Let’s Pretend This Never Happened: A Mostly True Memoir (Amy Einhorn) by popular blogger Jenny Lawson (aka The Bloggess), is a hilarious look into the life of a woman whose irreverent perspective of the world shows good humour in the face of her own embarrassment.
Lawson recounts the memorable and the “terribly human moments” in her life, from growing up in poverty in rural Texas with a taxidermist father, to her struggle with mental and physical illness, to hilarious misunderstandings with her husband and colleagues. The stories range from the heartfelt (such as the realization of loss when her hometown no longer feels like home) to the disturbing (like the time the young Lawson briefly, accidentally, wore a dead deer as a sweater). Many episodes are corroborated by photos aiming prove that her stories are not, in fact, made up.
Read this book and try not to laugh at the bizarre situations Lawson’s gotten herself into, like fighting off vultures with a machete in order to protect her dead dog. Read this book for the chapter titles alone (“And That’s Why Neil Patrick Harris Would Be the Most Successful Mass Murderer Ever,” “Thanks for the Zombies, Jesus,” “And Then I Snuck a Dead Cuban Alligator on an Airplane”). But most of all, read this book and think, “thank god that didn’t happen to me!”
This review appeared as “Truth is Stranger” in Geist 89.