Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges Read Online Free - For fans of Laurie Notaro and Jenny Lawson comes an uproarious and oddly endearing essay collection for anyone trying to survive the holidays in one piece.
When it comes to time-honored holiday traditions, Jen Mann pulls no punches
In this hilariously irreverent collection of essays, Jen Mann, nationally bestselling author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, turns her mordant wit on the holidays. On Mann’s naughty list: mothers who go way overboard with their Elf on the Shelf, overzealous carolers who can’t take a hint, and people who write their Christmas cards in the third person (“Joyce is enjoying Bunko. Yeah, Joyce, we know you wrote this letter.”). And on her nice list . . . well, she’s working on that one. Here, no celebration is off-limits. The essays include:
• You Can Keep Your Cookies, I’m Just Here for the Booze
• Nice Halloween Costume. Was Skank Sold Out?
• Why You Won’t Be Invited to Our Chinese New Year Party
From hosting an ill-fated Chinese New Year party, to receiving horrible gifts from her husband on Mother’s Day, to reluctantly telling her son the truth about the Easter Bunny, Mann knows the challenge of navigating the holidays while keeping her sanity intact. And even if she can’t get out of attending another Christmas cookie exchange, at least she can try again next year.
Praise for Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat
“Mann’s writing has transcended from witty anecdotes and complaints to notable satire. Hidden among the many laugh-out-loud zingers are lessons on how we relate to each other, and how ridiculous parenting culture has become.”—Associated Press
“Following the success of her first book, she is now punching throats at holidays, starting from her being age two and continuing to the present, where she is a harried mother bemoaning not just Christmas but all holidays. . . . Harried holiday haters will chuckle and perhaps see themselves somewhere in Mann’s lifetime dislike of and misbehavior during America’s increasingly commercialized celebrations.”—Booklist
“The cure for my cold holiday spirit this year is the sidesplitting new book by Jen Mann. . . . Mann delivers her signature punch lines and sharp critique on the oftentimes ridiculous shenanigans of the modern family. Her ability to make an otherwise boring subject come alive with colorful personalities, biting sarcasm, and impressively astute observations on suburban culture is what makes Mann so much fun to read and so easy to relate to.”—The Huffington Post
“A lighthearted, laugh-out-loud book . . . with a feel of peeking into a diary.”—Mommy’s Memorandum
“It really does make you laugh out loud.”—Shooting Stars Mag
“A quick and delightful read that you can sneak in right before bed or when the kids are finally napping.”—FangirlNation
“Grab a cup of hot cocoa, sit back and enjoy Jen’s latest collection of humorous rants dissecting the ‘most wonderful time’ of the year. She unleashes her biting wit and hilarious opinions on everything from cookie exchanges to annual humblebrag Christmas letters from overachieving moms to horrifying Christmases of her childhood.”—Creating Serenity
“[Mann] has really mastered the short story format. . . . She packs the maximum amount of funny into the fewest words, and many of these essays are downright hilarious. . . . If you’ve read and liked her other books, you will definitely want to read this one, too.”—Bug Bug Book Reviews
|Title||:||Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges|
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December 07, 2015
Those Christmas books you see every one reading about love and shit? This is not one of those. This is the Holiday version for the 5% of us that really don't work up that much Christmas spirit. That stuff takes too much energy. I am a 5 percenter.
I LOVE Jen Mann. I read her other book People I wa...
October 25, 2015
I love humor writing, and so when I saw the title of this book, I had to have it. My overall feeling after finishing it is that while it had lots of stories that made me smile, it felt a little forced and contrived.
This book is a collection of short stories about the holidays (duh), and all of t...
December 20, 2015
Hmmm. This had some truly funny parts to it but other parts felt a little contrived. I have found this with most blogger books...it often feels like there isn't quite enough material there for an entire book, so some essays get a little away from the theme or they just don't fit. I have heard the...
September 20, 2015
Unfortunately I found that this book was not able to live up to the hilarity of it's predecessor. Where People I Want to Punch in the Throat came off as witty and snarky, this sequel ended up going into the direction of bitter and exhaustive.
I think the issue was that there simply wasn't enough...
October 22, 2015
And a-one, and a-two!
On the twelfth day of Christmas
Jen Mann sent to me:
12 Christmas-obsessed relatives
Eleven annoying carolers
Ten gift-wrapping conundrums
Nine selfish visitors
Eight embarrassing anecdotes
Seven failed Mother's Day hints
Six present-related tantrums
December 07, 2015
I received this book from Netgalley in exchange for an honest review.
Perfect book for my Christmas in 2015: I’m pretty much home alone this December. Not to sound all schmaltzy or depressing, but my children (and granddaughters) aren’t coming home this year for Christmas, and my wife is out in Ca...
March 25, 2016
2.5 stars - It was alright, an average book.
Not as enjoyable as People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges, but I felt like this one gave me more of a glimpse of what kind of mother I imagine I would have been, had I chosen to have ch...
November 27, 2012
What a hoot. Loved the freakin holiday hilarity
I love her blog. Follow her on FB. This book does NOT disappoint and that it was .99 kindle was even better. After reading it I would've paid full price. Freakin funny. ( and freakin would be the PC term not necessarily mine for this review!) YEA!!!...
November 04, 2015
Four stars: A hilarious and realistic look at the holidays.
For all you who are tried of all the mayhem, greed and keeping up with the Joneses when it comes to the holiday season, this is a must read book. It is a laugh out loud, realistic and funny book at the holidays and all the good, bad and u...
October 21, 2015
I absolutely KNEW that I needed to read Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges which is essentially the longest title of all time ever, but you guys, this book is actually funnier than her first one. WHAT...