Would Everybody Please Stop?

Would Everybody Please Stop?

Reflections on Life and Other Bad Ideas

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"One of the funniest writers in America."

That's what The New Yorker 's Andy Borowitz calls Jenny Allen--and with good reason. In her debut essay collection, the longtime humorist and performer declares no subject too sacred, no boundary impassable.

With her eagle eye for the absurd and hilarious, Allen reports from the potholes midway through life's journey. One moment she's flirting shamelessly--and unsuccessfully--with a younger man at a wedding; the next she's stumbling upon X-rated images on her daughter's computer. She ponders the connection between her ex-husband's questions about the location of their silverware, and the divorce that came a year later. While undergoing chemotherapy, she experiments with being a "wig person." And she considers those perplexing questions that we never pause to ask: Why do people say "It is what it is"? What's the point of fat-free half-and-half ? And haven't we heard enough about memes?

Jenny Allen's musings range fluidly from the personal to the philosophical. She writes with the familiarity of someone telling a dinner party anecdote, forgoing decorum for candor and comedy. To read Would Everybody Please Stop? is to experience life with imaginative and incisive humor.

Publisher: New York, NY : Sarah Crichton Books, 2017.
Edition: First Edition.
ISBN: 9780374118327
0374118329
Branch Call Number: 814.6 ALLEN J
Characteristics: x, 224 pages ; 22 cm

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TheresaAJ
Nov 06, 2017

This collection of essays views life through Jenny Allen's middle-aged lens. Taking on everything from attempting a craft project to escorting an aging father to the doctor to life after divorce, the author shares her humorous, "life will go on" attitude with readers. Ask the Answer Lady helps guide a newly divorced woman through her feelings about the new girlfriend. My Gathas are a riff on meditation verses with modern examples. Take My House Please is an accounting of an old house's aches and pains. The other 32 essays tackle other modern life surprises, woes, and idiosyncrasies in the author's wry, sometimes mocking, voice.

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