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It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections from a Terminally Optomistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman Paperback – September 14, 2010


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Product Details

  • Paperback: 240 pages
  • Publisher: Gallery Books; Reprint edition (September 14, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1439187096
  • ISBN-13: 978-1439187098
  • Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #742,558 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"And you thought my life was outlandish." -- Tori Spelling

"More fun than an all little person nativity scene." -- Chelsea Handler --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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"And you thought my life was outlandish." -- Tori Spelling

"More fun than an all little person nativity scene."-- Chelsea Handler --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

More About the Author

Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is the author of Sippy Cups Are Not for Chardonnay: And Other Things I Had to Learn as a New Mom (Simon & Schuster 2006) and Naptime Is the New Happy Hour: And Other Ways Toddlers Turn Your Life Upside Down (Simon & Schuster 2008) which were based on her prominent blog "Baby on Bored" that has been entertaining thousands of mothers since 2005.
On television she acts as the go-to parenting expert for NBC's "The Today Show" where she has appeared numerous times giving practical humorous advice. She's also been featured on Dr. Phil, Your World with Neil Cavuto and even Oprah (via taped interview but she's still hoping to one day sit on the couch!). As a comedian she has performed on Make Me Laugh, Evening at the Improv, Comedy Central. Her third book, It's Not Me, It's You: Subjective Recollections of a Terminally Optimistic, Chronically Sarcastic and Occasionally Inebriated Woman is out July 2009. Stefanie keeps herself very busy with twin toddler girls, a preschool age daughter and an active online poker addiction.

Customer Reviews

Overall, very funny read!
Tiffany Hall
My biggest complaint about the book would be the ending, or lack thereof.
Holly K. Lee
Easily one of the best books I've read.
Becky Harks

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Holly K. Lee VINE VOICE on July 9, 2009
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The latest book from Stefanie Wilder-Taylor is her own memoir. She takes us through growing up, all the way through carrying her twins in a high risk pregnancy.

One of the things I like most about her writing is her -holds nothing back- style. She talks openly and candidly about life situations and her reactions to them. She obviously has a knack for humor as well. Her father was a bit of a deadbeat, a stand-up comedian who walked out on the family early on, but left Stefanie with sharp wit.

I am not surprised at all that she is friends with Chelsea Handler, the two have very similar styles of writing and story telling. Naturally if you like the two books by Chelsea Handler you will really enjoy what Stefanie Wilder-Taylor writes about.

My biggest complaint about the book would be the ending, or lack thereof. The book just kind of stopped. I actually wondered if I was missing some pages. I think that the book needs an additional chapter at the end to wrap things up. They way that it is currently left off is strange.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Kim Cantrell on July 5, 2009
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From moving cross country to Los Angeles at the young age of 18 to becoming a mom of twins, author Stefanie Wilder-Taylor details the crazy antics of her life in her newest release It's Not Me, It's You.

Wilder-Taylor makes no secret of the insane situations she been in and the hilarious consequences that follow.

And let's not forget to mention her endless job hopping until on a whim(and the help of a list of her "qualities") she decides to be a Hollywood producer - which, by the way, she does successfully.

This book was more than appropriately named based on the author's personality and lifestyle.

One line from this book sums up Wilder-Taylor: "In AA they call it sharing; I call it dinner conversation."

There's nothing I love more than a book wherein the author doesn't seek to speak of their perfections but of their numerous flaws (as we all have) and can laugh at themselves as you chuckle along with them.

If you've ever been a screw-up (and haven't we all be at some time?), then be sure to pick up It's Not Me, It's You - it'll make you feel better about yourself! ;)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By R. Ballister VINE VOICE on August 30, 2009
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Stefanie Wilder-Taylor's latest book packs a lot of laughs into a fairly small space. Though not very long, there are plenty of chuckles as she finds humor in a variety of situations, from the uncomfortable (dealing with her father, or doing drugs) to the every-day (dating). Through it all, she keeps the reader engaged with a first person style that makes the reader part of the story. Wilder-Tayler uses a fair amount of pop-culture references in her book from TV and music, so the laughs feel very current, and easy to relate to. There's some Dave Barry-esque exagerration in here, and some Celia Rivenbark-type humor as well, so fans of those writers will enjoy this book. Wilder-Taylor does use some adult language though, so parental guidance is advised. Overall, a fast-moving, fun read with enough painful moments to keep the whole thing believable. Definately worth the time. Similar titles:
Dave Barry's Greatest Hits
Belle Weather: Mostly Sunny with a Chance of Scattered Hissy Fits
God Does Have a Sense of Humor
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By E. A. Montgomery on July 4, 2009
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I enjoyed this book immensely. I'll lead with the negative and say that this is a somewhat disjointed collection. It's more an assembly than a narrative. As it jumps around in time the author seems to forget what the reader already knows. That said, she's had an eventful life and is able to discuss it with open, honest, self criticism. While I have met the therapist that needs a hug more than the patient and the teen prostitute who just wants a candy bar, thankfully I have never freebased cocaine, been on a game show, or dated online - but I completely relate to the emotions so vividly described here. The book moves from interesting and amusing to moving and hilarious when Stefanie's future husband steps into the picture. Her willingness to lay bare their early problems engages you in a way her earlier "And then this thing happened" anecdotes don't quite manage. I may never have improper thoughts about Ani DiFranco or deliver twins prematurely, but I understand many of my friends much better (and with less judgement) after reading about Stefanie's rollercoaster of a life. All in all, I certainly enjoyed the time I spent with her and was left wanting to know more about her. That's more than I can say for most memoirs.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful By M. M. VINE VOICE on July 3, 2009
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Stefanie Wilder-Taylor writes in a witty, heart-on-her-sleeve way that successfully comes off as hilarious and engaging. This memoir deals almost entirely with her young adult life before the birth of her children, so it's an "everywoman" book, not just for moms.

Wilder-Taylor's writing style can be summed up in her own words: "In [Alcoholics Anonymous] they call this sharing; I call it dinner conversation." It reminds me of David Sedaris mixed with the personality of Stephanie Plum (Janet Evanovich's fictional bounty hunter character). Her style is at once upbeat, saucy, and audacious, all the while heavy on the reality denial. An example is when she drives around the gym parking lot for 30 minutes trying to find a spot as close to the entrance as possible, wishing the whole time for a parking lot shuttle. She knows that this is outright ridiculous, yet she steadfastly maintains that she's justified in her actions/feelings -- resulting in a comedy of the absurd and willingly oblivious.

One true mark of comedic genius is Wilder-Taylor's ability to tie in previously mentioned elements of her story, like an inside joke between the reader and her.

Each chapter is a brief, lighthearted vignette into the author's life. They are arranged somewhat chronologically but occasionally skip back to her teens and then jump to her late 20s. This does not affect the quality of Wilder-Taylor's storytelling, in my opinion; but some readers may wish the chapters were in chronological order to maintain the sense of time.

Wilder-Taylor tiptoes the line on some serious topics, like bulimia, smoking freebase coke, a dad that was never there, and temporarily living in a youth shelter.
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