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Product Details

  • Paperback: 175 pages
  • Publisher: WilliamMr; First Edition edition (February 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 006200719X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062007193
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 5.2 x 7.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,183,774 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A smart, pocket-sized delight that artfully engages the funny bone.” (Kirkus Review)

“With her sense of irony and humor, Ms. Kargman laughs at moments others might cry over…Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut is more than funny, more than insightful and more than a guilty read.” (New York Journal of Books)

“Jill Kargman’s hilarious observations…will resonate with women everywhere.” (Harper's Bazaar)

“Please welcome the new David Sedaris, not that the old one is broken or anything. It’s just that Jill Kargman, in her first book of essays, provides the same gut-splitting reading pleasure.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Edgy, addictive, and relatable.” (The Daily Beast)

“Kargman does not fail to deliver in yet another tragically comedic book . . . With stick figure doodlings in the margins to guide you through the hilarity, you’ll be laughing out loud.” (SheKnows.com)

“From somebody who shares Jill Kargman’s fear of both vans and clowns, I promise this book will make you laugh out loud.” (Nate Berkus, host of The Nate Berkus Show and Oprah correspondent)

From the Back Cover

Demonstrating Woody Allen's magical math equation, comedy = tragedy + time, a sensational collection of witty essays about life, love, hate, kids, work, school, and more from the author of The Ex-Mrs. Hedgefund and Arm Candy

Jill Kargman is a mother, wife, and writer living the life in New York City . . . a life that includes camping out in a one-bedroom apartment with some unfortunate (and furry) roommates, battling the Momzillas of Manhattan, and coming to terms with her desire for gay men. In this entertaining collection of observations, Kargman offers her unique, wickedly funny perspective as she zips around Manhattan with three kids in tow.

Kargman tackles issues big and small with sharp wit and laugh-out-loud humor: her love of the smell of gasoline, her new names for nail polishes, her adventures in New York City real estate, and her fear of mimes, clowns, and other haunting things. Whether it's surviving a family road trip or why she can't stand Cirque du So Lame, living with a mommy vagina the size of the Holland Tunnel or surviving the hell that was her first job out of college, Kargman's nutty self triumphs, thanks to a wonderfully wise outlook and sense of fun that makes the best of everything that gets thrown her way. And if that's not enough, Kargman illustrates her reflections with doodles that capture her refreshing voice.


More About the Author

Jill Kargman is deathly afraid of clowns. And mimes. Wait, mimes are worse. She lives in New York City where she writes magazine articles and trashy novels and enjoys wrap sandwiches. She is the author of teen books Bittersweet Sixteen, Summer Intern, and Jet Set, plus some excellent grown-up books. And by grown-up books she doesn't mean porn; she means not young adult but plain old adult. Her articles have appeared in Vogue, Teen Vogue, Harper's Bazaar, Town & Country, Travel + Leisure, Elle, Elle Décor, and a bunch of British magazines you've never seen. She went to Yale where she did not study writing and has three children who keep her young. And exhausted.

Customer Reviews

Kargman has a wit about her that is rare in writing today.
texayorker
This book started off with desperate attempt to be witty with made up words/phrases and gratuitous and frequent use of profanity.
Sennie
I really loved reading Jill Kargman's memoir, Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut!
C. Gardner

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By whammus on March 19, 2011
Format: Paperback
I enjoy Jill Kargman's books for what they are: light reading, with the occasional true-to-life observation that gets me to nod my head or laugh.

By the time I finished 'Momzillas', though, I was rolling my eyes at the made up catch phrases, the abbreviations of words and too-trendy slang. Do people really talk this way? On the Upper East side of New York, no less? Highly educated people who make tons of money? I somehow doubt it. It seems a little stunted to me, a little trying too hard to be cool.

I had hoped with this book, a collection of personal essays, Jill Kargman might try something different, and release herself from the constant need to show us her unique vocabulary (or, as she might say, 'vocab').

No dice.

