Jen Mann, of the blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat, which I had never heard of until this book. How can that be? I love blogs that don’t get by on craftiness alone. Plus, based on this book, she hates the Elf on a Shelf. She’s my kinda girl! I don’t hate the elf so much, as I am just indifferent too him, but that also means he has no place in my house. I do enough to make Christmas fun for my kids. Why should I add one more thing that’s all about me doing more work? What is up with these woman who have elves that ‘create’ these huge messes? Why would you make a huge mess, just to have to clean it up the next day? You people are crazy. No thank you.
Anyways….About the book.
“In this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann, nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, turns her mordant wit on the holidays. On Mann’s naughty list: mothers who go way overboard with their Elf on the Shelf, overzealous carolers who can’t take a hint, and people who write their Christmas cards in the third person (“Joyce is enjoying Bunko. Yeah, Joyce, we know you wrote this letter.”). And on her nice list . . . well, she’s working on that one. Here, no celebration is off-limits. The essays include:
• You Can Keep Your Cookies, I’m Just Here for the Booze
• Nice Halloween Costume. Was Skank Sold Out?
• Why You Won’t Be Invited to Our Chinese New Year Party
From hosting an ill-fated Chinese New Year party, to receiving horrible gifts from her husband on Mother’s Day, to reluctantly telling her son the truth about the Easter Bunny, Mann knows the challenge of navigating the holidays while keeping her sanity intact. And even if she can’t get out of attending another Christmas cookie exchange, at least she can try again next year.”
I really liked this. 5 stars. This is great to read and make yourself feel better about your crazy family or to give so someone else feels ok about their crazies. She has another book called People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges. That one is now on my to-read list as well.
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