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Little Weirds

3.96  ·  Rating details ·  376 ratings  ·  104 reviews
Hello and welcome to my book. Inside you will find:

× The smell of honeysuckle

× Heartbreak

× A French-kissing rabbit

× A haunted house

× Death

× A vagina singing sad old songs

× Young geraniums in an ancient castle

× Birth

× A dog who appears in dreams as a spiritual guide ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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i love jenny slate and i can't wait to have this book in my brain.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Does anyone have a more distinct voice than Jenny Slate? This book of what I will call micro essays (micro memoir?) discuss a lot of topics from small observations, relationships and dating, silliness, feminism, and childhood. My absolute favorite is the one where she died listening.

Thanks to the publisher for giving me access through Edelweiss. It comes out November 5, 2019.
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I read this book in one sitting, and was transformed. Yes, I had a transformative experience while in the middle seat of an American Airlines red-eye. This is nonfiction magical realism. Jenny is my witch godmother and this is her spellbook. Jenny’s magic is reaching into the multiverse of her heart, gripping an emotion and pulling it into reality. Emotion-magic is a croissant who makes a wish, a castle named Karen, a dog with flowers on his face. Weird and wonderful and full of discovery, this ...more
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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I don’t really know if Little Weirds will work for everyone, but boy oh boy did it work for me. To begin with, let’s take a gander at the cover . . . .

Oh, it’s just so perfect. And the insides pretty much match the outside. It’s just a jumble of truly “little weirds” conjured up by Jenny Slate’s oddball brain. (Spoiler alert: I had no clue she was such a wordsmith, but wowza does she know h
Courtney Toderash
Jul 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I already appreciated Jenny Slate. I had my ideal version of a night out seeing her perform a few years ago. I walked away from her stand up performance feeling light and airy and ready to act and honour myself, which doesn’t necessarily happen to me after a night of comedy. In the aftermath I saw the woman I am (and maybe I want to be?!) more clearly.

Her book is a continuation of that feeling. Reading something that doesn’t shy away from naked talk of love (even going as far as expressing the
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok
LITTLE WEIRDS by Jenny Slate was a case of the book not living up to the beautiful cover.

I’m a fan of Jenny Slate’s so I was really excited when a galley of her new book came in. And then I was so disappointed by the content. This feels like a book that is trying way to hard to be literary and special. It is incredibly overwritten, filled mostly with confusing metaphors and I found myself getting to the end of each piece feeling empty. What she is trying to say gets so lost behind th
Maggie Chidester
Oct 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Thank you For the ALC for an honest review. I adored this book!!!! It is goofy, wild, weird (duh), warm, feminist, hilarious, sad, and everything possible in between. Audio is pristine because Jenny Slate has the most soothing and confident, quirky voice.
Oct 07, 2019 rated it liked it
Memoir? Poetry? Musings? Daydreams?
Maybe a little bit of everything. It was amusing and weird. I felt like I was watching a one woman stage play.
Aug 05, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Comedians writing autobiographies” is not a new concept anymore. Jenny Slate succeeds in that she makes her writing new and different. Starting with ghost stories and ending with what ifs, she creates a book that dives into her dreams and insecurities. While society might deem her “quirky” or “manic-pixie-whatever”, you as the reader get a sense of her as a fully realized person and woman. I really enjoyed Slate’s ~little~ ~weirds~!!!
Astounding. Longer review to come.
Sep 14, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This book is a rollercoaster. If I called it a memoir, I'm afraid you would picture something entirely different. Yet, after having read it, you feel like you know Jenny Slate's life in as meaningful a way as if you'd read a straightforward autobiography instead of a pastiche of impressions and recollections arranged in a comical, poetical, yet also sorrowful manner. In 2019, as I write this, it seems a brave and generous thing to put something personal and artistic into the world. It inspired m ...more
Crystal Hicks
Sep 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I don’t like to say that a writer has a unique or singular voice, because all the best ones do. But in this case, I honestly can’t think of another writer who embraces a similar level of sheer lunacy, and I mean that in the very best way. Miranda July certainly approaches it, but it’s July’s casual dismissal of norms and expectations that sets her apart. Slate’s childlike playfulness with language is more poetic. And funny. It’s not laugh out loud funny, more of a snort-giggle funny. (Except for ...more
Oct 04, 2019 rated it it was amazing
If you are looking for one of those classic funny memoirs by a lady comedian (à la Bossypants, Yes Please, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? etc.) do not read this book. You will be disappointed. HOWEVER: if you are looking for a book that is absolutely strange and 100% weird and completely beautiful and so funny at times you will actually LOL while riding the T and so sad at times that you will START CRYING ON A STATIONARY BIKE IN THE MIDDLE OF THE GYM then this is the book for you. It is abs ...more
Afton Montgomery
Oct 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
Jenny Slate is SUCH A WEIRDO, and it’s the most delightful and refreshing thing in the world. I felt like I was getting lighter with every page of this book. There’s so much about bodies and humans and being women that we never say, and to experience someone saying it all as if it’s just regular was so so relieving. I love this book also for Slate’s completely unabashed obsession with the pure magic of the natural and animal worlds. I want to hug her!!
Morelia (Strandedinbooks)
Jenny Slate must be protected at all costs!