The second line of the introduction has 'vomitorious', 'chunder-taunting' and ''kini cleaves' alone.

I enjoyed the real life Momzillas in 'My Vagina is the Holland Tunnel', and thought about going to the dermatologist after 'Tumor Humor'. I thought it was odd that she managed to bring her horror of vans back to herself after hearing a terrifying story (expressed sympathy for the victim? Not so much.) but on the whole an easy read before bed at night.

I guess I think Jill Kargman is a good enough writer that she could tone down the tap dancing for our attention, and still get it.
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Simon Peter Lewis on February 1, 2011
Format: Paperback
Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations
When I first heard about this book, I couldn't wait to get my hands on it...OMG-if you're a fan of Kargman's previous books like "Momzillas" and "The Ex-Mrs.Hedgefund" you won't be disappointed one bit..Jill's writing style is one part Sarah Silverman and one part La Femme Jillita-a world of words all her own. The 'Glossary' chapter alone is something I wish coulda been expanded (maybe someday?) to a full book of 'Jill-isms'..the girl has her own vocabulary that is hilarious! She likes to refer to herself as WEDNESDAY ADDAMS in BARBIETOWN...deep dark Sir Woody of Allen humor, a side of Seinfeld ('Gold Jerry Gold')with the sensitivity of a mother of three....can't recommend this book enough...it's fabulous!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Linda Lou on March 2, 2011
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[[ASIN:B004O3FW02 Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Publisher: William Morrow] I turned 65 this year, not exactly Jill Kargman's generation, but her writing had me so hysterical that I couldn't put the little book down. She is like the child of Erma Bombeck and Woody Allen, who might have been. Her musings on family, motherhood, kid behavior, upscale NYC competition (of parents) and PC behavior, - she just gets it, right on! And it was no different when I was raising my kids in NY over 30 years ago. Her writing, her timing, her jokes, were so hilarious that I hated to see the book end. I would buy the audible version, only if she is the one who reads it, because she must be wonderful. Now I am going to order all her other books, hoping I have half as much fun reading them. And oh, where the book is serious, and there is a serious part, she handles that like a true "mensch". (That's a truly wonderful, well balanced and generous person, for those who might not know.)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Golden Lover on August 13, 2013
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I read this book quickly since it is so short and I never laughed once. As other reviewers have noted, it is full of made-up words that just aren't funny. It's hard to empathize with this spoiled rich girl as she brags about her father's trips on the Concorde where he sat with celebrities or the celebrities she has met and disliked. And no, being interviewed before being accepted to kindergarten is not "the way it is in New York." That's the way it is for the WEALTHY in New York. The rest go to public schools.

There is a whole chapter on her childhood nannies. She talks about how tough it was to go to a private girls high school in Connecticut. Again, hard to empathize with this. Reading this was a fairly boring way to kill a couple of hours. It's not funny, unless you find spoiled rich girls who over-use made-up words and the constant swearing to be funny.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By redamber on April 24, 2013
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It just wasn't all that funny to me. I had trouble getting into her style of writing. It felt convoluted, inflated and lacked any rhythmical quality. I felt like she was trying really hard to be funny and that distracted me from relaxing into the language. I may have found it funnier listening to it as stand-up, but the writing felt a bit choppy and forced. Just my humble opinion.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sennie on November 14, 2012
Format: Paperback
I enjoyed this author's first novel Wolves in Chic Clothing which she co-authored with Carrie Karasyov. However, every book she has written solo has been disappointing and hard to get past the first chapter.

Well, this book is no different in it's disappointment but this time, I only got to page 5. This book started off with desperate attempt to be witty with made up words/phrases and gratuitous and frequent use of profanity. Don't get me wrong, I am not prude and I appreciate the profanity when used to make a point or to get emotions across, however, when you drop "f" words and even four letter "c" about 10 times per paragraph, it gets tiresome fast. I don't know if the author is trying to be cool or "hip" but not working for her. And, this book does NOT work for me.
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