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The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures: A funny memoir of missteps, inadequacies and faux pas Kindle Edition
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Lyle’s book is full of honest, vulnerable, life story humor—candidly shared moments that leave you feeling thankful you’re not alone, as soda (or Prosecco) spurts out your nose after laughing too hard and fast. I read several scenes aloud to my husband. I reread other scenes, certain the author hadn’t just written what she did. I was wrong. Lyle holds nothing back. It’s refreshing.
Buy this book and don’t skip over the footnotes (you’ll thank me later).
If you’re a woman around forty years old with a husband, kids, and a few neuroses, you’ll see yourself in the The Amy Binegar-Kimmes-Lyle Book of Failures.
Amy uses self-depreciative humour and anecdotes to express thinking and feelings many of us women can relate to. The amusing, sometime embarrassing, sometimes serious but always real situations she writes about are expressed with insight into her own failures.
And she loves cleaning.
I particularly enjoyed her openness and honesty. From the Booger Wagon to the repeat calls from her friend Sharon who phones for always-distracted and slightly incoherent one-way conversations; to her visit to China where, from her home back in Atlanta, her husband starts to organise the household for the imminent arrival of an adoptive Chinese baby Amy semi-joked about in a text message while on a trip to China. Reading her stories, I found myself nodding and smiling.
If you are a little bit hopeless or know someone who is, buy or gift this book and start smiling.
I particularly loved the chapters about her trip to China and the contrasts between American and Chinese culture. The chapter about the little Chinese baby at the adoption agency is particularly heartwarming.
To the reviewers who called the author privileged, why yes, she is. That's what makes her writing funny...it's called irony.
Amy's book is funny but what is most poignant to me is her ability to write stories that are funny on the surface but hint at something much deeper. Amy, please write another book! I want to know more about your childhood, your family and your relationship with your sister Traci. I remember when I heard about Traci and her daughter's deaths in 2013 and how heartbroken I was. I think you have the ability to bring out the humor in difficult and sad situations and I know there are many people who would benefit from hearing more about your experiences.