Monday, March 24, 2014

Book Review: I Just Want To Be Alone

    It's not very often that I write a book review, but once I read "I Just Want To Be Alone," I KNEW I had to share it with my friends. Jen Mann of the famous blog, People I Want To Punch In The Throat, has put together a stellar sequel to "I Just Want To Pee Alone," which is a collection of humorous essays written by some of today's most talented writers. The stories shared by these comedic ladies focus on the funny side of marriage and a woman's desire for time away from the chaos of family life.
     The book is an easy, fast read with well-executed chapters that flow seamlessly into one another with a lot of laughter in-between. The essays touch on everything from early romance with a man in ill-fitting clothing to a husband who fears he is the bed wetter in the family. I laughed out loud over one woman's adventure in a mattress store (with her boyfriend's mother!) and another who disguised beans in her bean-hating husband's food for YEARS before getting caught.
     There were plenty of "Oh No She Didn't!" moments in the book as well (potty pre-nups and a husband who tends to his wife's hemorrhoids) and one misguided, eager-to-please husband who accidentally stinks out his very pregnant wife….numerous times. I also found myself nodding in agreement to relatable stories on weight gain and skinny husbands (the less WE eat, the more THEY lose).

     Although "I Just Want To Be Alone" is steeped in comedy, there are several poignant moments in some of the essays (a mother's letter to her son;  a couple's marriage put to the test during a European vacation) that bring a nice contrast to the overall humorous tone of the book.

    Despite poking fun at the kinks and quirks in their marriages, the underlying theme in the author's essays is a deep appreciation for their spouses. Jen herself sums it up nicely in her story:

     "We might not be the most traditionally romantic couple, but our relation- ship works for us. We've built the foundation of our marriage on relentless teasing of one another, constant griping, and the knowledge that no one else could possibly stand us, so we'd better make this work."

     If you're looking for hilarity, poignancy and fun, "I Just want To Be Alone" is the book for you. Do yourself a favor ladies and share this one with your husbands.


Soft cover book:


Nicole Leigh Shaw-------------------------------Ninja Mom Blog
Kim Forde----------------------------------------The Fordeville Diaries
Lisa Newlin---------------------------------------Lisa Newlin…Seriously?
Abby Heugel--------------------------------------Abby Has Issues
Magnolia Ripkin----------------------------------Magnolia Ripkin
A.K. Turner----------------------------------------A.K. Turner
Courtney Fitzgerald-------------------------------Our Small Moments
Andrea C.------------------------------------------The Underachiever's Guide to Being a Domestic Goddess
Christine Burke------------------------------------Keeper of the Fruit Loops
Raquel D'Apice------------------------------------The Ugly Volvo
Amy Flory-------------------------------------------Funny Is Family
Stephanie Young-----------------------------------I'm Still Learning
Meredith Spidel------------------------------------The Mom of the Year
Deva Dalporto--------------------------------------MyLifeSuckers
Katie Manley---------------------------------------Somewhat Sane Mom
Michelle Newman----------------------------------You're My Favorite Today
Ellen Williams & Erin Dymowski------------------Sisterhood of the Sensible Moms
Kristin-----------------------------------------------Life On Peanut Layne
Karen Alpert----------------------------------------Baby Sideburns
Allison Hart-----------------------------------------Motherhood, WTF?
Lynn Morrison--------------------------------------The Nomad Mom Diary
Stacy Hatton---------------------------------------Nurse Mommy Laughs
Meredith Napolitano-------------------------------From Meredith to Mommy
Heather Reese-------------------------------------My Husband Ate All the Ice Cream
Robyn Welling--------------------------------------Hollow Tree Ventures
Lori Wescott----------------------------------------Loripalooza
Leanne Shirtliffe------------------------------------Ironic Mom
Suzanne Fleet--------------------------------------Toulouse and Tonic
Stephanie Jankowski------------------------------When Crazy Meets Exhaustion
Bethany Thies--------------------------------------Bad Parenting Moments
Kathy Glow-----------------------------------------Kissing the Frog
Bethany Meyer-------------------------------------I Love Them Most When They're Sleeping
Janel Mills------------------------------------------649.133 Girls, the Care and Maintenance Of
Rebecca Gallagher--------------------------------Frugalista Blog
Nicole Knepper------------------------------------Moms Who Drink and Swear
Kim Borgiorno--------------------------------------Let Me Start By Saying
Jen--------------------------------------------------People I Want to Punch In The Throat


  1. Lol. yep my husband and I have figured out that no one else could put up with us too lol. :) Great sounding book, I will have to check it out. Thanks for sharing! Have a great day!

  2. You'll love it! Thanks for stopping by!

  3. You're so fabulous for writing this, Mama! We appreciate it very much, especially because you have been crazy busy. THANK YOU!!!!! xo

    1. It is such a good book and I LOVED your story, Stephanie!!

  4. Thanks so much for your kind words and great review!

    1. Thanks, Nicole, glad you like it! The book is excellent!

  5. Thank you MM! We love our husbands. But damn they can be annoying. I mean, sweet. Thanks for the review!

  6. Thank you for your kind words! I want the world to know that we can love our husbands and laugh at them, too. They're certainly laughing at us!

  7. The books sounds to be a really good read, Marcia. And attending to his wife's hemorrhoids? Now that is the epitome of love!!

  8. Thanks for the fab review!!! So happy you liked the book!

    1. Really loved it! Lots of laughter and some, "Awwwww…." moments!

  9. Thanks for the stellar review!!

    1. You're welcome, Bethany. Wonderful group of talented writers!

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    1. Well deserved---your story resonated with me in particular---VERY moving!

  11. Disguise beans!!hahaha that sounds fun :) I am going to check the book out :)

  12. Hi Marsha! I'm sure if you like it, it's good! And look at all those contributors. It's so great that women can find the humor in tough situations. Where would be without it? There aren't enough looney bins for us all :)
    Have a great day!

    1. I love that, Ceil!!! And its 's true---which is why so many bloggers are females, LOL!

  13. Sounds like a funny read. My gal accuses me of stinking her out on occassion too! Even though mine smell like petunias!

  14. Thanks, Meno Mom!! What a nice review. Really appreciate you taking time to do such a fabulous job for us. xoxo

    1. Glad you liked it, Stacey! It's such a wonderful book!

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