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Monday, May 23, 2022

Memoir Monday...

 Memoir Monday... I'll Show Myself Out: Essays on Midlife & Motherhood by Jessi Klein... 

“Sometimes I think about how much bad news there is to tell my kid, the endlesslylong, looping CVS receipt scroll of truly terrible things that have happened, and I want to get under the bed and never come out. How do we tell them about all this? Can we just play Billy Joel’s We Didn’t Start the Fire and then brace for questions? The first of which should be, how is this a song that played on the radio?”

In New York Times bestselling author and Emmy Award-winning writer and producer Jessi Klein’s second collection, she hilariously explodes the cultural myths and impossible expectations around motherhood and explore the humiliations, poignancies, and possibilities of midlife. 

In interconnected essays like “Listening to BeyoncĂ© in the Parking Lot of Party City,” “Your Husband Will Remarry Five Minutes After You Die,” “Eulogy for My Feet,” and “An Open Love Letter to Nate Berkus and Jeremiah Brent,” Klein explores this stage of life in all its cruel ironies, joyous moments, and bittersweetness.

I'm not a Mother, but I suppose I'm of that age where I can relate to women who are Mothers. When I read about this collection of essays by Jessi Klein, who is an actress and stand-up comedian, I had to read more and a smile broke out on my face. This is Jessi Klein's 2nd collection of essays, so I immediately thought I should read the first. Even though I could relate to the subject of Klein's first collection, navigating the ins and outs of girlhood into womanhood, somehow Motherhood was funnier. Maybe I've gotten past my own growing up so long ago, that my inner self didn't need to learn how someone else navigated it. Or maybe I've read too many coming of age books that all the jokes were "old". In any case, I was enjoying reading the sample of  I'll Show Myself Out, Essays on Midlife & Motherhood by Jessie Klein. Published by Harper Collins and on my wishlist... 

Here's a link to the author's page at Harper Collins where you can read a sample or listen to one of the book. 

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