Let's Pretend This Never Happened by Jenny Lawson
When Jenny Lawson was little, all she ever wanted was to fit in. That dream was cut short by her fantastically unbalanced father and a morbidly eccentric childhood. It did, however, open up an opportunity for Lawson to find the humor in the strange shame-spiral that is her life, and we are all the better for it.
In the irreverent Let’s Pretend This Never Happened, Lawson’s long-suffering husband and sweet daughter help her uncover the surprising discovery that the most terribly human moments—the ones we want to pretend never happened—are the very same moments that make us the people we are today. For every intellectual misfit who thought they were the only ones to think the things that Lawson dares to say out loud, this is a poignant and hysterical look at the dark, disturbing, yet wonderful moments of our lives.
"I wrote a book and it only took me 11 years. (Shut up, Stephen King)" is how "Bloggess" Jenny Lawson introduced her "mostly true memoir" to her online devotees. Let's Pretend This Never Happened, the book in question, reinforces Lawson's blog reputation for leaving no taboo untouched. With side-splitting effect, she describes her unconventional childhood, her father (a professional taxidermist who specialized in dead animal hand-puppets), her irreverent views on sex, drugs, and relationships, and much much more. (P.S. The dead mouse on the cover was not injured in the photo shoot.)