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Please Excuse My Daughter Paperback – April 7, 2009
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That was Samuel Johnson, writing in the unthinkingly chauvinist 1700s.
If he were writing now, he'd be noting the rash of memoirs by women, especially ones that try for humor. Because there's money in funny, and publishers and writers know it --- why else would a writer as talented and sophisticated writer as Nora Ephron feel bad about her.....neck?
Ms. Ephron condescends. Julie Klam, in contrast, is genuinely funny. The difference is not in the writing; both women are deft storytellers. It's in the truth of the tale, the sense that the events described actually happened even though they are crazy and wrong and life ain't supposed to be like that.
In other words, I buy Julie Klam's premise.
That premise is simple: She's a Princess, not born but bred. Her father has achieved a house in Bedford (the Westchester town that is the weekend home to Ralph Lauren, Martha Stewart and a legion of WASPs) that comes with many acres and the appropriate assortment of animals. But Dad's busy. She's her mother's daughter. And her mother, no feminist, spends her time reading, yakking on the phone and shopping.
Does Mom care that Julie is flunking everything?
Me: "Wow, Jenny Doe is doing really well. She's a Rhodes Scholar, studying theoretical mathematics and counterterrorism and is very close to discovering the cure for cancer."
My Mother: "Yeah, but she has those hairy arms."
Julie drifts and stumbles through school. She applies to 26 colleges. She gets into two.Read more ›
It is easy to see where Klam got her sense of humor as her story began in a Florida Assisted Living Facility visiting her elderly grandfather. Eager to dine and get the "early bird special", her widower grandfather "hot property", pursued by a seductress in hair rollers with a walker. Concerned why Klam at 30 was unmarried, she realized how similar she was to her grandfather, virtuous, minimal faults, he made her feel like an adored princess. (From the book...)
"My whole life operated on a system of beliefs that held everything worked out or could be fixed. If there were questions about health care we called my cousin Barry, the doctor. Legal questions, my cousin Jimmy. Financial problems my grandfather would give us money."
With her poor grades and average SAT scores she was accepted at only 2 of the 26 colleges where she applied. Attending NYU Film School, she earned an internship on the David Letterman Show, and met Bill Murray, Jerry Steinfeld and Terry Garr.
It was the expected norm to see a therapist during college. Margot, "a striking young woman who resembled a field hockey captain", counseled her through crying spells, and anxiety fueled sessions where she discussed Disney Movies. Life for her at times resembled the "German existentialist film" she hated.
After college, after botched dates and unhappy relationships, she met her husband Paul, a creative project manager of a Video production company where they both worked.Read more ›
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This is a funny and insightful book. I bought all of her books and binge read them.Published 2 months ago by Barbara
If youre a fan of Julie Klam's other books, you will like this one as well. Her only "non dog" book I have read, but I enjoyed it just as much.Published 16 months ago by The Chapps
Loved every minute of this book. Could not put it down. I want Julie Klam to be my best friend!!!!!Published 18 months ago by Susan S
WOW. Just...wow! How did this book get published? How did this book get good reveiws? There is NOTHING to this story, nothing to the author, nothing worth reading. Read morePublished on January 25, 2013 by D D H
I can't speak to the content of this book, because I didn't buy it! The reason I didn't buy it is because I wanted the Kindle edition (I have too many 'real' books and do 99% of my... Read morePublished on April 30, 2012 by Sapphire
What an oddly feminist book. I'm not sure how the author--a person who pats herself on the back for settling for a $2700 wedding dress instead of a $7000 or $8000 wedding... Read morePublished on March 29, 2012 by Jennifer D. Munro
I really enjoyed this book! I also read her other book titled "You Had me at Woof" which was also an excellent book. Both of these books are based on her life. Read morePublished on March 11, 2012 by Regina Helcher Yost
I really wasn't sure how Klam's story was going to unfold -- another whoa is me story from someone who has well-off parents? Read morePublished on November 11, 2011 by jmz
I bought this memoir on a whim and have not regretted it for a moment! The book is a very quick read and very enjoyable. Read morePublished on June 30, 2011 by Deborah Brookhart