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People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges
People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges | Jen Mann
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NATIONAL BESTSELLER A debut collection of witty, biting essays laced with a surprising warmth, from Jen Mann, the writer behind the popular blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat "People I want to punch in the throat: " " anyone who feels the need to bling her washer and dryer" " humblebraggers" " people who treat their pets like children" Jen Mann doesn t have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker s swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her book. Advance praise for "People I Want to Punch in the Throat" "People I Want to Punch in the Throat" is so good that it ll make you want to adopt all the cats in the world. I m not sure about the correlation, but it s "that" good. It should come with a warning. Jenny Lawson, author of "Let s Pretend This Never Happened" Jen Mann has an amazing way of telling stories that will make you cringe and burst out laughing at the same time. From swinger parties to racist toddlers, she makes the suburbs unbelievably funny. Karen Alpert, author of" I Heart My Little A-Holes" Jen Mann says the things we re all too afraid to say. Her honest and hilarious writing style reminds me of David Sedaris and Tina Fey. Robin O Bryant, author of "Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves" Jen Mann s shrewd and unrelenting assault on the absurdity of suburban life is an honest peek into the occasional nightmare that is part of living the American dream. I love Jen. I wish she was my neighbor. It s so refreshing to know that I m not the only one who wants to punch almost everyone in the f***ing throat. Nicole Knepper, author of" Moms Who Drink And Swear""
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SiameseCatsRead
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Pickpick

Love this book! Jen Mann is one of the funniest moms out there. She tells us stories of her trials of being a suburban mom and wife. From rushing out of the house in pajamas because she forgot to pick up her son from school, to school to her daughter asking if she, too, will have hair on her "china" just like her mom, Jen weaves pee-in-your-pants stories of her life and those around her she just wants to punch in the throat. ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

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brittanybooks
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“Excuse me?” I asked. I always say “excuse me” even though I heard perfectly well what the person said. I feel that by saying “excuse me,” I‘m giving them a chance to realize they‘re being an asshole, and they can change their attitude for the second attempt.” #yes #book57of2021 #memorialbookchallenge #75bookchallenge

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j.rye
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She lives! …I live? I‘m alive… still. Again.

True story. This summer was hard. I missed Litsy. I missed my pen pals. I missed it all. But I‘m back for now (at least until the next mental crisis).

Hi friends. 😌

JacqMac Welcome back. I get it. I disappeared for awhile, too. 12mo
Chelsea.Poole Glad to have you 🌞 12mo
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StillLookingForCarmenSanDiego
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Mehso-so

Love the title, quick read, and had a couple LOLs. Other than that just ok, she's a blogger and that's what it felt like I was reading. Her just bitching about other soccer moms basically, nothing particularly hilarious or poignant.

Prairiegirl_reading That‘s disappointing because the title is 👌🤣 1y
ShelleyBooksie I'm sad to hear that it was meh- thats one heck of a title! 1y
5feet.of.fury Ditto the other comments! Too bad it didn‘t live up to the title 1y
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K.Wielechowski
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I agree with Mann, many of these people need to be punched in the throat. And why is mommy culture so toxic and just plain horrible?
Funny stories, cringe-worthy moments, and pretty relatable situations.

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iread2much
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This was quite a funny read. I am not very familiar with the life style described, but I do enjoy her descriptions of it. I live in a different kind of suburb, and I hate it, but I appreciate that the author can both love and hate her suburb. This collection of essays had me laughing, which is always a good kind of read. 3.5/5, read this as a series of essays and enjoy the witty, sometimes absurd musing of an working mom.

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Patchshank
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Mehso-so

First book of the year! I mostly listened to the audiobook while I was running errands and doing chores and what not. Didn't read too much of the physical book. It was a lot shorter than I expected.

It was a funny and goofy book. Not something I could really relate to, but I still liked listening to Mann as she told the stories. I laughed out loud a few times.

#MountTBR2020

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Jen_Reads
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Mood reading for the night.

GypsyKat Ha! The title alone is enough to make me want to read it! 😂 3y
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megnews
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Mehso-so

A sometimes comical look at raising your kids in #thesuburbs, this wasn‘t quite what I expected. Not quite as funny as expected either. However, there were definitely some good laughs.

#timbittunes

Book 59/90 2/10/19

Cinfhen I remember seeing this title in a Barnes & Noble!!! It really spoke to me 😂😂 (edited) 4y
TheKidUpstairs That title! 😂😂😂 4y
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Shadowfat
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This book wasn't quite what I expected it would be based on the description but I still enjoyed it for the most part. It's hard to believe some of the ridiculous moms and other people she encounters!

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Lova
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I loved this! I thought only my husband was that big brothers with our bank accounts! Lol!

