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Confessions of a Worrywart: Husbands, Mothers, Lovers and Others Paperback – January 9, 2013
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"Toxic chemicals. Tomatoes. Getting the bed by the window in her future nursing home. What's NOT to worry about? Just ask Susan Orlins, America's funniest worrywart--not because you want to wring your hands, but because you want to laugh out loud. Her offbeat take on all challenges, great and small, is a delight."
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The cast of characters from her life ("husbands, lovers, mother and others") are vibrantly portrayed. Ms. Orlins' polished prose makes for easy reading, and she is a master of metaphors that vividly color passages like her paintings that she once sold in flea markets to supplement her income. Thus in describing her frustrations with the older singles-mixer scene she writes, "The occasional attractive guy my age always seemed to be hunched in conversation with a blonde whose neck was as smooth as a Pinot Grigio bottle ....."
Although clearly a worrier (hence the "worrywart" in the book's title) you come away with the impression that Ms. Orlins is, in fact, one of life's happy warriors with an optimistic take on life but one that is grounded in a totally realistic awareness of herself and her place in the wider scheme of things. In the end, the book leaves you with positive feelings and an appreciation that life's imperfections can be faced with grace and humor. This book is a must for people who like reading contemporary memoirs, for the worrywarts among us, and for all those who, as the song goes, are still "in love with love."
I think her Jewish background led her to many of her choices at the time. Her parents could approve almost any professional as a husband, as long as he was Jewish. Going ahead with a marriage instead of having to return numerous gifts was a sign of the times. In other words . . . "make nice."
Women today know better, but I love Susan's honestly and openess to express that she had misgivings about her decisions.
I am sure most women can relate to some part of her life's story. I truly enjoyed it and hope you do too. :-)
Generally the writing is good, and I turned down some pages where I could particularly relate. But the chapter(s) on the chinese adoption were cringe-inducing (don't let the mom know it's an american couple adopting, she may want more than the $2 (!) for fruit that you will give her) and Susan's psycho attachment to being with her kids (although my own daughter is the same way with her son, I still find it psycho) is grating for chapters at a time. Summary: You go Susan (Orlins) but I see why Susan Orlean gets called back right away and makes the big bucks.