10.22.2013

Latest Netgalley Reads

I've been reading a whole lot of memoirs lately. I love peeking into the lives of others and especially enjoy it if they are around my age and I can relate to their '80s childhood and '90s teen years. I had never heard of these three authors before, but two of them are definitely favorites now and I'm on the hunt for their previous books.


Eating My Feelings: Tales of Overeating, Underperforming, and Coping with My Crazy Family by Mark Rosenberg I loved this easy, breezy book from the introduction. My future BFF (a current writer for The Huffington Post) spoke of his love of Clueless, Britney Spears, Melrose Place, Erica Cane, In Living Color, and well, food. He was an overweight child with a weird family dynamic and turned some of his strange and sometimes sad situations into hilarious stories. The second half of his book focused more on stories of living in NYC, searching for a boyfriend, and staying in shape. I really loved his snark, crass, and ability to laugh at himself. I need to pick up his first book, Blackouts and Breakdowns now! 


Don't Worry, It Gets Worse: One Twentysomething's (Mostly Failed) Attempts at Adulthood by Alida Nugent I think Alida is a very talented, funny writer, but I may have been too old for this book. I was excited to read it because she lived my dream: moving to NYC after college graduation. The experiences she shared were very typical of a broke twenty-something struggling to find her place and a decent job. In her essays she was able to make fun of herself, but also got serious and discussed feelings about growing up and how strange and emotional that feels. I can see why people are comparing this book to HBO's Girls. I did relate to a degree, it's just been a while for me. Instead of having TV shows and movies from the '90s in common with me, she discussed Daria, Mean Girls, and Arrested Development, which I appreciate, just as an adult.  


Shut Up, You're Welcome: Thoughts on Life, Death, and Other Inconveniences by Annie Choi I finished this book in a day and a half! Annie is laugh out loud hilarious and the stories she told about her family make me want to move in with them, or at least accompany them on a road trip across America. Annie sets up each chapter with an open letter, which aren't that funny, but follows with a story about her childhood experiences and adult relationship with her Korean parents that had me cracking up. Even her know-it-all brother made me laugh, maybe because I imagine my son becoming just like him! She's witty, clever, snarky, and endearing and I loved her writing style. 

I received these books from NetGalley for review purposes.

5 comments:

Jen @ That's What She Read said...

ugh I am so jealous I want to read these! I have been craving a good memoir forever! Ive also been craving time to read in the worst way possible! I just started The Circle. It's really good so far!

Karen M. Peterson said...

These sound like some good books. I'll have to check them out. I'm always down for a well-written memoir.

Kristine said...

These all look great! I'm loving how the first book sounds but I'm so weird about male authors... I never read anything by them. I know, I know, I'm not normal, ha.

Kat@shop.school.sleep. said...

why do i not get these on net galley?! i still need to do my reviews!! haha the first 2 sound really good :)

Jo said...

The first one and the last one sounds really good! Adding to my list right now!