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4.0 out of 5 stars The Absurdities of Adolescence and More, March 2, 2013
This review is from: Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar (Hardcover)
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I'm a big fan of the comic essays from David Sedaris and Nora Ephron and while I don't think Kelly Oxford's Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar rises to their level, it does contain some comic one-liners and whimsy that makes it for worthy reading. Covering her childhood, adolescence, and parenthood, Oxford specializes in the surreal, absurd, foolishness of her youth: smoking various substances; buying a van in a state of intoxication so that she and her friend can travel to the beach to get more intoxicated; how her husband, under the spell of Eros, proposed to her and the daunting task of telling her children how she and their father met; her quest to become a model from a small farm town in Canada.

My favorite piece is a letter to a nurse titled "An Open Letter to the Nurse Who Gave Me an Enema Bottle and Told Me to Do It Myself While I Was High on Morphine."

One peeve I have with this book is Oxford's need to use all capital letters for not just words but entire passages to show exclamation. She litters her essays so much with all caps that it's hard to find a page without this annoying habit and the effect is numbing. Also she overuses italics. But my peeves aside, there's enough comic autobiographical material here to give Oxford's debut collection a strong recommendation.
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Initial post: Apr 3, 2013 9:12:54 AM PDT
Emily Joy says:
Well, shoot. I've already read that essay on her blog. Are other essays up to par? Basically... is it worth it?

Posted on Apr 16, 2013 7:44:33 AM PDT
Steven Mohr says:
This was a really good review! I'd love it if you took a look at The Listless
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