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if i knew, don't you think i'd tell you?: Selected Journals

3.87  ·  Rating Details ·  142 Ratings  ·  16 Reviews
From cat food to death, bra size to spirituality, family to goose poop (yes, goose poop), these are the journals of Canadian recording artist Jann Arden. Her writing is wry and insightful, confessional and compassionate. Also included in if i knew, don't you think i'd tell you? are Jann's line drawings and open spaces inviting readers to think out loud, be human, draw, emo ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published October 15th 2002 by Insomniac Pr (first published January 1st 2002)
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Selena Robins
Jul 07, 2015 Selena Robins rated it it was amazing
I love Jann Arden's music, so when I came across this book at the Library I was excited to read it.

Jann could have her own stand-up comedy show, and it would be a hit. Her wit comes across in this short journal. It's like reading a good friend's entries, as you are swept into her mind, as she shares about her life, her family, her creativity and her journey as one of Canada's top musical talents.

As well as entertaining, she keeps it real, and as she does on stage or in an interview she comes acr
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MsClaire
Mar 06, 2014 MsClaire rated it really liked it
I loved this book, for its honesty and humor.

I always thought Jan Arden would be an interesting person to meet in real life so it was wonderful to discover that her writings have this way of making you feel you have met her.

I am not big on biographies, but her journal is wonderful and quirky peek into her past in a pleasing way.

Jann is not only a good lyricist, and singer, but she writes a good read as well.
Gisele
Mar 27, 2016 Gisele rated it it was amazing
I am a long time Jann Arden fan...just saw her in concert in September 2014. I loved this book! The selected journals portrayed Jann Arden much as I'd imagined she would be...funny and genuine. The entries were varied; some were funny, others somber and sad, most were touching and poignant... much food for thought. A wonderful read!
Susan
Jann Arden likes words, dislikes rain, and thinks her mother and father are 'the best parents ever!!' with an 'I-think-she-doth-protest-too-much' level of enthusiasm. She also thinks we should all be more spiritual (religious?) and nicer to each other.

Should I mention that it irritates me when people say mean things then protest 'just joking!'? They virtually never are...
Debra Komar
Aug 29, 2014 Debra Komar rated it really liked it
A very pleasant surprise. Normally, "journals" are naval gazing exercises in ego but this one is more poetic, thoughtful and laugh out loud funny than that. She is not afraid to share some darkness and her moods fluctuate with the tides - very human. I wish the illustrations were larger - tough to see the doodles sometimes.
Mike
Jun 12, 2015 Mike rated it really liked it
I am from the boomer club too! A lot of her thoughts and words resonated with mine.
She shoots from the lip ... A straight shooter who calls it out loud!
It's a journal. An easy read and funny with just the right twist of sarcasm and drama.
I'd recommend it!
Anne Marie
Jul 30, 2011 Anne Marie rated it it was amazing
Fun, thankful, grateful, sad, real, original, intense, her observations about human nature and candour regarding her own thoughts and feelings are refreshingly honest and are much needed inspiration in anyone's life.....beautiful. Thanks for your courage, jann!
Crystal
Jun 27, 2015 Crystal rated it really liked it
Quick and easy ready, I've always thought Jann Arden hilarious. This doesn't disappoint. Also poetic and emotional at times.
Brian Bradley
Oct 21, 2013 Brian Bradley rated it it was amazing
Easy read - but uplifting.
Pikasam
Dec 01, 2009 Pikasam rated it it was amazing
I laughed and cried my way through this book. I'm amazed at some of her insights. And her understanding of cats.

Her diaries are now on her website, and still as funny as ever.
Eva
Jul 15, 2011 Eva rated it it was amazing
I am a huge fan of Jann Arden's and, just as in her lyrics, her soul is exposed in her words.
Mandy Vachon
Jul 06, 2013 Mandy Vachon rated it it was amazing
Huge fan of Jann Ardens, and I really enjoyed reading this book! :)
Donna
Oct 26, 2016 Donna rated it really liked it
Jann Arden: So profound one minute, so funny the next. She dredges up my memories with her vivid Alberta childhood recollections. She always makes me smile.
Shadoh
Dec 12, 2011 Shadoh rated it did not like it
disappointing, of interest only to herself, as journals are.
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