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MelissaSue81
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This book was just what I needed. Silly, a little snarky, Mom humor. Most of it wasn‘t laugh out loud funny, and I doubt many of the stories are true, but it was a fun read nonetheless

Reviewsbylola This sounds like something I could relate to. 4y
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MelissaSue81
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This is me!

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JacqMac
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Pickpick

A quick, funny, enjoyable read. Similar to Jenny Lawson, but not as good. 4 ⭐️‘s.

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JacqMac
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It has been a really long week. For a variety of nasty reasons. I haven‘t even had much time for Litsy . Sometimes a library hold comes at just the right time.

wanderinglynn I want to read that just for the title. 😂 4y
Chellebearss That title!! 😂😂 4y
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BookNerd9906 Lol 🤣🤣🤣 4y
Austen_Nerd love the title!!! 4y
JacqMac @wanderinglynn @saresmoore @Chellebearss @BookNerd9906 @Austen_Nerd The title sold me. It‘s a pretty funny book, too. 4y
RaimeyGallant I wish your week was going better. :) 4y
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JenlovesJT47
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There's no option on Litsy to review the kindle single volumes of this series, but this review is just for volume 1. This was suggested to me by Amazon after finishing Furiously Happy, and it was only $0.99 so I figured what the heck? It took me about 15-20 minutes to read and was actually pretty funny. I'll definitely be checking out more of the series! 4⭐️

#mounttbrreadathon

BethM I can totally relate to the title! Although pets are children... :) 5y
Burghbookaddict Oh lord, I could write a whole encyclopedia set about this... 5y
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dariazeoli
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Because nothing says love like a good 🥊

Admittedly, I felt a need for physical violence when “The Hubs” questioned his neighbor spending $13k for his dog‘s surgery instead of putting him down. Also, I could punch the author for using the nickname “The Hubs” ad nauseum.

Happy Valentines 😂

#audioreads

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CuriousG
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Yes - it's been that kind of a day. When you end up covering your work desk with masking tape to avoid ruining yet another shirt or pair of leggings, you know you are winning at life. At least now that I'm home I can enjoy a few laughs and think about throat punching. 👊💥🤕

DebbieGrillo I've been there. I hope you get a new desk! 5y
CuriousG @DebbieGrillo I work for a school board, so I'll probably have worked another 2 or 3 decades and retired before that desk gets replaced. Lol. It's all good though - better the money go towards programming. I can solve most problems on my own with enough tape. 5y
DebbieGrillo I'm a teacher too. Ironic that we've both had to deal with this. The building manager fixed mine. 5y
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notsotriplec
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So funny! I laughed out loud over and over!

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CuriousG
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On a scale of cat, my week has been a very unpleasant mix between 2, 3 and 8. I'm so grateful to finally be curled up on the couch with one of the pups, reading a good book, and the flickering glow of candles all around me. #scaleofcat #tgif #hyggelife #somanycandles 🕯🔥🕯

AllenTStClair Definitely #8. 😑 5y
CuriousG @AllenTStClair #8 is pretty much every morning until I've had at least 2 coffees. Lol 5y
AllenTStClair @CuriousG I‘ve been very unimpressed with everything today. 😂 5y
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CuriousG @AllenTStClair That's why we have Litsy and books - to get us through the days where restraining ourselves from throat punching our way through it, is a reall struggle 😉 5y
AllenTStClair @CuriousG 🙌🏼🙌🏼 5y
Quasifesto I‘m a mix of 6 and 9; anxious and derpy 5y
CuriousG @Quasifesto - I love the derpy kitty pic! 😊 5y
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CuriousG
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And just when I swore I was going to start my book buying ban...for real this time...I saw that this is a book that exists. #buyallthebooks #throatpunchesforeveryone!

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Snow
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Got these at a used book sale today! Going to the bag sale Saturday 😍

kspenmoll 👏👏 5y
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WatchMeMerp
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GypsyKat I want to read this based on the title alone! 😂 5y
WatchMeMerp @GypsyKat It may have been what I was drawn to at first! However, as I am listening to it, I don't regret judging it by its title. It really is hilarious and ridiculous! 😂 5y
rather_be_reading 😂😂 4y
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Kappadeemom
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Sometimes you just need a funny book #sorbet #BeenReadingHeavyStuff

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amma-keep-reading
Mehso-so

Meh. ? Just another random selection for my 2016 A-Z Book Title Challenge (letter "P"). There were a few chuckles but it didn't really wow me. I also wasn't a fan of the narrator.

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Pandalibrarian
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Mehso-so

We always choose one funny book for book club during the year. This year, it was this one. I'm not a mom so I didn't relate to much of the humor. I almost bailed after the first couple of chapters but gave it a second chance and made it through. We did have a nice book club lunch today, though!

