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Let's Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir

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Jenny Lawson

8 Hours 41 Minutes

Penguin Audio

April 2012

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From the New York Times–bestselling author of Furiously Happy.

When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.

In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.

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  • Nicki K.

    Grab an adult diaper and a glass of wine. Hysterical. However, I encourage you to buy the book because there's photo evidence this shit really happened. it may be hard to believe otherwise.

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  • Kelly M.

    Pretty funny. Nice light hearted no thinking involved.

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  • Kim F.

    I like the book. The author rambles on a lot… it has some very funny stories. Jenny narrates her own book and it reminds me a little of the Anna Kendrick memoir Scrappy Little Nobody. It is a memoir, but, the author rambles a lot about specific things in her own life… and hard to relate to. Once I realized she was a blogger, it made a lot more sense. She does tell stories including: growing up with a dad who was a taxidermist, getting married, miscarriages and having a child, her job as a writer / blogger, the death of her dog, her diagnosis of anxiety, etc. I notice that she tries to be funny, which is mildly funny- but not enough to be comedic... heavy sigh

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  • Mary K

    I love this book and it reminds me of some of the crazy stuff my sister and I did growing up in the south.

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  • Laura Berg

    Love this book! I laugh constantly and relive my own small town in the South growing up experience.

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  • Beth Carroll

    Would love to read this. I can't listen. Her voice is irritating

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  • Alonzo Kescoli

    Jenny Lawson is hilarious. I had to get use to people staring at me on the street because of how big my smile was, or that I was chuckling to myself. I live in Hollywood, so it wasn't too out of the ordinary. Excited for Furiously Happy.

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  • Liza

    Jenny Lawson is really funny, and awesome. Funnier than Tina Fey in Bossypants, definitely funnier than any of Jen Lancaster's books. She is funny and she is going to make you laugh out loud. She's also pretty crazy, but in the good way. I was finding out that I am not the kind of a person that loves this type of books, because they start nicely and witty and funny and then become boring and dry (and I-am-so-full-of-myself and I-have-so-many-awesome-famous-people-that-I-know). This is one is passing with flying colors, it is funny at the beginning, the middle and the end (and mostly does not include boring parts). And it is also different than the rest of the funny-memoir genre, because Lawson has extremely interesting and strange view of life and a serial-killer sense of humor :) Not a must read, but will make you laugh, almost full 4 stars. And (hard to believe) better than Amy Poehler in Yes Please.

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  • fay sampson

    This was a book club read and I was not at all excited about it BUT I was wrong....this book is hilarious and I totally plan on reading her follow up book.

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  • Stacy Strong

    I read this as opposed to listening to the audio book. I laughed so hard at one point during a plane ride that I was asked to be quiet. Hilarious if you are a follower of @TheBloggess

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