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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5 3.40 (25 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Wendy Spero Narrator: Wendy Spero Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: August 2006 ISBN: 9781429587273
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Raised in Manhattan by her overly protective, sex therapist mother who wore “seven layers of shoulder pads” and her two doting grandparents, life in Wendy Spero’s world has never been dull. As a child, she passed the time organizing impromptu “garage sales” on city sidewalks, sniffing fruit-scented magic markers to intoxication, parenting dozens of high-maintenance stuffed animals, and seeking out other “microthrills,” which she writes about in this hilarious book of odd but true stories.

Life got increasingly more interesting for Wendy as she grew up and embarked on a stint of door-to-door knife-selling before taking an office day job, where she developed an abnormally close, paternal relationship with her big-time executive boss, which involved as much pot smoking as it did mentoring. (Wendy, in turn, sprinkled glitter in his expense reports and placed gold stars on his paychecks.)

Now, as a budding young comedian living in L.A., Wendy grapples with such “grown-up” issues as trying to kick her addiction of eating candy in bed and finally learning how to drive.

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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Andrew Flack | 2/18/2014

    " entertaining and quick read. She's pretty quirky and funky and has a weird/awesome life to tell about. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather | 1/31/2014

    " One of the funniest books I've ever read "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie Stoll | 1/31/2014

    " Glad I only paid .49 for the hardback. Not my cup of tea. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Martin | 1/27/2014

    " This was whiny, poorly written and not that funny. The main narrator and her mother were both obnoxious. I must have wanted to torture myself by reading this. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paula | 1/19/2014

    " Definitely not laugh-out-loud funny (I think I only laughed out loud once near the end), but humorous in a quirky way. I probably would have felt more sympathy for her had she not grown up in upper Manhattan, but I'm pretty sure she wasn't looking for sympathy anyway. Some pieces were more amusing than others; the stuffed animal obsession, for example, was quite good. And the stories progressed, more or less, chronologically, which also was helpful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Npaw | 1/6/2014

    " Well written and laugh out loud funny. Maybe it's because we have the same birthday or maybe it's because we're both nuts, but despite growing up as far apart and in totally separate worlds, I could relate to everything in her book. She loves pop culture as much as I do and recognizes that freakiness is something most people strive for and never achieve. Bravo girlfriend. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kim | 12/21/2013

    " I just started this last night. I can't believe I'd never heard of Wendy Spero before!!! She is a total scream. The chapter on her stuffed animals alone is enough to endear her to me forever. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maria | 11/25/2013

    " I actually listened to this on tape...but I would suggest it to anyone that needs to laugh, she is great reader!!! Book or tape this book is sooo funny! The author is a great story teller and great at highlighting the quarky things that make life oh so wonderful! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 11/23/2013

    " Quirky and maybe a tad self-indulgent. Not bad though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate | 11/18/2013

    " "You know who you remind me of?" he asked. "You remind me of that small, animated paper clip on Microsoft Word. You bounce around and try to be helpful...but just end up being kinda annoying." I took this as a compliment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joanne | 10/21/2013

    " Funny,Funny, amusing,and touching book about a Jewish girl growing up in Manhattan with her widowed sex therapist mother. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sara | 10/15/2013

    " Hilarious. I identified strongly with several aspects of the author's personality & memories, especially the OCD-ness and the worry that adults would not believe her (me!) if she saw an alien (or ghost, in my case) that they themselves couldn't see. She blames ET, I blame Wait til Helen Comes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tina Desorcy | 10/12/2013

    " There were a few laugh out loud moments, and I jumped back in time a little when she mentioned Units -- remember that store? Ah... the 80's. It wasn't mindblowingly hilarious, but it WAS a very quick satisfying read. Take it on your next plane flight! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cindy | 9/1/2013

    " One of the blurbs says "David Sedaris, watch out" - well not quite. It humorous, but not incredibly funny. There are some sweet parts too. (February 12, 2007) "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Irene | 7/20/2013

    " A darling little book, also available as an audio book. In the "Seinfeld Show" genre. Interesting and comedic observations of daily life. If Wendy Spero is looking for a new best friend, just have her give me a ring! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Megan | 4/21/2013

    " Microthrills is the perfect way to brighten up my day... I only wish it were longer. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Meg | 2/6/2013

    " Sometimes funny, but not as good as Laurie Notaro. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 7/1/2012

    " If you like Sedaris you would like this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greg | 5/17/2012

    " Good stories of the "I'm so crazy but in a funny way" variety, but they never quite take off. And if you happen to be crazier than the author, they just don't seem as impressive as they ought. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Dave | 3/15/2012

    " I think I'd rather read a whole memoir. I did laugh out loud once though, and it was an easy read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Megan | 12/19/2011

    " This was a funny book, however, I removed it from my favorites after finding the author on YouTube and thinking she was SO annoying "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 6/9/2011

    " I have a question: What's a "headband skirt"? "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 C | 4/3/2011

    " Entertained us on a drive to and from Bay Area. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Adam | 2/2/2011

    " If you like Sedaris you would like this one. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Laurie | 2/2/2011

    " Glad I only paid .49 for the hardback. Not my cup of tea. "

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