Jen Mann made me laugh out loud with her last book, People I Want to Punch in the Throat. Her tendency to be truthful to the point of painful humor delights me in ways that are almost sinful. In her new book, Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges, Jen Mann turns the spotlight on holiday traditions and the aspects of celebration that make us all crazy in the process.
Mann discusses why she is never throwing another party for Chinese New Year, the dangers of Santa Claus belief, what to do when a child questions the existence of the Easter Bunny and the difficulties of explaining sex to a child after an adult wears an inappropriate costume to a playgroup Halloween party. One of my particular favorite parts of the book involves Jen Mann discussing the importance of treating a woman right on her first Mothers’ Day, even if the child in question is never going to remember it.
Spending The Holidays With People I Want to Punch in the Face is a quick and delightful read that you can sneak in right before bed or on when the kids are finally napping. The book works for folks with and without kids. The only requirement is that you enjoy sarcasm and have a little bit of a sick sense of humor. Imagine if Jenny Lawson, Laurie Notaro and David Sedaris became one magical unicorn of motherhood and wrote a book regarding how much they didn’t want to decorate this Christmas.
<Spending the Holidays with People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Yuletide Yahoos, Ho-Ho-Humblebraggers, and Other Seasonal Scourges is available October 13, 2015 from Random House.