Spending the Holidays With People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

Posted October 12, 2015 by shooting in Uncategorized / 21 Comments

Spending the Holidays With People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

Review by Lauren

source: copy from Netgalley; all opinions are my own

Official summary: 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

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.

Review: First off, Happy Thanksgiving to all of my Canadian readers! Now, let’s talk about this hilarious collection of essays. I have not read Mann’s People I Want to Punch in the Throat, but after reading her take on the holidays, I know I need to check out her debut book.

This book focuses mostly on stories about Christmas, but there are a few other holidays that are included as well. However, I really love the Christmas season so it was fun to hear about Mann’s experiences dealing with the holiday. Her mom is obsessed with the holiday and loves to decorate every inch of her house. Mann’s little girl is following in her grandma’s footsteps. For Mann though, she likes aspects of Christmas, but finds most of it a bit over the top.

I loved her story about Cookie Exchange parties and how she doesn’t like most of the food but feels weird skipping over everyone’s treats. Plus, the idea is that you’ll be making a ton of cookies anyway, so why not make a ton of one cookie and come back with a lot more? Mann points out that she wouldn’t make so many cookies if not for the parties, so it really defeats the purpose!

There is also a really funny story about the crazy costumes that people wear for Halloween and how many people go quite skanky these days. She talks about a friend party that included children and how one couple came as something sexual (I won’t ruin the surprise), but for the children that were old enough to understand, it was highly inappropriate!

In all, I would definitely recommend this one! It really does make you laugh out loud and you’re sure to want to share the stories as you go, like I did!

21 responses to “Spending the Holidays With People I Want to Punch in the Throat by Jen Mann

  1. OMG, if I picked this book up and show it to any of my family, they would not be surprised at all that I was drawn to it! haha I am excruciatingly anti-social – especially when it comes to the people I live with ora m related to. I WANT TO READ THIS BOOK! I'm gonna see if I can hunt down a library copy. 😀

  2. I share the same sentiments about potlucks and cookie exchange parties in general! This book sounds like it is full of wit and snark, I do enjoy this types of reads from time to time. Great review Lauren!

  3. I've been a reader of her website for a while now and really wanted to read her first book too actually, but it was always too expensive on Kindle for the small amount of pages it held. I love those funny observations about life and what annoys us. It's almost a form of stand up comedy isn't it. I might see if this is still available on Netgalley and give it a read as well. Thanks for sharing Lauren <3 wonderful review.

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