Read a Girl #41: “Little Weirds”, Jenny Slate

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Hello, friends :)

How has 2022 been treating you? I hope you are getting a good start to the year and are managing to achieve the goals you set early on. And if you are not, that’s cool too - I haven’t had time to sit down and think of my own resolutions so far, so I get you.

I feel like the author of this month’s book would get you too. You might know her from the film “Obvious Child” or her Netflix special “Stage Fright”, but she’s engraved in my brain as Mona-Lisa Saperstein from “Parks and Recreation”. Jenny Slate is the kind of girl that I wanted to be best friends with and when I saw she published “Little Weirds”, a half-memoir-half-essay book I just knew I had to read it and wouldn’t be disappointed. I mean, how could she ever disappoint me?

So the stakes were high and I’m happy to say she delivered. This is a sad-funny-heartfelt-soft-hard kind of a book about how wonderful life can be even when it’s being a dick to you. Worth every page.

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