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Little Weirds

3.93  ·  Rating details ·  3,718 ratings  ·  733 reviews
Hello and welcome to my book. Inside you will find:

The smell of honeysuckle


A French-kissing rabbit

A haunted house


A vagina singing sad old songs

Young geraniums in an ancient castle


A dog who appears in dreams as a spiritual guide


Electromagnetic energy fields

Emotional horniness

The ghost of a sea captain

And more

I hope you enjoy these
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published November 5th 2019 by Little, Brown and Company
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while i was reading this, i had to stop for a moment, close it, put it down, take a breath, and whisper to myself: oh, my gosh. i love this so much.

review to come / 5 stars


i am 11 pages into this book and i already know i've never read anything like it in all my life.


i love jenny slate and i can't wait to have this book in my brain.
When I picked up a copy of this book it came with a tiny acorn that I nestled behind my sternum. With each page I turned and each word I read, it watered the acorn which eventually started to grow. Little sprouts kicked out of each side of its hard, brown shell and wrapped their tender arms around my heart and gave my lungs a big hug. Eventually it grew limbs that spread down through the cavity of my chest, leaves pressing to fight their way out through my skin and reach the sun. I felt a branch ...more
☘Misericordia☘ ~ The Serendipity Aegis ~  ⚡ϟ⚡ϟ⚡⛈ ✺❂❤❣
The case of 'little weird' being a tad too weird.
And that vagina was really singing. And dancing. Kidding.

We start at 5 stars:
-> (-1 star) The miraculous singing vagina.
I Died: The Sad Songs of My Vagina …
My vagina never sang the Andrews Sisters, like it could have. It didn’t even croon out any Perry Como. It was just Jo Stafford “Keep It a Secret” and sometimes it sang “Ghost Town” in a minor key, with a lot of snark. (c)

-> A very bad case of poor understanding of history (-1 star):
Mar 07, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Looky looky – it’s the annual “Kelly Actually Posts a Review of a Book on #pubday” post!

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

Why you might not like this book: It's weird. It is strange and rambling and exudes a certain kind of earnest energy I can see rubbing some people the wrong way. It is part collection of essays and part memoir and part micro fiction all at once.

Why I loved this book: While reading this, I felt like I was having competing experiences: it was both surreal and heartbreakingly, achingly real. It was magical realism and non-fiction. It was at times so bright and hopeful and at times all of my
Dec 21, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
"At the premiere screening [of the film '2001: A Space Odyssey'], 241 people walked out of the theater, including [movie star] Rock Hudson, who said 'Will someone please tell me what the hell this is about?'" -- from the IMDb trivia page

The anecdote about Mr. Hudson's frustration popped into my head as I struggled to finish Little Weirds. Actress Jenny Slate's collection of essays seemed way too rambling and/or self-indulgent, and containing absolutely zero "unexpected laughs," although actress
Jenny (Reading Envy)
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.
Jul 06, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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 the language
Nov 04, 2019 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Am I old or is Jenny Slate a lot? Or is it both? Maybe it's both. Whatever it was, this book fucking exhausted me.
"Look! Look at this woman who is both the emergency and the relief. Let me be both (I have no choice.) Give in. Fall apart. Look at the pieces. Reassemble. This is the essential movement of my holy flux."

this book is the best friend that gives u 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.

It feels like Jenny Slate wrung her soul out into this book. And what a weird, beautiful little
Nov 13, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I want to be Jenny Slate’s best friend. Funny and entertaining read! Enjoyed reading this little book of essays so much. They were so amusing. The sandwich dream had me laughing. Just the thought of it!

This is a quick read and I highly recommend reading it.

Not really my cup of tea. It’s surreal and not what I expected. It’s not bad it just wasn’t really something I necessarily enjoyed or learned much from.

There were some really interesting lines and ideas in here, but also a lot of “nonsense.” In quotations because it was nonsense to me and may not be so for others.
Courtney Toderash
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
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.
Dec 07, 2019 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too quirky and corny for my tastes. The authorial voice is grating and the run-on sentences were excruciating. From time to time, here and there, something meaningful popped up, but it was soon drowned under a tsunami of self-indulgent monologues toeing the line between fact and fantasy.
At the end of the day I can't blame the author for her idiosyncrasies but I'm not entirely convinced that I am pre-disposed genetically to ever appreciate this type of work.
A quirky, dreamy take on the memoir genre.

Slate brings her signature oddball humor together with a meandering but articulate written voice that reads like a floaty fever dream.

Though I wish the narrative had skewed more toward self-deprecating than self-indulgent, Slate writes well enough to (mostly) get away with what is essentially a vanity project.

Some of the little weirds are better than others, but on the whole it’s an entertaining little piece of frippery, long enough to establish the
Cindy Holland
Nov 09, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was so looking forward to this book but I guess in book form the narcissism gets super grating. Her prose can be lovely but really needs to vary the subject matter to anything other than herself. Sorry to be a hater....
Kate Vocke (bookapotamus)
This is exactly what the title says. A bunch of little weirds. Little snippets, ramblings, thoughts, essays, monologues, lists. All very weird. I was confused. I laughed hysterically. I smiled. I don't know what I just read read but I kinda liked it. And Jenny Slates voice is up there with James Earl Jones and Morgan freeman. She can read the phonebook and I'll listen!
"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 doesn't
Nov 25, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, favorites
I want to be Jenny Slate's best friend.

This book is so wholesome and tender, and full of joy and aching. I held it close to my chest once I finished, as if trying to absorb some of its sweetness into myself. I really needed to read something like this at this moment of my life.
Maggie Chidester
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.
Nov 09, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
it's weird. i mean, it says so right on the cover. but i will say there were QUITE a number of times where i stopped and went over a phrase over and over and over again because it struck such a chord. that alone merits five stars, i think.
Nov 18, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh what a treasure. I’ve been a fan of Jenny Slate’s comedic adventures for years, and I bought this the first moment I was able.
What I received was a portrait of a woman’s true fears and feels, a refreshing command of language, and a smattering of zaniness.
Nov 17, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites
“I’d rather live with a tender heart, because that is the key to feeling the beat of all of the other hearts.”
Lauren Hopkins
Nov 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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, ...more
Sep 17, 2019 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Jesus Christ, this is overwritten, overwrought trash. Take every stereotype you’ve ever heard about millennials, mix them all together, throw them at a wall, and you’ve got a book! Wahhhh, my boyfriend broke up with me, wahhhh my big house in Massachusetts, wahhhh my private tennis court.... Ugh. I’ve read more insightful word vomit on Thought Catalog. Could not make it past the first quarter of the book. Absolutely tone deaf and insipid. This is the worst thing I’ve ever read. I’m embarrassed ...more
Erin Cataldi
As the title suggests, this book is weird. PURE WEIRD. Which generally I like, but I thought was almost too nonsensical at points. I did listen to the audiobook (which is narrated by the author) as opposed to reading it, and I think I may have enjoyed it better if I could read it into my own voice. Jenny's narration was good, but there was so much weirdness, that I think I may have internalized it a lot better had I read it with my own eyes. Little Weirds is a bunch of essays about food, men, ...more
Claire Hardwick
Dec 26, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
fave essay— i died: bronze tree. some of these didn’t hit for me,, but perhaps on a reread they will!
Dec 26, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
This book delighted me. I cannot come up with another word for it. Do I believe our author was baked while writing some of this? Probably. Does it *work*? 100%.
I listened to Jenny Slate read this, and I plan on doing so again very soon. I think the kids are saying, "all the feels"?
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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 ...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.” 22 likes
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