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Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations From An Odd Mom Out: Essays and Observations

3.4  ·  Rating Details ·  408 Ratings  ·  71 Reviews
The star of Bravo’s new comedy Odd Mom Out and author of The Ex Mrs. Hedgefund and Wolves in Chic Clothing firmly believes in Woody Allen’s magical math equation: Comedy = Tragedy + Time. Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut is a delightful collection of essays and observations based on Jill Kargman’s family, her phobias (vans, mimes, clowns), and her ability to use humor as a tool ...more
ebook, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 14th 2011)
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Emily
Mar 19, 2011 Emily rated it it was ok
I picked this up because I love the title and her chick lit books are kind of fun if you live in NYC and know the social system. However, this was embarrassingly bad, with only a few small exceptions. Kargman is a mom of 3 and there was so much cursing throughout this book that it really looked like she was trying WAY too hard to not sound like a mom. Sorry, it backfired. Also, she uses these really cringe-inducing nicknames/abbreviations for things that are just too awkward and unheard of to be ...more
Sarah
Mar 23, 2014 Sarah rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
While Kargman has a number of hilarious anecdotes, I feel that her attempts to be risqué overshadowed her sense of humor. I often had trouble slogging through treacherously long run-on sentences that resulted from Kargman trying to include so much profane or crass language. I'm no prude. I can get behind a well-placed f-bomb or worse. I usually find inappropriate humor to be the most funny, too. But here, Kargman just took it to an extreme that undermined both her written clarity and her punchli ...more
Erin
Aug 16, 2011 Erin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book comes with a disclaimer- if you are uncomfortable reading books with strong sometimes crude language and humor, this book is not for you. And I realize that is more of a warning than a disclaimer. Kargman is hysterically funny to me, but I know that not everyone enjoys reading certain words or about certain situations. So I want to put that out there.

Kargman's book made me laugh out loud - I had to put this book down until my husband got home, just so I could share the funny parts with
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Leila Cohan-Miccio
Apr 27, 2011 Leila Cohan-Miccio rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: memoir
Even if you don't know the woman who wrote this essay collection, you know the woman who wrote this essay collection. She proclaims herself "a gay man trapped in a woman's body" (but is put off by lesbians with their "mullets and shoe boots"), uses words like "freakage," and has sassy friends who say "You're back!" when, after a sad spell, she starts singing songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch loudly on the street like a fucking ninth grade drama club member on their first trip to New York. She ...more
Tammy Henkle perkins
I loved this book pure entertainment I could relate in so many issues..I read this just for fun and now I will see if she has anything else
Sasha Strader
Jan 29, 2011 Sasha Strader rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Nobody
Wow. I would love to say I was bowled over by the humor in this book, but really I was just amazed at the amount of profanity and the usage of teen-like slang. The stories underneath were good, but I had a hard time getting past a woman who is presumably in her 30s at least dropping F bombs at least twice a paragraph (among other obscenities) and using such lovely language as "Natch" (meaning "naturally").

I was going to send this along to my aunt when I finished it, but frankly I think she'd was
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Michelle
I definitely recommend this as an audiobook rather than reading the hard copy or ebook. There is so much slang and strange turns of phrases that would be endlessly distracting if I had read this but listening to it read by the author put just the right inflections on every sentence so it felt like a conversation and I could let some of the ridiculous language choices go. This was a sometimes funny, sometimes honest, sometimes over-the-top collection of stories from the author's life. It was ente ...more
Jane
Nov 20, 2012 Jane rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: abandoned, essays, humor
I didn't expect a lot from this book. Not five stars or even four. All I hoped for was a solid 3. How can you go wrong with humorous essays? I thought it was a rhetorical question but the answer is, when the essays are not funny. I couldn't even continue reading the book. The thing makes it even worse is that it was so obvious that the author thought she was hilarious.
Paul
Jun 09, 2015 Paul rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is a rollicking, hysterical book. Kargman writes like a talented maniac. She has hilarious scenes, such as the Seder she attended where a black choir came out and sang "My God" to the tune of "My Girl." She makes up abbreviations like 'teria for bacteria that are hilarious and easy to figure out. Some of the things that have happened to her in her 35-plus years are just unbelievably funny. "You can't make this shit up," she says repeatedly. Woody Allen is her hero, and she writes like a baw ...more
Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews
Perfect title for this book....the stories were definitely nutty. Events from childhood, college, and beyond...the stories just kept coming.

Jill told stories about everyday happenings and her likes and dislikes....imagine having gasoline as your favorite smell. Once it was mentioned, her observations and memories had you recalling a story about yourself and a similar situation. The glossary at the beginning of the book was quite funny and set the tone. My favorite section was titled Obsessed/De
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Jenny O.
Some of us mommies don't fit in with the others. We paint our nails black, or wear converse. We say inappropriate things or don't participate in fundraisers. Sometimes we roll our eyes at school administrators or cut in the car line. You would think we'd have learned by now how to fit in a little more. How to keep our mouths closed from time to time. How to be an adult.

For those of you who rail against conformity, I recommend you read this book: Jill Kargman's Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essay
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Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)
A snarky good humored comedy written in the form of small essays or short stories. I loved the variety of topics she covered from her childhood to raising her own children. I felt as thought I got to know her a little better and chuckled when I absolutely related to her crazy thoughts.