This was such a unique memoir, the writing and stories that I am not used to, but of course, are so uniquely Jenny’s. Her views on life and society really hit you deep and she kinda almost made me cry towards the end there.

This woman’s mind is amazing and I am so glad she wrote her own book and shared a piece of it with us. I LOVE YOU, JENNY!!!

“You protect yourself and all the little weirds that make up who you
Oct 12, 2019 added it
"In the last light of a long day, I sit on a chair on my porch and watch the sky drain colors down and out and I realize I want to hear my voice and only mine. Not the voice of my voice within a cacophony of old pains. Just mine, now."

I am loath to ever give a book a low number of stars, especially a memoir. Books are so much work and come from a place deep in one's soul. And who am I to judge that? And at the same time, there are books that connect with me and books that don't. This
this book is the best friend that gives you a big, long hug and tells u that everything's gonna be okay but also tells u to get dressed, get out of ur house, and get ur shit together. i loved it.
Jun 28, 2019 rated it it was amazing
One of the deepest explorations of what someone’s internal self feels like. Thoughtful and sweet and absurd and so enjoyable
laura (bookies & cookies)
One of my FAVORITE books of the year. Non-fiction memoir meets magical realism, um WOW

The audiobook arc was provided to me at no cost by in exchange for an honest review.
Jun 26, 2019 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2019
I am so torn on this one. The first half (fully 49%) was so incredibly bizarre and random and feminist-stream-of-slightly-deranged-consciousness mixed with like, nonfiction magical realism? and NOT AT ALL my thing. I told myself "okay, just get to 50% and you can DNF it." But then 50% was in the middle of her Norway story and I love Norway and I kept reading to finish that story and then I finished the whole book and quite liked the second half. So I guess that averages out to a solid three star ...more
Aug 30, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is emotional murder.

(Full disclosure: I received a free e-ARC for review through Edelweiss.)

I was born in the stacks in the Columbia University Library. I was born in shin-guards on a soccer field on a chilly little Saturday morning in the 1980s and I was too scared to even feel the sting of the ball on the inside of my shoe. I was born during tennis. I was born as a backyard swimming pool and my twin sister is an orange Popsicle and my mother is a bowl of pickles and my father is a hamburger.

("I Was Born: The List")

I think, WelList")

Lolly K Dandeneau
via my blog:
'I was born bucking the idea that I should have to be anywhere that I don’t like or talk to people who make me feel dead or trapped.'

