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Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)

November 7, 2012

Author:  Jenny Lawson

Title:  Let’s Pretend This Never Happened:  (A Mostly True Memoir)

Genre:  Non-Fiction, Autobiography/Memoir

Publication Date:  2012

Number of Pages:  318

Geographical Setting:  Various locations in Texas, including Houston and several small towns in West Texas.

Time Period:  2000’s, with flashbacks to 1970’s-80’s

Series:  N/A

Plot Summary:

In Jenny Lawson’s self-proclaimed “mostly true memoir” she shares humorous anecdotes and reflections about her childhood and adolescence, marriage and motherhood, foibles and friendships, and attempts to rid her new home from the threat of potential zombie attacks.  With chapter headings like “Stanley, the Magical Talking Squirrel,” “My Vagina is Fine, Thanks for Asking,” “And Then I Got Stabbed in the Face by a Serial Killer,” you realize from the start that this book is probably not going to follow the conventions of many memoirs- and you wouldn’t want it to.

The author, creator of the popular online blog, “The Bloggess,” engages and entertains readers with stories that are mostly funny and offbeat (i.e. an overzealous taxidermist father), though she does share some painful episodes (a miscarriage, an anxiety disorder, rheumatoid arthritis) as well.  In both everyday experiences and big-life moments, Jenny Lawson seems to relish finding and sharing the humor of an awkward and/or absurd situation- overall, it makes for a fun, fast read that you were glad to share in, though slightly thankful you didn’t have to go through first-hand.

Subject Headings:  Personal narratives, Childhood memories, Growing up, Awkward high school experiences, Drug use, Family relationships, Marriage, Motherhood, Friendships, Pets, New homes, Human resource departments, Anxiety disorder, Misadventures, Taxidermy, Texas, Rural towns, Blogs.

Appeal:  Humorous, Offbeat, Sarcastic, Conversational, Candid, Engaging, Witty, Bawdy, Contemporary, Colorful characters, Family relationships, Growing up in rural towns, Photographs.

Three appeal terms that best describe this book:  Humorous, Offbeat, Engaging.

Similar Authors and Works:

Three Relevant Non-Fiction Works and Authors:

1.  Still Life: Adventures in Taxidermy by Melissa Migrom

In Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Jenny Lawson shares anecdotes of living with a father who is a taxidermist.  Readers interested in finding out more about taxidermy may enjoy this title, in which the author explores the history, community, and craft/art of taxidermy.

2.  I Love Everybody (and Other Atrocious Lies): True Tales of a Loudmouth Girl by Laurie Notaro.

Readers who enjoyed the offbeat humor of Jenny Lawson’s book may enjoy reading this collection of funny, quirky stories chronicling the idiosyncrasies of the author’s life in her thirties.

3.  Blog, Inc.: Blogging for Passion, Profit, and to Create Community by Joy Deangdeelert Cho.

Readers inspired to begin a blog of their own after reading Jenny Lawson’s book may find this title to be a helpful resource.  It covers a range of topics about starting and developing a blog, in addition to interviews with current successful bloggers.

Three Relevant Fiction Works and Authors:

1.  The Zombie Survival Guide: Complete Protection from the Living Dead by Max Brooks

Max Brooks’ humorous book of survival strategies for dealing with the undead could have come in handy for Jenny Lawson- in Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, she searches the property of her new home for supposed graves in order to avoid being unexpectedly accosted by zombies.

2.  If You Were Here: A Novel by Jen Lancaster

In both Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and this story, we follow the funny and frustrating ups and downs of couples as they adapt to life in a new home and married life.

3.  Pipsqueak by Brian M. Wiprud

Readers who enjoyed the wacky humor of Jenny Lawson’s book and her penchant for collecting taxidermies may enjoy reading this title, the first of a series of mysteries starring unlikely sleuth Garth Carson- a New York City taxidermy collector.

Name:  Nicole

Star Wars: Legacy

August 10, 2011

Author: Ostrander, John

Title: Star Wars Legacy – Broken

Genre: Graphic Novel – Science Fiction

Publication Date: 2007 – (Last issue of original series published August  2010, series continued with a new story arc with the last issue being published May 2011.)

Number of Pages: Broken is 144 p.

Geographical Setting: A galaxy far, far away …

Time Period: @ 137 years after the Battle of Yavin (The events of Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)

Series: Star Wars: Legacy

Plot Summary: In this graphic novel iteration of the Star Wars saga, much has changed in the 137 years since those plucky rebels blew up the Death Star. The Empire and the Sith have risen again and now vie for control the galaxy. The Jedi have been defeated and are once again hunted as enemies of the state. Additionally, the last f the legendary Skywalker blood line, Cade Skywalker has not only rejected his Jedi heritage but is also addicted to the illicit drugs he uses to cut himself off from the Force. On top of everything else Cade makes his way in the galaxy with his companions, Blue and Jariah,  as bounty hunter often specializing in tracking Jedi. However the Force will not be denied Cade Skywalker is force to reckon with his heritage and embrace his considerable power, when he becomes the prime focus of the powers that be in this newly chaotic galaxy. Broken is the opening chapter of a new story in a newly expanded and re-imagined Star Wars Universe.

Subject Headings: Star Wars, the Force, George Lucas, Expanded Universe,

Appeal: Quick pace, action packed, mature content, accessible, humorous, witty, colorful characters, plot driven, stunning illustrations, political intrigue, philosophical.

3 terms that best describe this book: Space warfare, Jedi saga, slightly grimy space opera.

3 Relevant Non Fiction Works and Authors

Star Wars: The New Essential Chronology by Daniel Wallace, with Kevin J. Anderson

 

Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Vehicles and Vessels by W. Haden Blackman

Star Wars: The New Essential Guide to Weapons and Technology by W. Haden Blackman

3 Relevant Fiction Works and Authors

Dark Empire by Tom Veitch (Illustrated by Cam Kennedy): The familiar cast of characters in action set jus after Return of the Jedi chronicling Luke Skywalker’s turn to the Dark Side of the Force and the return of the Emperor.

Dark Empire II by Tom Veitch (Illustrated by Cam Kennedy): Continuation of the first Dark Empire Series.

Tales of the Jedi: Golden Age of the Sith by Kevin J. Anderson: Set over 3,000 years before the events of the original Star Wars trilogy. This series has more of a fantasy feel similar to Martin’s Game of Thrones, with intrigue and feudal infighting.

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