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Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations    by Jill Kargman order for
Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut
by Jill Kargman
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William Morrow, 2011 (2011)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

Jill Kargman, author of The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Arm Candy, now brings readers a collection of humorous vignettes - Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations. Since we all sometimes feel like a nut, the title is a good beginning. In her Introduction to this small book, Kargman labels herself a weirdo, saying that 'Humor has been the buoy that keeps my entire family afloat.'

Kargman lauds nuttiness as the key to a good life and quotes her idol Woody Allen's formula, 'Comedy = Tragedy + Time.' She mines her Manhattan life's 'bizarre adventures' for comedy, sharing them with the rest of us. She starts with a Glossary (e.g. 'food baby: When you eat such a huge meal you look pregnant - but instead of the tenant being a fetus, it's eggplant Parm'), which includes Words I Never Want to Hear Again (like nother). Further title chapters range from Things That Haunt Me and Babysitters from Hizznell to Tumor Humor, Putting the Ass in Aspen and Spinagogue.

Though I have a feeling the humor would come across even better in an audiobook, it's a handy little book to keep for life's bleaker moments - pull it out and read a chapter when you need a chuckle. Most mothers will relate to: 'Working and organizing three kids' schedules sometimes makes me feel like I'm playing a never-ending game of Tetris.' Kargman ('I was the vampire of my high school') won't let you down.

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