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Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations

3.3 of 5 stars 3.30  ·  rating details  ·  230 ratings  ·  56 reviews
Demonstrating Woody Allen's magical math equation, comedy = tragedy + time, a sensational collection of witty essays about life, love, hate, kids, work, school, and more from the author of The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Arm Candy

Jill Kargman is a mother, wife, and writer living the life in New York City . . . a life that includes camping out in a one-bedroom apartment with som
ebook, 192 pages
Published February 1st 2011 by HarperCollins e-books (first published January 14th 2011)
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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
Susan Olesen
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.
Leila Cohan-Miccio
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
Sasha Strader
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
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
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.
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...
P.J. Coldren
This is a quick read. There are moments that are laugh-out-loud funny. There are portions that speak to the outsider in us all, moments that resonate particularly for those of us who eventually reveled in that "otherness". Jill Kargman shares with us the hysterically funny moments of her life, and the moments that only became funny years later. Again, something most of us can understand. If you want deep, it's there but you gotta dig for it. I enjoyed it.
McGuffy Morris

Jill Kargman has put together a collection of very funny and unique essays. Her topics of observations range from family and motherhood to things in her basic daily life.

Admittedly, Jill has a signature slang-style of speaking/writing. However, she is so entertaining that you can overlook it. She packs quite a bit of humor into a small and easily readable book.

This is a book that you will read and probably pass along to a BFF for a chuckle, as well. Enjoy!
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.
I know this book was supposed to be funny but I couldn’t help wondering why, if this woman is my age, she writes like a deranged twelve year-old? There were some bright spots, like the Most Blush-Inducing Moments chapter and the story about her daughter dropping the f-bomb, but I am not sure they compensated for the general irritating tone.
This had some great, funny moments, but overall it felt like Kargman was trying too hard. Some of the essays didn't really go anywhere and there were too many cutesy abbreviations ("'teria" for "bacteria"? really?) for my taste.
This memoir was SUPER irreverant which I love, but only if it's balanced with some heart, and this didn't really have that. Funny in parts, but not that great. A super quick read for the train though. It's very short.
A new fixation of mine - humorous essays and memoirs. While peppered with moments of political incorrectness, a good deal of laugh out loud moments make reading this collection (with a grain of salt) worthwhile.
Britt, Book Habitue
I was looking forward to this one, but after cringing my way through nearly 50 pages I realized I wasn't actually laughing enough for it to be worth all the profanity I was trying to ignore.

Copy received for review.
Jenn McRobbie
Jill Kargman is hilarious. I couldn't put the book down ... and kept waking my husband to read him the exceptionally funny parts (he was NOT thrilled ... but that's not Jill's fault, seriously).
This was a mostly amusing book of essays. Lots of semi-vulgar humor and mommy observations. Overall, I don't regret the time I spent reading but I wouldn't run out to force people to buy it.
witty and laugh-out-loud funny. Filled with some great soulful moments and wisdom. And my brother has a couple of cameos! I love Jill and this really captures her awesomeness.
she's hilariously funny. ah, that was redundant.. but oh well. you get the point.

bedbugs, walks a marathon in central park, advertising, new york city... all are so close to home!
This was funny at times, but it felt like she was trying too hard.

Also, for someone who claims to love gay people, she's too free with terms like "carpet muncher" and "tranny".
Amy Bergethon
Reading this book feels like reading a letter from your funny best friend. Had to take off a star because this friend needs a "swear jar" but other than that I thought it was great.
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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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