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Friday, May 23, 2014

Agorafabulous! Dispatches from My Bedroom

Agorafabulous! Dispatches from My Bedroom by Sara Benincasa was all I was told and more.

Have you ever had such a huge fight with your bathroom that you chose to pee in cereal bowls rather than deal with the consequences of using the toilet? No? Well then you just don't understand. Comedian Sara Benincasa takes on her agoraphobia, mental breakdown, taking down of a spiritual guru, voyaging to Texas to teach hardscrabble kiddos, and living in New York City. You may just never be the same.

Reading this book was a combination of laughing hysterically then feeling horrible about said laughing because that which Sara is discussing isn't supposed to be funny--I mean, she is losing her &%$^. But her characteristic wit and her deeply ingrained pathos makes it easy to laugh and feel like it could just as easily have been you. (You know, that whole, "There but for the grade of God go I" thing.) It was amazing, really, that someone who went through such hell could come out on the other side and be so absolutely charming, self-deprecating, and all-around winning.

I also have to say that this is the perfect mid-semester book. Reading Sara's writing is like sitting around with a friend on a night in enjoying a glass of wine...or whatever you don't spit out your nose in the process of trying to stifle your uncontrollable laughter. It's not super heavy but has enough meat to keep you on your toes. And taking a couple of days off between chapters isn't a totally big deal, because you can always pick back up with Sara's insane life. Whether she is telling tales of woe about losing her long-term boyfriend whom she didn't really like anyway or she is putting up with a raving lunatic of a boss,  I just wanted to hang with her for a little while longer.

Kindle version on left, hard copy on right.

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