People I Want to Punch in the Throat

People I Want to Punch in the Throat

Competitive Crafters, Drop-off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges

eBook - 2014
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Random House, Inc.
NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A debut collection of witty, biting essays laced with a surprising warmth, from Jen Mann, the writer behind the popular blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat
People I want to punch in the throat:
• anyone who feels the need to bling her washer and dryer
• humblebraggers
• people who treat their pets like children
Jen Mann doesn’t have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers’ night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker’s swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her book.

Praise for People I Want to Punch in the Throat
People I Want to Punch in the Throat is so good that it’ll make you want to adopt all the cats in the world. I’m not sure about the correlation, but it’s that good. It should come with a warning.”—Jenny Lawson, author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
“Jen Mann has an amazing way of telling stories that will make you cringe and burst out laughing at the same time. From swinger parties to racist toddlers, she makes the suburbs unbelievably funny.”—Karen Alpert, author of I Heart My Little A-Holes
“Jen Mann says the things we’re all too afraid to say. Her honest and hilarious writing style reminds me of David Sedaris and Tina Fey.”—Robin O’Bryant, author of Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves
“Jen Mann’s shrewd and unrelenting assault on the absurdity of suburban life is an honest peek into the occasional nightmare that is part of living the American dream. I love Jen. I wish she was my neighbor. It’s so refreshing to know that I’m not the only one who wants to punch almost everyone in the f***ing throat.”—Nicole Knepper, author of Moms Who Drink And Swear

Baker & Taylor
A debut collection by the creator of a popular blog is comprised of biting essays on topics ranging from parenting and gift giving to celebrity behavior and politics. Original.

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books Trade Paperbacks, [2014]
ISBN: 9780345549983
Branch Call Number: eBook
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc


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Jul 10, 2019

This book made me feel so glad to be single and childless. I couldn't cope with the author's life but admire they way they navigate it with such passive aggression. Having said that, I found the essays especially funny because all that crap is happening to someone else. Now if you'll excuse me, I am going to go read another book because I have a crapload of time on my hands and no one else to worry about. BOOM!

Aug 18, 2015

Jen is a local JoCo girl who perfectly nails life and parenting in our suburbs. The book is a continuation of her blog by the same name but she definitely isn't just repurposing her blog content like so many blog based books. Her book had me laughing and nodding my head almost every page.

JCLBeckyC Jul 10, 2015

I tried to like this book since it was written by a local author and I wanted to give her some love. Unfortunately, the title is the best thing about it. The essays themselves fall flat. What's intended to be funny comes across as complain-y and first-world-problem-y. The dialogue is unbelievable, seemingly used to move the story along rather than to convey the way people actually speak. I like the idea of the book much better than the book itself. There are far too many genuinely funny books of personal essays out there to waste your time on this one.

ksoles Jan 06, 2015

Admittedly, a book called "People I Want to Punch in the Throat" does not lend itself to endearment. Yet somehow Jen Mann, blogger and suburban mom of two, manages to nail the most ridiculous and annoying aspects of parenthood. Her amusing memoir contains its share of tongue-lashing but her relatable stories will appeal to anyone with a slightly cynical sense of humour.

Mann opens the book with a list of disdain-worthy characters including “humblebraggers” and extreme couponers. She then takes familiar experiences like waiting in the carpool line, attending sporting events and bargaining with yard sale shoppers and turns them into tough, sarcastic comedy. Her tone can seem angry but she also reveals a vulnerable side, essentially rendering herself a loveable hater who has the guts to say what others merely think.

A talented humourist, Mann mostly picks on extreme parents but also covers the touchy topics of political correctness and racism. More admirably, she uses humour to underscore the intensity and humility of motherhood, illuminating her central theme of self-acceptance.

KateHillier Oct 19, 2014

When a title of a book sounds like something I'd write, I'm going to pick it up. Jen Mann has a blog by the same name in which she talks about suburban woes. Most of these are from a mother's point of view but I still found them hysterical. I was laughing by the first page and laughed out loud plenty of times. I may not be a suburban mother but I do live in suburbia and I have certainly encountered some people similar to the people described here. If you're up for a laugh I highly recommend this.


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