks. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.
Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter are the perfect comedic foils to her absurdities, and help her to uncover 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.
Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir is a poignantly disturbing, yet darkly hysterical tome for every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud. Like laughing at a funeral, this book is both irreverent and impossible to hold back once you get started.
AUTHOR BIO: Known for her sardonic wit and her hysterically skewed outlook on life, Jenny Lawson has made millions of people question their own sanity, as they found themselves admitting that they, too, often wondered why Jesus wasn’t classified as a zombie, or laughed to the point of bladder failure when she accidentally forgot that she mailed herself a cobra. Her blog (www.thebloggess.com) is award-winning, extremely popular, and she is considered to be one of the funniest women alive by at least three people.
Praise and advanced reviews:
“Even when I was funny, I wasn’t this funny” ~ Augusten Burroughs, author of Running With Scissors
“The Bloggess writes stuff that actually is laugh-out-loud, but you know that really you shouldn’t be laughing and probably you’ll go to hell for laughing, so maybe you shouldn’t read it. That would be safer and wiser.”
-Neil Gaiman, author of The Sandman, Stardust, American Gods and Coraline
“There’s something wrong with Jenny Lawson-magnificently wrong. I defy you to read her work and not hurt yourself laughing.” -Jen Lancaster, Author of Bitter is the New Black, Jeneration X, Bright Lights, Big Ass
“Jenny Lawson will make you laugh again and again – at things you didn’t even know were funny. And what’s more, she can write. What she knows about pacing, punchlines, setups and surprises could fill a book. Lucky for us, it’s this one. - Katherine Center, author of The Bright Side of Disaster, Everyone Is Beautiful, and Get Lucky
“Jenny Lawson is hilarious, snarky, witty, totally inappropriate, and ‘Like Mother Teresa, Only Better.’”
-Diana Vilibert, Marie Claire
“Jenny Lawson’s writing is nothing less than revolutionary. Her humor is touched by humanity, her cynicism laced with self-deprecation. I say this without a hint of exaggeration: She may be one of the most progressive women’s voices of our time.”
-Karen Walrond, author of The Beauty of Different