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“With biting wit and always-appreciated humorous self-deprecation, Oxford’s tweets have garnered a huge following .” (Time magazine )

“Kelly Oxford is one of the funniest writers I have read in a long time.” (Jason Segel )

“Kelly Oxford is a b*tch who got lucky and never paid her dues. She’s just like me and I love her for it.” (Diablo Cody )

“I’m fascinated by Kelly Oxford. She’s a 21st century public diarist, her story told in shards, brief moments of wit and observation.” (Jonathan Ames )

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“With biting wit and always-appreciated humorous self-deprecation, Oxford’s tweets have garnered a huge following .” (Time magazine )

“Kelly Oxford is one of the funniest writers I have read in a long time.” (Jason Segel )

“Kelly Oxford is a b*tch who got lucky and never paid her dues. She’s just like me and I love her for it.” (Diablo Cody )

“I’m fascinated by Kelly Oxford. She’s a 21st century public diarist, her story told in shards, brief moments of wit and observation.” (Jonathan Ames )

Product Details

  • File Size: 1351 KB
  • Print Length: 341 pages
  • Publisher: It Books (April 2, 2013)
  • Publication Date: April 2, 2013
  • Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007HBLNII
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #139,129 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Kelly Oxford, dubbed "the Queen of Twitter" by Details, started writing at five years old when she penciled "I had a baby" into her Hello Kitty diary, and she hasn't stopped since. She now writes words that companies like Warner Bros., CBS, and NBC have bought for film and television and magazines like GQ have published. You can read more of her words online in places like Twitter (@kellyoxford) and Tumblr (kellyoxford.tumblr.com). Born in Edmonton, Canada, she currently lives in Los Angeles with her husband and three children, who all wish they weren't in this book.

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I was really looking forward to reading this, as I love Kelly Oxford's tweets. However, while preening narcissism is right at home on Twitter, it's more readily apparent and distasteful in a book. Also, she hasn't done much of note to merit a memoir, making these disconnected stories just seem wholly self-absorbed, like that one person at a party who won't stop talking about himself/herself.
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It would be a little easier to like Kelly more if you got the feeling that she liked herself just a tiny bit less. What makes these types of memoirs work really well is the kind of self deprecation that lets you know that you will hear the whole story. Kelly is not the kind of narrator (like David Sedaris) who is truly going to trot out her own shortcomings. Instead she has the kind of fake shortcomings that prevent any of the stories from becoming personal and funny.

Compare, I Talk Pretty One Day to this book. Sedaris takes his weakness and lays it bare. In doing that we come to understand the whole story and get a good idea of his role and the other players'. But every story in this book is the Kelly Show, starring Kelly. Poor Kelly is too smart, too skinny, too pretty. She has madcap adventures with menstruating dogs and monkey penises. And she at six has a remarkably (and improbably) mature vocabulary. If you are going to retell a story, it is fine to use your adult vocabulary. But the quotes she gives us are so discordenant that it detracts from the story (Kelly is so smart and trying to produce a play). Kelly and her friends go to Vegas as David Copperfield's guests. The whole point of this anecdote is that everyone universally agrees that kelly has a great body. She should, having dedicated her life to navel gazing.

You do have to overlook the endless "I'm smarter than everyone" shtick. And the vaguely racist comments. And the not at all vaguely racist comments. And the complaints about her husband who ought to be nominated for sainthood. And the little barbs about fat people. A smoker laughing at the chubbies is hilarious but not for the reasons Kelly thinks. And then there is Kelly's turn as a rehabilitation assistant.
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I think Kelly Oxford is one of the most consistently funny people on Twitter, but this book was a big disappointment.

The most surprising and glaring thing about it was the poor editing. The prose was often unclear, ambiguous, clunky, and awkward. Also, one of the children was given different ages within the same chapter. I'm no grammarian, but I've never read a book and thought so much about why the editor did such a bad job. I even started to imagine different scenarios --like was the editor secretly trying to sabotage Oxford's success? It seems kind of disrespectful to readers to release such a haphazardly edited book, especially because comedic writing depends so much on the rhythm and gait of the text.

I thought the first few chapters about child-Kelly were the worst. When people write about children, they tend to write from the child's POV or from the adult writer's POV. But Oxford uses neither. Instead, the voice is a weird adult-child hybrid that robbed the stories of any humor or insight. The things that child-Kelly thought, said, and did didn't ring true emotionally for a child.

The book gets a lot better when Oxford writes about adult-Kelly. I liked the chapters where she meets her husband, goes to Disneyland and befriends David Copperfield. But as a writer, Oxford is so plagued by vanity that her humor never elevates far above preening lifestyle blogger jokes. She repeatedly tells us that she is smart, skinny, beautiful, and badass. What's worse, instead of owning her looks and moving on, she keeps having other characters in her stories remark unnecessarily upon her hotness. I dare you to find one section in the whole book that is not self-congratulatory.
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I was looking forward to this book for months! I love Kelly Oxfords twitter style but this book was yawn-city after the first two chapters. Save yourself some dough and just rent it from the library.
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just finished reading this funny, but provocative series of essays. the book comes across generally as fairly light, culturally savvy humor by a cute, fun and very self aware mom. it succeeds on this level. want to sit on a beach and be amused by tales of inappropriate bodily functions & adorably precocious kid thoughts? this book is just what you're looking for.
but it is also much more thought provoking than it might seem. oxford explores territory that she's become known for (via the internets), but takes these themes to a smarter place. the title gives you a hint- the life that one cultivates online or in public is necessarily a lie. or, at the very least, a partial truth. should we assume that what we read here is for real? should we feel that we, as readers are "owed" the entire truth from someone telling us an autobiographical story? why? we each create our own public/online personalities these days, highlighting the best, funniest or most extreme aspects of our lives. why would we expect our entertainers to do something different?
all of the escapades in oxford's book ring as true, and are also exceedingly entertaining. does this make her a liar? or just a damned entertaining writer?
because her popularity has grown as a result of her use of social media, these questions are particularly relevant... but also left deliciously vague. she's a real person, a real mom with real struggles & insecurities, as well as a really well cultivated sense of humor, story telling and her own relevance in the pop-culture realm. the rest is up to the reader.
like i said... smart AND funny. she's the whole package! i can't wait to read what comes next...
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