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About Jen Mann
Jen Mann is the hilarious New York Times best-selling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges as well as several anthologies and short collections. Her books are inspired by her immensely popular blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat. Many of her books are inspired by her viral blog posts, including Midlife Bites: Anyone Else Falling Apart, Or Is It Just Me? which will be published in January 2022.
Jen lives in Kansas with the Hubs and her two children, Gomer and Adolpha - no, those aren't their real names, their real names are actually worse. Jen spends her free time crafting and volunteering with the PTO. Seriously. Find Jen on social media and join her 1 million + fans.
To contact Jen and her team, please email email@example.com.
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Packing a suitcase, putting on pants, and leaving the house already sounds like a lot of work, but then you have to deal with the punch list:
People who think bare feet on an airplane is a good idea.
Kids who don't use headphones.
Dicey hotel rooms.
Plus the constant reminder that you've paid a fortune for this experience.
This is the fourth book in Jen Mann's New York Times bestselling People I Want to Punch in the Throat series and it will not disappoint!
You'll want to pack a copy of this book in your carry-on so you can prop it over your face while you're napping--perfect for keeping the talkers at bay. You'll want to read it out loud on your next road trip--great for drowning out all the fighting in the backseat. And you'll want to have it handy when there's a three-hour wait at the amusement park--excellent for keeping your mind off how much you paid to stand in the heat for a rollercoaster just to make some f*cking memories.
People I want to punch in the throat:
• anyone who feels the need to bling her washer and dryer
• people who treat their pets like children
Jen Mann doesn’t have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers’ night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker’s swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her book.
Praise for People I Want to Punch in the Throat
“People I Want to Punch in the Throat is so good that it’ll make you want to adopt all the cats in the world. I’m not sure about the correlation, but it’s that good. It should come with a warning.”—Jenny Lawson, author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
“Jen Mann has an amazing way of telling stories that will make you cringe and burst out laughing at the same time. From swinger parties to racist toddlers, she makes the suburbs unbelievably funny.”—Karen Alpert, author of I Heart My Little A-Holes
“Jen Mann says the things we’re all too afraid to say. Her honest and hilarious writing style reminds me of David Sedaris and Tina Fey.”—Robin O’Bryant, author of Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves
“Jen Mann’s shrewd and unrelenting assault on the absurdity of suburban life is an honest peek into the occasional nightmare that is part of living the American dream. I love Jen. I wish she was my neighbor. It’s so refreshing to know that I’m not the only one who wants to punch almost everyone in the f***ing throat.”—Nicole Knepper, author of Moms Who Drink And Swear
If you've ever toiled away in a cubicle or sat through the third meeting your boss scheduled to plan another meeting, then you can relate to this book.
This is the third book in Jen Mann's New York Times best-selling People I Want to Punch in the Throat series and it will not disappoint!
This is the book you'll want to accidentally on purpose leave on the desk of that blowhard in marketing. This is the book you'll just happen to drop next the microwave in the break room hoping that Jan in accounting reads it before she reheats last night's smelly leftovers for lunch. This is the book you'll mail anonymously to your micromanaging boss with certain passages highlighted.
The Punch List:
- Company-wide happy hours. I barely want to work with you. I definitely don't want to have a beer with you.
- The Ivy Leaguers. You do know every sentence doesn't have to start with, “When I was at Princeton…”?
- The martyrs. You get sick days—use one. Stop dragging your sniffling, snorting, coughing, sneezing ass to work and infecting the rest of us. You're not that important.
Advance Praise for Working with People I Want to Punch in the Throat:
“I’m grateful to all of the people Jen Mann writes about in this book—the condescending managers, undermining editors, the plastic surgeon who helpfully offered free operations during a job interview, and the boss who fired her with a Post-It Note—because they made her into the rage-filled writer we all know and love.” - Jancee Dunn, author of How Not to Hate Your Husband After Kids
“I connected with Jen Mann’s book more deeply than I’m comfortable with. It was brilliant and gross and hilarious and heartwarming and then hilarious again. I literally couldn’t put it down. For what it’s worth, the only book before this one that I read in one sitting without a break was Dances with Wolves. Don’t judge me.” - James Breakwell (@XplodingUnicorn), author of Only Dead on the Inside: A Parent’s Guide to the Zombie Apocalypse
If you have ever worked with someone who wanted to punch in the throat, this is the book for you.
We all have a list of people we'd like to punch in the throat.
Okay, maybe not really punch them, but we can imagine it, right?
This is a compilation of New York Times bestselling author Jen Mann's first six volumes of short stories available as for the first time as a complete collection.
Jen has no filter and says what everyone else is thinking. She's has a sharp wit and an even sharper tongue.
In this edition, she turns her laser focus and takes aim at:
- Sarah, the very person she ever wanted to punch in the throat...at only four years old.
- Lazy parenting
- Teen crushes
- And her sex life.
Basically, as far as Jen is concerned, nothing is sacred. You'll laugh, you'll cringe, you'll nod along and say, "Oh man! I do that too!" Jen is the BFF you've been waiting for.
When it comes to time-honored holiday traditions, Jen Mann pulls no punches
In this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann, nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, turns her mordant wit on the holidays. On Mann’s naughty list: mothers who go way overboard with their Elf on the Shelf, overzealous carolers who can’t take a hint, and people who write their Christmas cards in the third person (“Joyce is enjoying Bunko. Yeah, Joyce, we know you wrote this letter.”). And on her nice list . . . well, she’s working on that one. Here, no celebration is off-limits. The essays include:
• You Can Keep Your Cookies, I’m Just Here for the Booze
• Nice Halloween Costume. Was Skank Sold Out?
• Why You Won’t Be Invited to Our Chinese New Year Party
From hosting an ill-fated Chinese New Year party, to receiving horrible gifts from her husband on Mother’s Day, to reluctantly telling her son the truth about the Easter Bunny, Mann knows the challenge of navigating the holidays while keeping her sanity intact. And even if she can’t get out of attending another Christmas cookie exchange, at least she can try again next year.
Praise for Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat
“Mann’s writing has transcended from witty anecdotes and complaints to notable satire. Hidden among the many laugh-out-loud zingers are lessons on how we relate to each other, and how ridiculous parenting culture has become.”—Associated Press
“Following the success of her first book, she is now punching throats at holidays, starting from her being age two and continuing to the present, where she is a harried mother bemoaning not just Christmas but all holidays. . . . Harried holiday haters will chuckle and perhaps see themselves somewhere in Mann’s lifetime dislike of and misbehavior during America’s increasingly commercialized celebrations.”—Booklist
“The cure for my cold holiday spirit this year is the sidesplitting new book by Jen Mann. . . . Mann delivers her signature punch lines and sharp critique on the oftentimes ridiculous shenanigans of the modern family. Her ability to make an otherwise boring subject come alive with colorful personalities, biting sarcasm, and impressively astute observations on suburban culture is what makes Mann so much fun to read and so easy to relate to.”—The Huffington Post
“A lighthearted, laugh-out-loud book . . . with a feel of peeking into a diary.”—Mommy’s Memorandum
“It really does make you laugh out loud.”—Shooting Stars Mag
“A quick and delightful read that you can sneak in right before bed or when the kids are finally napping.”—FangirlNation
“Grab a cup of hot cocoa, sit back and enjoy Jen’s latest collection of humorous rants dissecting the ‘most wonderful time’ of the year. She unleashes her biting wit and hilarious opinions on everything from cookie exchanges to annual humblebrag Christmas letters from overachieving moms to horrifying Christmases of her childhood.
Read the seventh book in the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series!
Remember when we thought motherhood was hard when the kids were little? Ha! Now we realize it's damn near impossible when they're teenagers! The days of potty-training, bubble-wrapping every sharp corner, and begging for a freaking minute to pee alone are long behind us. We don't read bedtime stories or sing lullabies to our children anymore. Instead, we're communicating via TikTok videos and tracking them on their cellphones every time they leave the house. We lose sleep wondering if we've done enough or overdone it.
There was a time when we longed to be left alone and now we can't get our teenagers to spend any time with us. When we're not begging or bribing them to hang out, we're banning them from leaving the house just so we can have some "family time" together.
Raising teens is not for the faint of heart but it's still a wild and terrific ride. For all the angst and drama teenagers cause, they're also smart, hilarious, and fun to be around (if they let you hang out with them).
Enjoy stories like:
◆ The 100% Absolutely True Story of How My Kid Accidentally Joined a Cartel
◆ The Joy of Knowing Middle School Doesn't Matter
◆ Let's Talk About Sex
◆ A Camel, Some Straws, and Your College-Bound Teen
Motherhood never gets easier and you're going to laugh or cry. Why not do both?
“I inhaled this book in one sitting; it’s a must-read for anyone over forty. This should become the gift all girlfriends give one another.”—Zibby Owens, host of the award-winning podcast Moms Don’t Have Time to Read Books
Jen Mann had what appeared to be the perfect life: a successful career as a bestselling author and award-winning blogger, a devoted husband, teenage kids who weren’t total jerks, and a badass minivan. So imagine her surprise when, at forty-seven years old, a midlife crisis kicked her straight in the ladybits.
Midlife Bites offers Jen’s trademark wit and honesty when it comes to important conversations and observations about women in midlife. Here, readers will be able to come together and find anecdotes and practical ideas to help navigate through this major point in their lives. For women who may feel isolated or overlooked, this collection of original essays offers valuable insights, takeaways, and, most important, a productive way forward. Jen shares her own story as well as advice and wisdom from the online community she built, tackling everything that bites about midlife, where nothing is off-limits: raging hormones; sex (after forty); finding your purpose; learning to make new friends (yes, even as a grown-up); moving out of your comfort zone; having conversations that count, no more small talk; and how to deal with rogue chin hairs (and other nuisances).
Jen Mann is leading the movement to create a new space where middle-aged women can share openly and honestly with one another. This no-BS collection of essays will help start the conversation and keep it going, because as women, we all have a right to be happy, fulfilled, and whole, no matter what stage of life.
My name is Plum Parrish, I'm fourteen, and I'm pretty sure I'm invisible. Not like super power invisible, more like loser invisible. There's a big difference. I live with my dad who doesn't realize that a job transfer to Kansas is not a promotion; my s'mother who thinks journaling, cheesy inspo slogans, and mani-pedis can solve my problems; and my twin brother Pax who is so perfect I'm convinced we share absolutely no DNA. Unfortunately, I'm not invisible to them. I love them, but they embarrass me on the daily. Honestly, they would probably say the same about me, because I'm weird, sarcastic, and just a lot. My best friend is ghosting me, and my other best friend is a teacher. The move to Kansas is my opportunity to reinvent myself and embrace my a lot-ness (yes, that is too a word). Sure, I will literally have to battle a live bat, a Queen Bee, and my unruly hair, but I will find my tribe and own who I am.
For anyone who has ever felt like they didn't belong, or has yet to find their voice, MY LAME LIFE is a must read that will show you that you can find your way and embrace who you really are.
"Jen Mann talking me through the process of putting out STORIES I'D TELL IN BARS is the reason it sold more copies the first week than any of my traditionally published books. (And the only parts that went off the rails were the parts where I didn't heed her advice.)" - Jen Lancaster, New York Times bestselling author
Ever heard of someone making over six-figures from writing on the internet? Don't believe it can be true? Read the true story of Jen Mann, the New York Times bestselling author and award-winning blogger behind People I Want to Punch in the Throat.
Jen Mann went from a small blogger with only seventy readers to an overnight internet sensation when a viral post on her blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat was read over one million times in one day.
Read about how Jen took that one opportunity and turned it into the career she'd always dreamed of having. Through luck, hard work, a lot of f-bombs, and even a few mistakes Jen went on to grow her social media to over one million followers, sell over 200,000 books, give over one hundred speeches, and make over six-figures writing on the internet.
Learn about Jen's journey from snarky suburban mom toiling in her basement to partnerships with world-famous ad agencies who pick her brain, and well-known brands who want her help selling their products, to Hollywood who thinks she should be her own television show.
Jen brings her authentic and real tell-it-like-it-is style to this book. Jen is known for her dedication to helping other writers succeed and she will give you all her advice and tell you the real deal. She will show you exactly how she did it and how you can too!
She calls How I F*cking Did It half how-to, half inspiration, and half get-it-done. (Yeah, math is not her strong suit.)
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER!!
Motherhood is the toughest – and funniest – job you'll ever love. Raising kids is hard work. The pay sucks, your boss is a tyrant, and the working conditions are pitiful – you can't even take a bathroom break without being interrupted with another outrageous demand.
Hasn't every mother said it before? “I just want to pee alone!”
I Just Want to Pee Alone is a collection of hilarious essays from 37 of the most kick ass mom bloggers on the web.
- Jen Mann of People I Want to Punch in the Throat™
- Insane in the Mom-Brain
- The Divine Secrets of a Domestic Diva
- Baby Sideburns
- Rants From Mommyland.
Read hysterical essays like:
- Embarrassment, Thy Name is Motherhood
- A Pinterest-Perfect Mom, I am Not
- And Then There was that Time a Priest Called Me a Terrible Mother
- So She Thought She Could Cut Off My Stroller
This is the book that kicked off the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series of books. Collect the entire series!
Each volume is different and you never know what you'll find. They are an assortment of Jen's childhood memories, stories about her family, and rants about everything that make her punchy all told with her usual snarky take.
Volume One of this series includes 3 NEVER BEFORE SEEN essays:
Sarah: The First Person I Ever Wanted to Punch in the Throat
Today I Am a Woman. Oh Shut the F*ck Up, Will Ya?
Wear Your Damn Coat. And Other Things I Would Like to Say to Your Kids.
Everyone has terrible parenting advice, but ours actually works!
But Did You Die? is the fifth hilarious installment in the New York Times bestselling I Just Want to Pee Alone series. It is a collection of terrible (but also kind of good) parenting advice from some of the funniest moms and dads on the 'net (plus that one super helpful childless friend we all have who loves to tell us we're parenting wrong).
So put your kids in front of the TV and let them eat junk food while you read this book and laugh your tail off.
We set the bar low so you can feel better about your parenting skills. You're welcome.
Featuring the writing of:
- Jen Mann of People I Want to Punch in the Throat™
- Elizabeth Argyropoulos
- Kim Bongiorno
- Julie Burton
- Joel Ryan
- Jeff Vrabel