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Reporting from the potholes midway through life's journey, Allen addresses these and other more serious matters, like the rude awakenings of being single after 25 years, of mothering a teenager, and of living with a serious illness. She also discusses life's everyday trials, like the horrors of attempting a crafts project, the anxieties of being a houseguest, and the ever-changing rules of recycling. Allen is a performer at heart - her one-woman show I Got Sick Then I Got Better premiered in 2009, and she regularly acts in other plays - and she brings that same spirit to these 35 short essays, which sound like the work of a female Dave Barry. Writing on places both real (like a swag den for celebrities at Sundance and the parking lot at L.L. Bean's flagship store) and imaginary (a Buddhist retreat attended by Martha Stewart, Elmer Fudd's psychotherapy appointment), Allen's wit and compassion give a fresh slant on the vicissitudes of day-to-day and not so day-to-day life.
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By Dillyn Ketterman on 07-02-17
Was excited about this book, heard about it on NPR and the interview made it seem promising. It was spastic and nonsensical and what the heck was the Elmer Fud bit?!?! Terrible. Listened for 3 hours just waiting for it to get good, never happened.
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