Jenny Slate is an actress, comedian, author and in a collaboration with director Dean Fleischer-Camp created Marcel the Shell With Shoes On. It’s adorable, I have a thing for stop motion and it has also become a book series. That aside, I have only been aware of Jenny Slate
Jun 22, 2019 rated it it was amazing

“I was born on the boundary line between cold and hot, at the intersection of the two elements that make a clap of thunder.” I loved this book with my whole heart, but be forewarned that this is not your typical memoir. Jenny’s writing is equal parts poetic, lyrical, funny, , magical, fanciful, and beautiful and I wanted to savor the time I spent with the book. She explains early on that writing this was a form of therapy for her, and she lays her soul bare on the page. I related to so much of t
Lauren Hopkins
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is a book you're either going to fall in love with, or absolutely hate. At first, I thought I'd side with hate. A few sentences in, I was like god this is so flowery and pretentious, just say what you're trying to say!!! But then I realized this isn't like books that are flowery in a pretentious way, and that flowery is okay if it's genuine and the author's real voice. Every word on every page screams "Jenny Slate wrote me" and this book is so undeniably HER that it CAN'T be pretentious, be ...more
Ramona Mead
Oct 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing
Wow...How do I even begin to describe this book? Well...I can say you will LOVE it or you will HATE it. There doesn't appear to be much middle ground in the reviews.

This book is weird in the most wonderful way possible. It's kind of like stream of consciousness writing and kind of like poetry, yet it's neither of those.

This is a collection of essays and stories about being a human woman, living on this planet, loving lots of things, and having a heart that is vulnerable to being broken. The wr
Oct 16, 2019 rated it really liked it
I don’t care for books written by famous people so I never bother to read them. I’m not sure what drew me to Slate’s Little Weirds—maybe she exists in that sweet celebrity space where she’s known for funny and quirky characters but her personal life isn’t on constant display. Or maybe it was just that random George Saunders blurb praising her work. (Uh, okay, yeah, it was the second one.) Slate surprised me with this magical-realism-tinged memoir. It was good. It made me cry. I love/hate when that happens!< ...more
Nov 12, 2019 rated it really liked it
I liked the title and thought this book looked interesting. And: it was.
It will not be everyone's cup of tea (some deny their weirds!! little ones and even big ones. or at least, do not appreciate them properly), but if you like it you will like it a lot.

She has a special gift for expressing her own weirdness. It is very heartfelt - I laughed and cried, and thought: I would not have expressed it that way, but I get you. And from now on, occasionally: I die.

If what this
Katherine Mary
Nov 10, 2019 rated it really liked it
“Information about art and nature feels like the best stuff to have, and if you have it, it is powerful and excellent to pass it on.”

Thank you Jenny Slate for passing on your wisdom, musings and daydreams of this world.
Thank you to’s ALC program for the opportunity to listen to the absolute treasure. Jenny

Slate’s distinct voice and style made me feel like I was listening to a friend. She is one of the actors/authors that I feel could be a “friend in my head”, in that,
Toni Barnard
Nov 07, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Little Weirds by Jenny Slate is a series of essays in which the actor/comedian describes events from her life as well as her thoughts on feminism, love, and the pursuit of happiness.

At times the writing is...a little weird. At other times, it can be a little over-the-top. Her work is infused with a kind of magic and surrealism; in one essay she channels Kafka, except instead of becoming an insect, our heroine becomes a croissant.

I certainly had moments where it all seemed
Oct 17, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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This was an interesting read/listen a bit different. It was a quick and short read with some humor, reflection and memoir type stories. It reminded me a bit of a one-woman play of sorts.
The first 1/3-1/2 of the book was sort of random except I connected more to some bits but after the first half, I found more to connect with and then with the last few chapters, I found it enlightening and connected quite a bit to that part.
It's a bit like a collection of mini-memoir essays that talk
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Jenny Sarah Slate is an American actress, stand-up comedian, and author best known as the creator of the Marcel the Shell With Shoes On short films, which was also spun off into a children's book. She is also known for her season as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 2009 to 2010, as well as for her recurring roles on House of Lies, Parks and Recreation, Bob's Burgers, and Kroll Show. She m ...more
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“I am tired of sinking down to a lower place to be with men. I am tired of throwing a tarp over some of my personality so that the shape of my identity suits some gross man a little better for whatever shitty things he needs to do in order to keep his boring identity erect and supreme.” 3 likes
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