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Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny  Lawson
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Apr 17, 2012

it was amazing

Magen says: Zombies. Tiny taxidermied alligators in even tinier hats. Artificial bovine insemination. Serial killers that turn out to be the household cat. Gratuitous use of the F-word (and the V-word, for that matter). Giant rusted metal roosters. If any of the aforementioned things offend your sensibilities, this book may not be for you. You have officially been warned. If some or all of those things left you even slightly intrigued, however, then I heartily recommend reading Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir), by Jenny Lawson. This is one of those books that will have you reading entire chapters aloud to anyone who happens to be around you, if only because you’ll be laughing so hard that you’ll want to reassure them that you haven’t gone completely bonkers.

When you finish reading this book you are likely to come away with a renewed appreciation for the (comparatively) mundane upbringing you probably had. You will want to find the most eccentric, zany member of your family and give them a hug. That, or you’ll be strangely sad that your childhood was decidedly devoid of things like filing cabinets filled with chickens in the family garage, working cannons in the yard, wild bobcats in the house, and vats of water for boiling skulls. How deprived you must have been, poor thing. You might even be tempted to relocate your family to a small rural town so that you might share with them the joys of potential-future-zombie-hunting (a.k.a. searching for local cemeteries so you’ll know from which direction the undead will be stumbling when the apocalypse finally hits). Even if you decide to stick with your running water and your turkey-free lawn, you’ll be glad you read this book.
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