Tuesday, October 27, 2015

Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat - Book Review and Giveaway

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When it comes to time-honored holiday traditions, Jen Mann pulls no punches.

In this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann, nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, turns her mordant wit on the holidays. On Mann’s naughty list: mothers who go way overboard with their Elf on the Shelf, overzealous carolers who can’t take a hint, and people who write their Christmas cards in the third person (“Joyce is enjoying Bunko. Yeah, Joyce, we know you wrote this letter.”). And on her nice list . . . well, she’s working on that one. Here, no celebration is off-limits. The essays include:

• You Can Keep Your Cookies, I’m Just Here for the Booze
• Nice Halloween Costume. Was Skank Sold Out?
• Why You Won’t Be Invited to Our Chinese New Year Party

From hosting an ill-fated Chinese New Year party, to receiving horrible gifts from her husband on Mother’s Day, to reluctantly telling her son the truth about the Easter Bunny, Mann knows the challenge of navigating the holidays while keeping her sanity intact. And even if she can’t get out of attending another Christmas cookie exchange, at least she can try again next year.

My Review:

I don't know how else to put it - I kind of have a girl crush on Jen Mann.  Her wit and humor and outlook on life is just the kind of traits that draw me to a gal pal. Author Jen Mann has written a book that lightens up life during the holidays.  Through her, I learned that not everyone overly decorates for Christmas or puts up with Elf on the Shelf.  Mann addresses a variety of holiday topics, with most pertaining to Christmas.   I will forewarn you that Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat does have a crass, and sometimes sarcastic, tone. This is not an encouraging book about how great the holidays are; it's a book about not taking it all so seriously. I laughed, laughed, and laughed some more. Jen makes us see that we can survive the holidays, crazy Christmas carolers and all.

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67 comments:

MilitaryPugWife said...

Sounds like my kind of writer!!

Kimberly Bauer said...

I love Christmas and I dislike Easter.

Suburban prep said...

I love Thanksgiving and Christmas though they tend to be very stressful times.

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rubynreba said...

Christmas is my favorite.

Renee said...

I love Halloween and Christmas and I dislike my birthday because it is three days before Christmas and seems kind of anticlimactic :( And most of the time it gets lumped together with Christmas anyway, so it's like I don't even have a birthday. Don't get me wrong--I DO want to CONTINUE having birthdays!!! I just wished I had been a summer baby instead :)

momo said...

Mt favorite holiday is Thanksgiving, and I must admit Christmas is getting to be my least favorite holiday.

Ty Beth said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas, I love the decorations, the cheer everyone has, the lights, and all the goodies that come with it. My least favorite is Easter, I cannot stand it. lol

s said...

Least - Easter.

Michele said...

I love Thanksgiving because my daughter and I cook together, and it's the only holiday we have people come to us. Least favorite...maybe New Years. We don't really do anything and winter is depressing.

Charlene S. said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday. Spending time with all of my family is a blessing :)

Xty C said...

My favorite is Christmas because I have so much fun memories

Shelley P said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I love getting together with family and friends. I also love all the lights and decorations.

stephanie said...

My fav holiday is Passover

Jackie said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday!
Thank you!

Jennifer Irving said...

I love Halloween and Xmas. Despise Valentine's Day

j1man1r66 said...

Our Least Favorite Holiday is New Year's Eve!
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Charlene E said...

Dare I say I dislike Christmas. I refuse to put up a tree this year. My kids are old enough to get over it I have already told them.

Amy S D said...

My favorite is Christmas. My child and I started making new ornaments, today, for our tree. This book sounds hilarious.

Mona said...

My least favorite holiday is Easter and New Year's Day. We never really do much on either of these holidays.
Thanks :)

Leela said...

I like Christmas.

slb3334 said...

I hate new years as I don't enjoy being alone.

Sandy Klocinski said...

Christmas is the best time of the year. Listening to some refreshing music and eating cookies and cake. Valentines Day is my least favorite.

tat2gurlzrock said...

Haha..sounds like a great book. Christmas is my favorite holiday.

Danielle Lima said...

I love Halloween.

Melissa Sly said...

This sounds hilarious. I know many people who would enjoy this. HOlidays, fun and wonderful, yet totally stressful!

Traumajunky said...

I don't like any of the holidays.

ferriz said...

i like halloween. i get to play dress up and get to eat candy. and scare little kids....

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Bridgette Kolesar-Mahmood said...

interesting title. I am sure all of us have been in that situation!

J Reese said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday

Deborah Wellenstein said...

My favorite holiday is Halloween, because it is wonderfully spooky, and I don't have to make a dinner for it!

luv911fun said...

I love any holiday that gets my family together. since becoming adults its gotten much harder.

Unknown said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday

Denise S. said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas. This book sounds hilarious!

alissa apel said...

I do love Christmas!!!

Victoria Craven said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas.

wildcat32 said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas. My least favorite would be New Year's Day, rough getting up the next morning.

Lisa Voyce said...

Now that I have a grandbaby, Christmas is my favorite.

Partluck said...

Just thinking of the idiots I have to deal with gets my blood boiling.

joenkristy5 said...

LOL, I would love to punch a lot of people in the throat on the holidays.. Perfect book for my family. Holidays are hard..:)

cindiizzy said...

This totally sounds like my family!!!Haha

crankyyanky1 said...

My favorite holiday is Thanksgiving great food none of the pressure

saturdaynightfever said...

I heart Stuffing Day!

Susan Smoaks said...

Christmas is my favorite!

Marty C. said...

I loathe Valentine's Day... so much pressure!

brendaelsner said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas. I get to spend time with the family.

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blew415 said...

Fav is Christmas, least is Thanksgiving

dvice12 said...

My favorite is New Years

smilekisses said...

I do not like Christmas---so many phonies.

KellyG said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas, I just love it!

Buddy Garrett said...

Christmas is my favorite holiday.

peterg201 said...

Thanksgiving is my fav, Food and Football. The family doesn't get btogether to much any more, but they will call on the phone to talk to my parents

Amy Moore said...

This would make a great gift for my husband!

Melinda Stephens said...

I really like Christmas. I love the decorations and the fun activities.

Ceecjjj said...

My favorite holiday is Halloween.

epblack said...

I really don't have a favorite holiday...I enjoy them all especially when my son gets to come home from school and celebrate them with us.

Jennifer Herman said...

I am a fan of Christmas!

lilyk said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas.

The Maven Domestic said...

My absolute favorite holidays are Halloween and Christmas. And then Independance Day (it's my birthday!)

Lisa Pecora said...

My favorite Holiday is Christmas.

Unknown said...

This book looks perfect!!!

Jenny said...

I love Christmas. I love the sparkling lights, being with friends and famil, and the joy of giving.

Shannon F said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas and my least favorite is Labor Day (my dad was diagnosed with brain cancer on Labor Day).

Christian Alejandro said...

I'm a huge fan of THanksgiving. There is more family around. It's very special to have all in one house.

Jenny Scheldberg said...

I love the 4th of July. I love any holiday when I can be outside.

Shakeia Rieux said...

My favorite holiday is Christmas

blakkis said...

My favorite holiday is Halloween because of the candy and horror movie marathons :P

John Herman said...

I liked fall the best because I like when the temps get cooler.