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Why Is My Mother Getting a Tattoo?: And Other Questions I Wish I Never Had to Ask Paperback – June 23, 2009
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“[Jancee Dunn’s] wonder, bemusement, befuddlement, and frank delight at growing into adulthood are highly entertaining… Readers who enjoy humorous memoirs infused with a healthy dose of pop culture are sure to love this book, which has the potential to be an entertaining and provocative book club choice.” —Library Journal
“Genial [and] affectionately mocking…Dunn's travails will be instantly recognizable to readers in their late 30s and 40s…. Her parents are a bottomless well of comedy [and] her circle of friends is equally familiar.”—Publishers Weekly
Top Customer Reviews
I read it in one day because I simply couldn't put it down. Even so I couldn't help but appreciate Jancee's clever, self deprecating stories. Every once in awhile I find myself smiling at something that she, her mother or one of her sisters has said. And who among us wouldn't love to go back and look at our childhood home? Of course we might not think if using our little nephew as a prop.
Jancee is such a terrific writer and this is a terrific book.
I am currently reading "Updike," a biography by Adam Begley. As a writer, I'm always curious about how other writers identify their material. Like Dun, Updike also borrowed greatly from his family and surroundings, making me regret not taking more note of my family's behavior that I could exploit for cash. Dun follows her book by discussing how she had to manager her relationship with her parents for use of their foibles as articles. I thought that that was the best, funniest part of her book!
However, I enjoyed the humor more and more as I went on. It had the same funny self-deprecating writing voice and observations. I laughed aloud several time. If you enjoy memoir/essay-type books, I would encourage you to give this one a try. It won't change your life, but it was a pleasant read.
If you are in your 40's and enjoyed a middle class upbringing with blue collar parents and shag carpeting you will enjoy reading this book and floating down memory lane.
I had previously treated myself to Jancee Dunn's first published memoir, But Enough About Me: How a Small-Town Girl Went from Shag Carpet to the Red Carpet. I was instantly hooked on her tales of wacky interviews with those famous faces that constantly grace the magazine covers and t.v. screens that capture our average eyes. When I discovered this third title, I was nearly jumping with anticipation. Picking up the innocent pink cotton candy colored covered book, with the anything-but-innocent title pertaining to tattooed mothers, I was anxious to read this next installment of Ms. Dunn's life. After reading the first few pages, I knew this would be a highly entertaining and satisfying read - I was not disappointed.
I think that part of the enticement of Jancee Dunn's books is the simple fact that this is a real person, going through real life, and so many of us can relate. Be it crazy but loving family members to insane pressures of work and having the knowledge of a close friend always having your back. Why is My Mother Getting a Tattoo? is written in such a way that it truly does feel as though you are sitting down and chatting with a friend over a cup of yummy, frothy and calorie filled coffee. *(excuse me a moment while I go grab a pumpkin spice latte.... Okay, as I was saying...)
One of my favorite parts, among many, was when Jancee and her friend were comparing music on their iPods.Read more ›
Some of her stories are just too funny (like her and her sister's obsession with their childhood home after their parents sold it, and Heather's poor son wondering why he has to trick or treat in a strange neighborhood an hour and a half away from home! Oh, and the Japanese toilet! I almost peed myself reading that one! ). Some of her stories are sweet (like her father's incessant need to send clippings about every possible disaster just to make sure his girls are ok). And some are very sad (like her father not having a recording of his own father's voice and the tapes Jancee gives him of his mother).
But the best story, by far, is the title story. Way to go Mrs. Dunn for getting that Raven!! I must agree with Jancee though...when it's not your own mother, you think it's a great idea...but I'm not sure how I'd feel about MY mom telling me she wanted a tattoo! Anyway, I definitely recommend this book for those of you interested. Ms. Dunn has a great sense of humor, and a fantastic family for her to get her writing inspiration from. I look forward to whatever she comes up with next!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I loved this book from the opening vignette! The author described with detail & humor incidents from her own family life which very well could have been written about my family as... Read morePublished 17 months ago by K M Taylor
I really enjoy Jancee Dunn's humor and observations - a quick, easy read.Published 23 months ago by PTTP
I liked Jancee Dunn after "Enough About Me," and I liked her through most of this book, but I loved her close to the end with the bake sale scene. Read morePublished on January 13, 2014 by Amanda Rose Adams
Having teased my 76 year old mother about her own recent "ink" (her eyebrows,) I bought this book based on the title to read and to share with my Mom. Read morePublished on October 19, 2009 by Elizabeth Evans
I happened upon Jancee Dunn's "But Enough About Me" this summer and enjoyed it so much that I immediately had to read this one as well. Read morePublished on September 7, 2009 by N.L.
I was looking forward to this book, having enjoyed her two previous ones. However, I just can't read it. I've got as far as the third story and have had to give up. Read morePublished on August 5, 2009 by H David