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This an insightful and very intelligent memoir that depicts childhood and adolescence in a warm and incredibly accurate style.
The timelines of the vignettes are a little jumbled, but it's generally because she's trying to be topical between chapters instead of strictly sequential.
In some ways this almost seems like listening into someone else's confessions - you feel a little guilty for doing it, but can't stop yourself.
Heather is a well written author who reminded me at times of Augusten Burroughs. As much as I wanted (tried) to enjoy these stories, they often felt lacking in energy which... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Lulu Magoo
Disaster Preparedness chronicles the author's childhood and the dissolution of her parents' marriage. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Michael Todd
It's a commonplace that the literary world is now littered with way too many memoirs, and it's difficult to find one distinctive enough to reward the time we must take away from... Read morePublished 13 months ago by Robert Holland
I was given this book because I think the person thought it was related to disaster preparedness--something I'm interested in. Read morePublished 21 months ago by SusanR1981
I loved this author's dry humor. You can really relate to the odd family circumstances as everyone's family has a little strangeness in it.Published on March 11, 2012 by TinaShoe
Other reviewers stated that Disaster Preparedness doesn't "flow" nicely from one chapter to another and that the author should be edited. I have to disagree. Read morePublished on September 29, 2011 by jmz
Funny at times, a little too introspective at other times. A reasonable read when things are slow. It's not the best or worst book I've read recently, but I did enjoy it. Read morePublished on August 18, 2011 by John F. Sullivan
If you haven't read Heather Havrilesky before, you're in for a bit of a treat. Heather is the consummately snarky TV critic for Salon. Read morePublished on May 21, 2011 by A. Johnson
I agree with the other reviewer who said Disaster Preparedness doesn't offer enough story to make a good memoir. Read morePublished on May 8, 2011 by Pamela V