Saturday, June 2, 2012
Let's Pretend This Never Happened: (A Mostly True Memoir)
When I first started reading this, I wasn't very impressed. Lawson's father is a taxidermist and many of the first few chapters share some icky stories about his work. I was afraid this would be the main focus of the book, luckily it's not (though there are many stories about animals, both dead and alive). Lawson also shares stories about her childhood, parents, husband, daughter and variety of other things.
I didn't love this book, but I didn't hate it either. Honestly, I just thought it would be funnier. The review I had read claimed I'd be "laughing out loud" but I think I managed one chuckle and a smile, but that wasn't until the last two chapters. However, I did enjoy Lawson's almost conversational writing style. There are "editors notes" and parenthesised extra comments throughout the book (which she warns readers about in the introduction) which makes it feel like you are listening to Lawson tell you the stories over a couple drinks. Maybe the drinks would have made it funnier? She also curses a lot. Which is fine, but if you aren't into that, here's your heads up. If you enjoy memoirs or are already a fan of hers, it's an okay read.
Fave Chapters: The Dark and Disturbing Secrets HR Doesn't Want You To Know, If You See My Liver, You've Gone To Far & And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane.