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Mommy Tried to Kill Me: Why It's Never too Early to Start Drinking in Paris Paperback – November 20, 2016
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About the Author
I'm a writer, standup comedian, and actress. You might have seen me on Seinfeld, in the episode where I got the last chocolate babka, ranked 25 out of all 169 episodes of Seinfeld. Or you might have seen me on Curb Your Enthusiasm, where Larry David calls me an asshole because I refuse to take off my sunglasses when we're inside eating lunch. I've traveled the world doing standup comedy, working for both the USO and MWR. I also toured the United States and Canada with my own comedy group, Single, Married & Divorced. My first memoir, Celebrity sTalker, is about all the Hollywood celebrities I've annoyed over the years. Mommy Tried to Kill Me is my second memoir. I've also been published in four anthologies, all available on Amazon. I live in Los Angeles, waiting for the next earthquake to kill all my enemies. Follow me on Twitter @hotcomestodie, Facebook at Suzy Soro. Also on Medium, LinkedIn, Google +, Ello, Tumblr, and social media platforms that haven't been invented yet.
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Let me preface this review with two statements: first, memoir is not my favorite genre; second, I'm a high school English teacher, so I'm a judgmental reader.
Soro's latest book is memoir done right. She broke my heart and made me laugh over and over again, often on the same page. I think to survive being a part of a family often requires armor, and Soro is properly suited in this work. She deftly blends her particular brand of humor with the heartbreak of caring for an aging parent who lives on another continent. The combination of Soro’s “privileged poverty,” some odd health woes, and a highly critical mother could weigh down a memoir (and that’s the true problem with this genre), but Soro’s skill as a comedy writer pairs with her acerbic and somehow simultaneously charming tone to take the reader on a journey with her. We know she suffers, but she doesn’t want us to suffer with her—she wants us to laugh.
Soro is self-effacing without being too earnest, hilarious without being too blunt, and spot on when it comes to family secrets, and her family is absolutely rife with secrets. Note the first two sentences of her book: “I believe women can’t keep a secret because they talk too much. I believe men can because they aren’t listening to you in the first place.” It’s the perfect beginning to a perfectly awful tell pretty well-told. I highly recommend this memoir, readers.
I love her ‘if anything can go wrong, it will go wrong’ tales about her life as she jumps from the side of her bedridden mother in France, to her hovel, er, I mean apartment in California. I still haven’t decided whether her sister is friend or foe. I got right into this book because the author and I have the same math skills, and 200 grams really does mean 200 grandmothers. It’s sad that she had to explain that to the rest of you.
I hope someday Ms. Soro will reiterate and explain exactly what she meant by “Horses were my first real boyfriends.” Um, what? The author touches all of our emotions in this novel which reads like a voyage of self-discovery. I’m glad I found this sweet and sour story.
This book is funny, and it’s sad. And then it’s funny again, and then it’s sad. And then it’s funny…well, you get my meaning. Just be warned, you need to empty your bladder before you sit down to read it, because you’ll laugh until you pee. Like when the author says (paraphrasing) after a night of wine drinking she was sure her check liver light was on.
You’ll feel like Dickens little Oliver Twist because when you get to the end you’ll be screaming “Please, Ms. Soro, I want some more…”
I follow Suzy on Face Book and while she was in Paris, she would give us updates on line. But, I promise you I had no idea what she was actually dealing with. While she was in Paris, Charlie Hebdo, went down. I knew that. I forgot about it till this book. I knew it was coming just wasn't prepared to be reading it. Gasp again, My friend, Suzy, is there with her Mom...and what just happened. It brings it all to close to home.
This book opened my eyes with my aging step dad that I am taking care of. I might have more insight now to what might actually be going on. Sometimes you have to see through other peoples eyes... before you can see it for yourself... this has helped me open mine. It has also taught me to look within as Suzy has had to do.
Heart Wrenching with a side bar of Hysterical laughter.
Breath taking situations with love ones. Truths, Life lessons, learning and growing with aging parents.
Please do yourself a favor and pick this book up. Then go back and get everything else she has done. You will not be disappointed.
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