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beccaeve
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Mehso-so

This was a light-hearted audiobook listen. It wasn't bad, but it wasn't great either. There are some pretty funny parts, but not quite enough of them.

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stacybmartin
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Today's #labsoundtrack as I scramble to get all my lab work done before I'm out all day tomorrow for traveling and testifying in another case. I figured it was fitting for a Monday.

jyurkanin Oh man, this sums up all the work feels on a Monday! :) 6y
stacybmartin @jyurkanin right?! It was so appropriate for yesterday's mindset. 6y
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deefig
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Mehso-so

Moderately funny. Fast read.

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Books_Wine_Repeat
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A funny collection of essays that are more relatable to moms (some dads). Some were laugh out loud funny, others not so much. I think I have a much longer list of people that I want to throat punch. To each his/her own.

thegirlwiththelibrarybag Title sums up my current mood 😡 6y
Martyn_J_Pass @Books_Wine_Repeat My list could fill volumes ha ha ha 6y
SaraFair Being a Mom definitely brings out the anger that I never knew I had! I guess every one needs a dummy(manakin, not husband) at home to karate chop. 6y
Owlizabeth My list is "everyone except..." It's easier to keep track of the people I *don't* want to throatpunch ??? 6y
Books_Wine_Repeat @The_Bear Haha!! @SaraFair A mannequin and lots of alcohol. 🍷 @Owlizabeth So true! 😆 6y
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Books_Wine_Repeat
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😂😂😂😂😂🙌🙌🙌

KimM 👏🏻🙌🏻👍🏻 6y
Gayan 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6y
Coleen YES....YES! 6y
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Bookish.SAM 😂 amazing! Lol! 6y
marixa You had me at "fold laundry." 6y
Books_Wine_Repeat @marixa Yes!! Add do dishes and clean toilets. 👍 6y
TheJOMOreader WHEN DID MY BRAIN WRITE A BOOK?!? 6y
GlitteryOtters YESYESYES! 6y
cariashley HA 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻 6y
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Books_Wine_Repeat

😂😂😂😂😂🙌🙌🙌

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Books_Wine_Repeat
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Frozen pop and a book while the kids nap. I should start making alcoholic pops for just this occasion. 🍾🍭🍧😏👍

britt_brooke Oooh, good idea! 😄 6y
LibrarianJen I thought alcohol couldn't freeze...I could be wrong though. 6y
Zelma Frozen alcoholic pops are the perfect accompaniment to this book. 🍡🍹 6y
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Books_Wine_Repeat @LibrarianJen Beer and wine can freeze. The rest like vodka, tequila etc depends on the proof. 6y
Books_Wine_Repeat @Zelma Agree 100%!! 😁 6y
BethFishReads Rum and fruit works well but you can't use too much, or no freeze 🙁 6y
Lizpixie I can think of a few people I'd love to punch in the throat this horrible Monday morning😡😡 6y
Books_Wine_Repeat @Lizpixie Go for it! I won't tell. 😁 6y
Books4brittany I love her blog 6y
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Books_Wine_Repeat
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I love her reaction because that's something I would do/say. I talk like a pirate too. ☠🗡

Shemac77 Me too! 6y
Carol Lol it will always be my home but I'm much happier in the PNW 🌳🌲🌿🍃 6y
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CaitlinByTheBook
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Loved this book! I'm not a mom, but her wit and sarcasm about her experiences as a mom were hilarious! I could barely put this book down and didn't want it to end. Fortunately she has written several others so I can keep reading her works. Perfect.

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Macnjen
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Hilarious if you have kids.we have all been there and wanted to say what Jen Mann days! I want her as my friend! Super quick read.

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Macnjen
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This was a silly gift. Do I bother reading it? Would love input!

Donna_sBookMinute Can you exchange it? Maybe it came from Amazon or Barnes & Noble. (Fingers crossed). 6y
ReadingOver50 It looks fun 😄 6y
ZoeyPeacock Haha, I WANT to read it. 😂 6y
Macnjen I did start it. It's pretty fun and neurotic! 6y
Macnjen Okay just finished. Hilarious if you have kids. Super fast read and worth the time! 6y
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Zenira3
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Think I'm going to dig this #audiostyle

alibrarianslibrary Loved it so much! Quite a funny listen indeed! 6y
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ThatLibrarianLady
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Funny and so relatable for me. I can get behind Jenn's "fuck that shit" attitude since I share it on so many things. This did sort of make me never want to have kids because it sounds exhausting. Good book for helping me get out of my reading funk.

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ThatLibrarianLady
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Just started this to try and get out of my slump. I think the combination of funny stories and relating to how stupid people can be will be perfect.

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