I realize it’s not even Halloween yet, so calm down: This post isn’t me trying to preempt one holiday for another. This post is me sharing with you a book I just read* that I think you should know about. Really I’m just helping you to be proactive with your holiday shopping because I’m pretty sure you’re going to want to stuff this one in some (grown-up) stockings.
If you read blogs and other things on the internet, which, clearly you do, you may already know who Jen Mann is. Jen is the blogger behind People I Want to Punch in the Throat and is also a best-selling author. Fun fact: Jen and I have been blogging for the same about of time. And just to recap, she’s a best-selling author. I’m reviewing her book. You know, just in case your were unsure about how much of a slacker I really am.
Ahem. Moving on…
Jen’s new book is Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers and Other Seasonal Scourges. I’m not a super fan of the holidays so I thought, “Hey, that sounds like my kind of book.” I was not disappointed.
I should warn you: despite the title, there is no violence in this book. So if that’s what you’re looking for, keep looking. Also it isn’t all Christmas all the time – some other holidays sneak their way in to this book, too. But if you have someone in your life that goes all out for Christmas, or say, has a collection of Christmas tchotchkes that would make a hoarder gasp, then this book is for you. If your child has ever messed up your gift-giving plans by deciding at the last minute that he or she has “changed her mind”, then this book is for you. If you are anything like me and did not purchase your first Christmas (or Halloween or Easter or Thanksgiving) decorations until after you had children, then this book is probably for you.
What I enjoyed most about Jen’s book is how relatable she is. I feel like she could be a mom in my neighborhood or at my kids’ school. The other thing that really drew me in was, even through her complaints and funny stories, you can tell how much she loves her family. I especially felt that was true in the stories about her “overachieving” mom and her Christmastime efforts.
My Christmases growing up were nothing like Jen’s, but I could still appreciate her experiences. As I read, they played out in my mind like a sitcom with flashbacks. Her versions of the dialogue when she is recounting moments from her past and tales of Suburban Motherhood are chuckle-worthy for sure.
Add a few copies of Jen Mann’s Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers and Other Seasonal Scourges to your shopping list this holiday season. It will be a winner at gift exchanges or for teacher gifts — especially for GenXers — and may prove to be a guilty pleasure for its recipients.
*I was given a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. Thank you, Random House!
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