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The World According to Mimi Smartypants Hardcover – February 2, 2004

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The pseudonymous Mimi Smartypants, a Chicago writer and editor, started an online diary in 1999, leading to a book contract from HarperCollins UK and now publication in the U.S. She doesn't pretend this is a great literary feat; to her, it's like someone offering to publish your grocery lists. "You wouldn't even call yourself a 'writer' because dude, grocery lists? Come on." So don't expect heavy-duty style or even plot from this likable 30-something—she's just blogging, alright? Overall, Smartypants is something of a hypochondriac, with frequent passages on her colds and other ailments, like her "exquisitely painful leg cramps." Sometimes she drinks too much, with hangovers that tie into the hypochondria. The narrative's quirky images (e.g., too much caffeine makes the author's spine feel "like a glass harmonica") and odd suggestions (e.g., try hydrating those compressed-foam animals in a mouthful of beer) certainly give pause, as do her occasional word inventions (e.g., making muffins, she describes those "large lipomas of butter" trapped in the hand mixer). Nothing beats Smartypants's discussion of how the "pseudo-Aztec design" on the Tostitos bag resembles a uterus with ovaries. This is not a big book, but a funny little one, sort of Bridget lite. (On sale Dec. 27)
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"Mimi's 'bad case of sass-mouth' and no-nonsense." HEAT MAGAZINE "Like a mammoth backlog of emails from your wittiest, brightest friend; just as day-brighteningly addictive, and just as insubstantial...Mimi is a ripsnortingly funny raconteur...inevitably she'll become a publishing phenomenon." BAND! MAGAZINE "Move over Bridget. The web log of Chicago thirtysomething Mimi Smartypants is the real deal." ELLE --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Entertainment (February 2, 2004)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0007173415
  • ISBN-13: 978-0007173419
  • Product Dimensions: 7.9 x 5.4 x 1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 11.4 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,768,264 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Gen of North Coast Gardening TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on November 29, 2005
Format: Hardcover
This sharp new book reads like it was written by the witty, imperfect, cooler older sister you wish you had; the one who walks around with a dryer sheet unknowingly stuck to her back but manages to give the most spot on advice for any of those twenty something angst moments we all have had. She is down to earth, funny, and writes about things all of us twenty somethings have experienced.

This was great bathtime reading; the wisdom and humor have been pared down into pithy little essays and vignettes, which makes it great for on the go or beach reading. You can sit down and read the whole book at once or stretch it out and enjoy it bit by bit. Either way, this was a real hit with me and I will be recommending it to my friends.
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This book is wonderful! Wit, energy and observations that will knock your socks off. It is a truly funny offering of a Chicago woman as she processes her day in a head that has more going on in it than should be allowed. This is a compilation of blog entries, the blog continues and I hope for more to be published.
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Anyone who has been reading her blog would find this book to be a bit of a retread, and the entries that appear in this book seem a million miles away from what she has been writing about more recently (mainly, her daughter Nora). But to someone who has never heard of mimi smartypants and has yet to experience her incredibly smart and funny meanderings -- they are in for a real treat.

Like her online entries, this book is probably best savored in small bites, not read straight through. It is pretty dense and sometimes repetative with its themes-- as most peoples lives tend to be! This is not a smack against the book, but rather an observation.

Overall, whether or not you're a fan (yet)... its definitely worth a read.
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Nothing big or important happens in the book. It is not great literature. But it had me laughing out loud many times, and that doesn't happen very often.
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She is license-less so she rides the train in her morning Chicago commute. Thirty year old Mimi Smartypants decides to keep a journal of her thoughts on any topic. Mimi might type on her web blog a tirade about her family or friends, especially those Y carriers, raves on the latest punk rock group, or just how well her pension plan and other investments are doing. Nothing is sacred to Mimi except perhaps Browned Eyed Girl Van Morrison at least before he became famous. Mimi Smartypants sees the world from her 5'1 towering height as medicine chests worth exploring or her take on home décor (aside to Mimi: try being a book reviewer - worse on the home than rugrats or terriers).

Ms. Smartypants amusing reflections on life are fun to follow (easier to read in book form when riding the C-TRAN than using a computer on the Clayton County public bus system) as she pulls no punches when she knocks an icon down, but does so with humor. Readers will be amused by her observations and those who want more can do so at her bloggering site Smartypants.Diaryland.com which is filled with droll musings on the world according to Mimi Smartypants.

Harriet Klausner
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I LOVED this book! So much so that I entered it into my permanent collection of books to keep. This is something I almost never do since I belong to a book trading club and always get rid of them. This book was so hilarious I had to hang on to it. If you are from Chicago or have even been to Chicago you will find the references even more funny, and if not you'll still laugh out loud at every page. So Funny!!
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