- Paperback: 104 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (December 6, 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1467923915
- ISBN-13: 978-1467923910
- Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.3 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 30 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,955,645 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Suitable For Giving: A Collection of Wit with a Side of Wry Paperback – December 6, 2011
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About the Author
Jayne Martin is a TV writer with several TV movies to her credit including "Big Spender" for Animal Planet, and "A Child Too Many," "Deceived By Trust," and "Cradle of Conspiracy" for Lifetime. Her writings on everything from politics to private parts can be found on her blog injaynesworld.blogspot.com.
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I laughed out loud to many of the stories from this humorous collection of Jayne's true-life adventures (and misadventures). My favorite story would have to be "Out of My Hands", where she learns to accept help from friends after breaking her neck in an accident. I could feel her pain and her determination jumping from the pages of this story and could completely relate to her independent woman stance, even in the face of tragedy.
If you like Jayne's blog, you will thoroughly enjoy her debut book. I am definitely looking forward to more books from this exceptionally talented author.
Yes, she pays homage to Nora Ephron, but the voice she writes in - as sharp as it is breezy - is very much her own. Whether she's writing about her first car (a '67 powder blue Triumph Spitfire) or that one special dress (a Nicole Miller gold sheath she wore on her 60th birthday) or the nature of guilt, she's bound to make a reader smile with recognition or stop and simply take note of her brand of insight: "Without a sense of guilt and without a conscience one becomes a sociopath - or a member of Congress"; "To those who say `money can't buy happiness,' I say if you have money and you're not happy, you're just not trying." In an essay recalling a fall that left her with a broken neck and the surgery, rehab, etc., that saved her from paralysis, she reminds the reader that she is, first and foremost, a fiercely independent person: "Who will take care of me if I cannot take care of myself?" The essay moves with the drive of someone determined to get back on her feet, albeit with the recognition of what is `out of her hands.' Not a word of self-pity, and only gratitude for those who stepped up to the plate to help her.
A thread of nostalgia runs through some of the essays, an appreciation for a time when things were made to last ("Remember the lonely Maytag guy?") and a wish that she'd had a little more patience with her mother. Then there's that Spitfire she still has dreams about, "all polished and new - and together once again, we cruise the drive-thrus of our youth . . . " I, for one, would be there with her in a heartbeat.
I love Jayne's blog, it makes me laugh, think, and swear we are sisters separated at birth.
Her book does the same. Don't we all need some laughs with friends? -So go put this in your cart already!