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Much to Your Chagrin: A Memoir of Embarrassment

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People who don't have embarrassing stories are untrustworthy. Or at the very least, they aren't telling the truth. -- Suzanne Guillette

By your own definition, you are very, very trustworthy. After all, you are the kind of person who spills pasta sauce down the shirt of a famous writer you're trying to impress. You are the girl who, when taking a new mentor out for a fanc
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Hardcover, 432 pages
Published March 10th 2009 by Atria Books (first published 2009)
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Jenny
While not the most riveting book I've ever read - nor the book that I expected when this was selected by our book club as June's book - I did enjoy it and found that it went quickly overall.

I was a little put off by how much time was spent on Jack (and I'm looking forward to asking the author in person who this guy was in real-life since she thanks "Real Jack" at the end, inferring that "Book Jack" was exaggerated). At the same time, us women can become so obsessed with one person, it was actual
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Dominique
What starts like an airplane read of flighty, though somehow alien, movement a' la "Sex and the City" insidiously transforms itself into a deeper, more thought-provoking read. Filled with fun stories, arching eye brows, and a vibrant hum to NY life that isn't the depressing world of drugs and rock n' roll nor the Nanny diary/prada world of empty-headed millionaires. I especially enjoyed the last third of the book and am now trying to figure out what the author's plan was in how she wrote the fir ...more
Shaktima Brien
I love the mirror effect, -- all what human beings have to go through to learn and grow up. I wish the book would be written with the personal pronoun "I", but nevertheless, the ride is enjoyable, reminding me sometimes of "Sex and the City", where an author opens her mind, heart and psyche to better understand the feminine psyche in modern times. I would classify "Much to your Chagrin" in the category of Literary Fiction. Like my novel "Angelina and Men", the book reveals the intimate process o ...more
Kristen
Good summer read, definitely a book for self-reflecting. I found it to be a mix of Sex and the City and Eat Pray Love, the story of a city girl in the fast-paced society who finds herself while writing a book on others' embarrassments. I can see this as a movie, maybe even a spoof on "He's Just Not That Into You." There were times I felt like I wanted a little more, the Jack part sort of dragged for me, but hey isn't that ambivalence for you? It is relate-able for any 20 something out there sear ...more
Andrew
Disclaimer: I am friends with the author - so one can take my comments with a grain of salt (not that they are worth much more normally). Although never one to pick up "chick lit" - I thought this was a page-turning memoir. I'm not usually a fan of books written in the second person, but that method really worked for this particular book and after a few chapters I didn't notice it as much. Despite all of her conflicting emotions, embarassing situations and generally crazy life, you end up pullin ...more
Deema
I read the unedited copy of this book last year and I'm reading it again right now with big smiles. I connect to this book, maybe partly b/c it's written in the 2nd person, but also Suzanne's writing style is so inviting and present. Every page is so visual that I could easily see this book translated into film. It's fresh and honest and it touches on so many universal uncertainties, making this book a source of comfort and laughter in so many different ways.
Amy
Loved this book, although many times I wanted to scream "stay with Marco!" I grew up with the author and at times had to remind myself this wasn't a book of fiction but rather someone I once knew. Very surreal! It was a great memoir of a women's journey to discover herself through many failed relationships and family issues. Very we'll written and very funny. I could it as a movie, reminded me a little of Bridget Jones Diary.
Diandra
Goodness, this is a good one! Probably one of the best memoirs I've read in a long, long, long time. At the end, I truly forgot it was a memoir and just loved the character of Suzanne. It wasn't until I was reading the afterword that I remembered this wasn't a fiction book. A-maze-ing.
Lori
It was a quick and easy read but it wasn't really about embarrasing moments - more of a love story. The whole Jack thing really dragged for me. I had a hard time getting through part 2. She seems a little borderline to me, no? Overall, its an easy beach read....
Stephanie
interesting read. well-written. wanted more meaty stories and insight into writer. felt at times she was making things more profound than needed. however, quite refreshing persepctive on life!
Erin Barnes
It passed the time in the middle of the night - I kept thinking I'd much rather be reading a memoir detailing the strange childhood she keeps mentioning throughout the book...
Lynn
Loved this book but surprised at how easily people would tell her their most embarrassing moments.
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Suzanne Guillette is a teacher and writer, whose work has appeared in
Tin House, SELF, Publisher’s Weekly, Time Out New York and elsewhere.
Her first book, Much to Your Chagrin: A Memoir of Embarrassment, was
released in March. Suzanne holds a Bachelor's in Philosophy and a
Master's of Fine Arts in Creative Non-fiction. She lives in Brooklyn.
More about Suzanne Guillette...
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