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You owe it to yourself to sit for a spell with Elizabeth Owen’s frank, funny, and thoroughly unforgettable memoir. (Deborah Ford, author of The GRITS Guide to Life and Bless His Heart)

This book totally makes me want to hang out with Elizabeth Owen and eat her terrible cookies. (Elizabeth Beckwith, author of Raising the Perfect Child through Guilt and Manipulation)

Owen takes us on a hilarious, heart-wrenching and decidedly modernized literary journey through the joys and woes of homeownership, marriage and friendship. You’ll love as she cleverly juxtaposes your favorite literary giants from days of yore with modern-life experiences. Owen is everywoman through the ages. Anne (of Green Gables) would be proud. (Jenny Gardiner, author of Sleeping with Ward Cleaver and Slim to None)

Heart-touchingly sweet and tender as any powerful story of friendship and faith should be. (Ronda Rich, author of What Southern Women Know about Faith and What Southern Women Know (That Every Woman Should))

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Fresh, funny, and poignant, My (not so) Storybook Life is old-fashioned humor mashed with literary spoofery. Elizabeth thinks of herself and her husband, Matt, as a modern-day Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Together they’ve endured paint-color mishaps, sewage disasters, pest infestations, and a schnauzer that poops at tornado sirens. It’s hardly the domestic perfection a young Liz imagined while reading Anne of Green Gables and Pride and Prejudice. Could it be that these literary stalwarts had led her astray?

Liz tells the story of her own path to happiness, along the way seeking revenge on her literary heroes: Jo March has to cope with a soul-sucking job, Elizabeth Bennett shepherds a Duggar-size brood of kids, and Anne Shirley deals with a penny-pinching husband. But every comedy is balanced by tragedy. Angela was one of Liz’s closest friends, a kindred spirit who at age thirty-one was diagnosed with cancer. Before Angela, Liz was discontened. But it was the journey she took with this friend that made her realize that her house and its decorations and plumbing and dirty-clothes-covered Man Cave were not burdens to be tweaked and perfected, but blessings to be thankful for.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Skirt!; First Edition edition (October 18, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 076277357X
  • ISBN-13: 978-0762773572
  • Product Dimensions: 5.7 x 1.1 x 7.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,613,402 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Last month I received with eager hands a book I had preordered by a lovely woman and fellow blogger [...] Liz Owen. "My (not so) Storybook Life" is part memoir, part fiction, part satire, and completely worth the $20 spent on it. Through it's hilarious and heart-wrenching pages, Liz introduces us to her slightly twisted mind, her completely twisted dog, and a beautiful, all-too-short friendship with an amazing young woman named Angela.

Each chapter begins with Liz's own inspired rewriting of our favorite stories. Anne and Gilbert, Rhett and Scarlett, Catherine and Heathcliff . . . no one is safe as Liz plunges the storybook characters that shaped her perceptions about life, love, and proper housing into the nitty gritty of real-life home ownership. Then she tells amusing and sometimes laugh-out-loud stories about her own experience as a newlywed first-time home (and schnauzer) buyer. And throughout the whole book we see the development of a strong friendship that only God could have orchestrated.

As I read, I marveled at the similarities between Liz and me. Roofing catastrophes, an unhealthy obsession with getting the right paint colors, husbands who sometimes talk in their sleep, a desire to write, and a love of literature that shaped our expectations of life to be perhaps just a smidge too high. And though the trajectory of the story moves ever closer to sadness as Liz deals with the impending loss of a dear friend to cancer, it does not get bogged down in sentimentality or emotional manipulation. In fact, the funniest chapter (at least, the one I laughed loudest at) is 12th of 14. I can't resist giving you a little taste of it here. The context is poor Liz finding out that her husband Matt does more than just talk in his sleep sometimes.
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My (not so) Storybook Life by Elizabeth Owen is broken into 14 chapters that take us into the world of marital bliss {that prove to not always be so blissful, as is often the case}. The book also shares Liz's personal journey of the loss of a friend to cancer. While Liz could have chosen to run away from her problems or write her story in a cynical way, she chooses instead to be grateful for all of the moments that make up her life, even when things don't turn out the way she thinks they should.

One unexpected twist in this book is Liz's introduction to each chapter. She takes literary characters that we grew up with and weaves modern-day scenarios of what those characters would be up to in their ever after {the parts that don't always go so happily}. If you are a lover of literature and are curious about what Anne and Gilbert; Scarlett and Rhett; Marianne and Colonel Brandon or the March Sisters are up, you cannot miss out on this book. Just be prepared to both laugh and cry.
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This is a great fist book by Liz Owen. I loved every page, every tale. I identified with her woes of getting adult life started in this crazy world and I appreciated her rawness in the details. I literally found myself laughing out loud and I look forward to any other publications in the future.
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With Steel Magnolias being one of my favorite movies of all time... and Dolly Parton's famous quote from said movie "Laughter through Tears is my favorite emotion" being one of my favorite quotes - It's no wonder I am drawn to 'My (not so) Storybook Life: A Tale of Friendship and Faith'. Liz Owen does a beautiful job (in a unique way) of telling a story that will touch your heart and make you think about life and what is really important. Pay No Attention To The Dog Behind The Curtain (chapter 3) will make you LOL!! I'm thinking that's my favorite part. I've always been really into the Wizard of Oz so I was loving it!

Though this book brought a lot of laughter... there were tears as well. Once you start to read this book, you will have a hard time putting it down. Highly recommend!
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Elizabeth has a charming narrative style that captures perfectly the spirit of the story. Her command of language is only enhanced by her acerbic, quick wit. As you read this book, you find yourself thinking that you'd enjoy an afternoon hanging out with her and drinking coffee -- and you'd be right.

This is a woman who uses wit and wisdom in equal measure to write about the depth and breadth of life lived in only a (relatively) short time. It's a fantastic and engaging book and highly recommended.
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Like Elizabeth Owen, I am a wife, mother, avid reader, and office drone. In the interest of full disclosure, I'll admit that I haven't read her entire book. But what I have read was brilliant, relate-able, and so funny! Not funny in that overly polished, she's been rehearsing this schtick for years way, but funny in the best, that's who she is kind of way. And if the rest of her book is anything like her blog, which I read regularly, I'm going to love it, I'm sure.

This quote from her own Prologue is my favorite thing about Elizabeth:

"Heroic rescues are not the sole property of Hollywood. You find them in literature... I love what [these moments] represent... Where something awful and ominous could have been, something positive thunders through the gloom and catastrophe."

She reminds me that, even if it doesn't come naturally to her or me, we must keep looking for the something positive in every roof leak, pest infestation, dog poop, diaper blow-out, mysterious illness, etc. Because that something positive? It's there. If you look for it. There is perfection in imperfection.
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