- Paperback: 256 pages
- Publisher: Penguin Books (February 25, 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9780142196939
- ISBN-13: 978-0142196939
- ASIN: 0142196932
- Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.7 x 7.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 141 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #96,311 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Wise and funny. . . . The Lorrie Moore short story, or the Tina Fey memoir, of cleaning tutorials.”
—Dwight Garner, The New York Times
“Thrillingly titled. . . . For a generation overwhelmed not just by dust bunnies, but by bong water on the carpet, pee stains on the ceiling and vomit seemingly everywhere, Jolie Kerr dispenses cleaning advice free of judgment. . . . A Mrs. Beeton for the postcollege set.”
Penelope Green, The New York Times
“A darned informative book. . . . When you can combine breezy writing with things that are of day-to-day use, that's a win. . . . All of Kerr's advice is fun, but it's true that she is in some ways at her most irresistible when she's handling the kinds of awkward questions that do traditionally go unanswered in your women's magazines and your perky home-maintenance shows.”
—Linda Holmes, NPR
“A Millennials version of "Hints from Heloise," Kerr takes a humorous and non-finger-wagging approach to tackling such problems as how to remove the lingering stinky smell from gym clothes, how to launder your bras and how to deep clean your kitchen. . . . Crammed with useful information . . . a worthwhile reference guide to keep handy in the house.”
“Charming. . . . A must read.”
—Tyler Coates, Flavorwire
“Light, breezy, nonjudgmental. . . . Kerr writes for readers who know little to nothing about laundry or mopping, getting across the notion that you’ll have to work hard but trying, at least, to make it a little fun.”
—Daniel D’Addario, Salon
“Jolie Kerr’s cleaning advice isn’t like your grandma’s. . . . She gives unprissy solutions for the peskiest issues.”
—Alexandra Owens, Allure
"Providing the Dirtiest Generation with basic rules for dishwashing (clean dishes, drain sink, rinse dishes), cleaning Formica or stainless steel and, most important, ridding clothing of embarrassing stains including, but not limited to, bodily fluids and bong water.”
—The New York Daily News
“Refreshingly honest and deeply true…The cleaning guidance in this text will not steer you wrong.”
“Informative cleaning instructions delivered by a Martha for millennials. . . . All college freshmen should receive a copy of this book.”
—Megan Fishmann, Bust
“A joy to read. . . . Whether you’re genuinely interested in the best way to scour a pot (baking soda, btw) or just looking for a few handy hints to impress your friends with, Kerr’s volume is a fun, entertaining read.”
“With a delightful mix of self-help and humor, Jolie Kerr is here to help turn your messy life into one of order and beauty. . . . One handy and, yes, neat book.”
“A practical and hilarious guide . . . to help with any and all of your bizarre or mundane cleaning inquiries.”
—Samantha Samel, Brooklyn Daily Eagle
"Jolie Kerr really cuts through the grease and grime with her new book. I do what she tells me to do."
“Jolie Kerr is unique among great, funny writers in that she isn't a repulsive slob.”
—Drew Magary, Author of Someone Could Get Hurt and The Postmortal
“I was a huge filthy pig—and then Jolie happened to me. Now I know just how easy and satisfying proper cleaning can be! I'm not afraid anymore! I used to live like an animal in a cage. I was completely helpless and hapless when it came to pretending to be human. Now I can actually have people in my home, instead of just insects and terrible smells! Jolie Kerr is the painless adult supervision I always needed but was afraid to ask for.”
—Choire Sicha, author of Very Recent History
About the Author
Jolie Kerr is a Boston native and graduate of Barnard College, now residing in a teeny, tiny spotless apartment in Manhattan's Lower East Side.
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It's not often that how-to's are reviewed on T.T.P., and this is the first none-wedding planning title to make the cut, but it needed to be shared. Kerr's slightly self deprecating, tell it like it is style makes you feel as though your getting advice from a good friend and not reading it because your a disaster of a thirty-something whose never heard of laundry bluing and the amazing thing it does for your whites.
Bottom Line: If you've ever found yourself at a lose when faced with a mess, a yellowed shirt or just need affirmation that your using the right stuff on your floors, this slightly off-kilter guide should be in your arsenal. Doesn't matter if you consider yourself a clean freak or a slob, this one gets a T.T.P. guarantee. You'll like it, and you might even pick up a few new tricks for keeping the kipple* at bay.
*For those that need a definition, well, it is my humble opinion that you should read 'Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?' Really. Add it to your list now. Thank me in the comments later. In the meantime, the definition as provided by Urban Dictionary:
Kipple is a word coined by the remarkable science fiction writer Philip K. Dick. It refers to the sinister type of rubbish which simply builds up without any human intervention. Eventually, one day, the entire world will have moved to a state of kipplization.