American Housewife

American Housewife

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eBook - 2016
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Meet the women of American Housewife: they wear lipstick, pearls, and sunscreen, even when it's cloudy. They casserole. They pinwheel. They pump the salad spinner like it's a CPR dummy. And then they kill a party crasher, carefully stepping around the body to pull cookies out of the oven. These twelve irresistible stories take us from a haunted prewar Manhattan apartment building to the set of a rigged reality television show, from the unique initiation ritual of a book club to the getaway car of a pageant princess on the lam, from the gallery opening of a tinfoil artist to the fitting room of a legendary lingerie shop. Vicious, fresh, and nutty as a poisoned Goo Goo Cluster,American Housewife is an uproarious, pointed commentary on womanhood. --Publisher
Publisher: New York : Doubleday, 2016
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780385541046
038554104X
Branch Call Number: E-BOOK
Characteristics: 1 online resource (188 pages)

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becker
Jun 02, 2017

A collection of very short - short stories, all narrated in a sarcastic, somewhat snarky tone that made them quite humorous. This was a great book to pick up when trying to squeeze some reading into a busy day. Almost all the stories are quick, fun reads.

Miranda_Ericsson Feb 15, 2017

This was recommended by several friends, and it didn't disappoint! A quick read, and one I've found myself thinking about quite a bit since I finished it. Snarky and hilarious, but also thoughtful and dark. Like many prim and polished housewives of popular culture, there is much more beneath the surface than readers might initially suspect.

StaffPickles Jan 24, 2017

Kim’s pick: Irreverent, funny short stories about a certain kind of domesticity that rings too true in some places. Ellis picks up on the nuances of – and celebrates - being a homemaker …but without the guilt or the excuse of having children! Read this for the first two stories alone. Check out her funny Twitter account @WhatIDoAllDAy People magazine called it “Darkly comic stories about, and for, grown-ass ladies.”

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readwithliz
Oct 13, 2016

I was expecting more "ha-ha" humor and less dark humor from this book. Enjoyable and well written.

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books4kidz
Sep 28, 2016

I tried to enjoy these short stories. I wanted to read a short and humorous book, but this just didn't do it for me. I opted not to finish and waste any more time with it. I'm surprised at the number of reviews that say it is "hilarious."

Dark and wry humor combine with unforgettable characters in this collection of short stories. Unusual and quite enjoyable (and the audiobook is also quite good!).

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uncommonreader
Aug 11, 2016

I was sceptical when I first heard about this book, but it IS funny, in a light way.

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Jshuang72
Aug 08, 2016

I'm a fan of essays, so I liked it. A good summer read - quick and easy. Kick your feet up, pour a drink, and chuckle at the dark stories of undone housewives.

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JanPruatt
Aug 05, 2016

A 2016 book for those looking for new books to read or listen to.

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cruz__control
Jun 11, 2016

I enjoyed reading every single short story. Hilarious and a quick read. Highly recommend!

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JanPruatt
Aug 05, 2016

JanPruatt thinks this title is suitable for 12 years and over

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JanPruatt
Aug 05, 2016

Great collection of twelve short stories by Helen Ellis. In the first story of the group is "What I Do All Day." It’s less than three pages. In first person point of view, our first housewife begins - “Inspired by Beyonce, I stallion-walk to the toaster … I go to the grocery store and find that everyone else has gone to the grocery store and, as I maneuver my cart through Chips and Nuts traffic, I get grocery aisle rage.”

In "Wainscoting Wars" we find Angela Chastain-Peters and Gail Montgomery in an email exchange at each other’s throats over Angela’s wainscoting wallpaper, and among other things upon which they don’t see eye to eye.

You can feel the cattiness crawling up your skin as these two snarl and hiss at each other and agree to disagree.

As one reviewer tells us “I want to throw a cocktail party for Helen Ellis’s beautiful, demented, touching heroines …” And you may feel the same way she does when you’ve finished with these funny fics filled with fluff and flamboyance!

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JanPruatt
Aug 05, 2016

I keep my paddle raised until I hear "Sold."

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