Hoping not to offend anyone - my favorite topic she covered was her love for the gay men community. Now some of you may now, I share her great love for this community. When I lived in my former city of Charlotte, N
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Alice Bola
I love to laugh. Really, doesn't everyone? I looked forward to reading Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut so I could laughing my way through these essays and observations. I was expecting good writing tinged with humor and wit. I'm pleased to say I got that. This is the perfect little book to carry about in your purse or backpack, the kind you take out when you are waiting in line or have a few minutes to yourself or need a good laugh.

Ms. Kargman covered a variety of topics from her kids to marriage t
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Rhonda
Jun 09, 2015 Rhonda rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a hilarious, authentic look at motherhood from the perspective of a New York mom of three. The stories are almost too funny to be true; but as a mom myself, I know how true they really are. The author is witty and wise, a little too fond of the word "avec," and pretty foul-mouthed (be prepared for liberal usage of the f-word and sometimes the c-word). She is also very real and hysterically, deliciously funny.
Tom Leland
If Goodreads' scale was 1-10, I'd give this book a 5 -- though many, many people would find it very funny. I just happen to tire easily of this style: nonstop spewing of witty wordplays and cultural references -- it's a way of communicating that also comes easily to me and so I suppose it's less unique to my mind. She would be a marvelous person to be friends, with, though.
Stacy
Jun 26, 2015 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good brain candy.

This is a funny book about being a mom and woman in NYC who lives among the wealthy. The stories pretend an outsider is peering in to a world of wealth as an outsider. However, the dialog is a bit contrived and the world the author describes could only be viewed by an insider.
Read it when you need to give your mind a break.
Susan
Jan 19, 2011 Susan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love folks with a wacky sense of humor, who can get through rough spots in life and always see the demented side. Jill Kargman definitely fills that bill. In SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A NUT, she steps away from her best-selling beach reads to write about her reflections on her life thus far. She shares her tales of being a mistfit in her East Coast prep school ("Wednesday Addams in Barbieland") to a beloved apartment in New York where she did a lot of real growing up to married life with kids, cra ...more
Joemmama
Apr 13, 2011 Joemmama rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Jill Kargman has written a funny, ironic book that says what we think, but do not say. The essays cover everything from mice in her apartment to becoming a "Spinning" addict. Funny as hell, I think she is a very good writer. Dealing with the competetive "Momzillas" of Manhattan with 3 kids of her own to contend with, as well, she maintains her sense of humor and makes us laugh with her.

Kargman is afraid of vans and clowns (I can relate-thank you Stephen King). She writes about her va-jay jay, ag
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Susan Olesen
May 23, 2014 Susan Olesen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Eh? Some funny bits but a B- book clogged by too much pop slang and too much NYC Synagogue for me to connect with. I should have passed. Maybe if you've lived in NYC all your life.
 Jim Melville
Aug 16, 2015 Jim Melville rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A laugh a, minute

Easy reading but thoroughly enjoyable honest and no holds barred. It has to be an autobiography, no-one could make up all of that.
Kevin
Jun 11, 2015 Kevin rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
not laugh out loud hilarious but very amusing.I think moms and women in general would be more appreciative of this book.Great for David Sedaris fans.
Jana Anthoine
Dec 13, 2015 Jana Anthoine rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious!

Read it in 2 hours! Laugh med out loud on the plane! I want to be her best friend forever.
Maura
Aug 01, 2015 Maura rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I highly recommend listening to the audio book. Her inflection is hilarious!
Jorie
Nov 18, 2015 Jorie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Hilarious--just like her show.
Chrissy
Jul 21, 2015 Chrissy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Cotton candy fun read.
Robin
Jul 27, 2015 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
cute short essays on motherhood, parenting etc
Jaime
Apr 16, 2012 Jaime rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nf_essays, 2012
I didn’t particularly care for this, but it was short so it wasn’t too painful. It’s more a collection of essays than a memoir, but that’s not really its problem either. I think the tone was just a little too rough for me. Crudeness and profanity really don’t bother me, but this just felt like she was looking for attention. I wasn’t familiar with Kargman before this, so perhaps it’s not the best introduction to her voice. The book definitely had its funny moments, but the other stuff just oversh ...more
Christina Karvounis
A lite, fun, one-night-read for fans of sarcastic humor and Jill Kargman. Good brain break!
Rease
Sep 15, 2012 Rease rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
While I found this book funny at times, I also felt like it was trying way too hard. There were so many unnecessary words like "natch" or the obsession use of "avec" instead of just saying with. It was kind of like the movie Juno but it was an adult and more annoying. I bought this book hoping for a funny, light read to break up all the serious stuff I read. I wouldn't say it quite did that. I do enjoy the blunt humor though, you can tell the author is a rough around the edges type.
Melissa
Apr 19, 2011 Melissa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Provided plenty of LOL moments. Quick read full of funny stories about crappy first jobs and feeling like an outsider because of what you look like or your taste in music(or musicals, as the case may be.)Especially enjoyed the "letter to my old apartment." Who hasn't lived somewhere that they loved and hated equally, that made them who they are. My favorite line from that essay, "If only I had a crystal ball, I would have enoyed our time together much more." So true, so true...
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Jill Kargman is deathly afraid of clowns. And mimes. Wait, mimes are worse. She lives in New York City where she writes magazine articles and trashy novels and enjoys wrap sandwiches. She is the author of teen books Bittersweet Sixteen, Summer Intern, and Jet Set, plus some excellent grown-up books. And by grown-up books she doesn't mean porn; she means not young adult but plain old adult. Her art ...more
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