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How I Earned My Wrinkles: Musings on Marriage, Motherhood and Menopause Paperback – April 3, 2014
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She didn't even promise to put me in her next book if I wrote this review ... I swear.
How I Earned My Wrinkles is funny, wise and open-hearted. No matter your age or whether you have kids or even your gender, you'll recognize the truth in the stories.
You know that day? The crazy-bad one, when all your Zen just can't compete with real life?
That's the day we're invited to share with Anne, and lots of other days challenging and excellent alike (often both at the same time).
While she and her husband, Scott, raise five children and run a business together, Anne is blessed with a Wrinkle Fairy, who keeps pretty busy.
"When they were teenagers, I'd huddle in the cold and dark at two in the morning, just waiting for them to try to sneak into the house. I'd be praying `Dear God, please let them drive up now and be safe ... so I can personally kill them!' The Wrinkle Fairy was not happy about being awake on a cold dark night either. She zapped me twice. BAM! BAM!"
The book is a collection of blog entries, some as short as a few pages, from Anz World (that imaginary place where the sky is always blue, the sheets are always clean, and none of your pets or children have thrown up recently).
In the stories, Anne makes fun of herself unmercifully to hilarious effect, while waving her own gentle wand of humor over everyone else.
Some of my favorites are about when:
- Very-pregnant Anne is waiting in an office reception area for a business meeting to start and needs to be hauled up from the couch by a diminutive male customer.
- The Easter flower Scott so proudly gives is a funeral wreath.
- Fire trucks show up at the Disney World rented condo ... And cooking a turkey had seemed like such a GOOD idea.
- Anne stages a punk on the beach. (No hints here .. Find out for yourself.)
Especially great for me is that the stories are about people I knew from when I was young. It was like getting back a precious few hours with our irreplaceable Aunt Bette and Uncle Jim.
And, I got to know a little more about Anne's children and husband, her dearest wrinkle-maker.
But you don't have to be related to like the book. Most readers will recognize their own families with all the messiness and zaniness ... the comfort of the people who know you best, for better or for worse.
Visit Anz World. It feels like home.
I love her descriptions of life in a large family and all the craziness it brought with it. And the chapters that center around her and her husband paint a picture of a life filled with deep love and lots of laughter.
I would definitely recommend this book to anyone, with or without a herd of kids, who enjoys laughing until their sides ache.
I laughed all through the book.
With this husband, no wonder she has wrinkles!!
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