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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (109 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Linda Erin Keenan Narrator: Cassandra Campbell Publisher: Tantor Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: November 2011 ISBN: 9781452675282
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Suburgatory lampoons the absurdities and contradictions that Linda Erin Keenan has witnessed since leaving New York City, where she was a thoroughly urban CNN news producer for seven years, and settling down as a hapless stay-at-home suburban mother. The original proposal for this book was picked by Warner Brothers in 2010, and you can see their imagining of Suburgatory on the ABC show of the same name.

Keenan was forced by the man in her life to leave her beloved New York City for a supposed suburban utopia. Instead she found herself trapped in a place where conformity is king and where she often felt like she had been taken hostage by an adult Girl Scout troop. So Keenan decided to train her twisted reporter’s eye on the strange inhabitants of this new foreign land. Thought of as a local town newspaper or website, Suburgatory includes “news stories” (Mom Plans School Auction During Dreary Sex) that go after the tiger moms, breastfeeding Nazis, frustrated swingers, crypto-racists, barely-there dads, and power-mad principals.

In addition to the irreverent news stories, Suburgatory features faux op-ed “shout outs” (Let’s Do that Key Party Right the Next Time), witty advertisements (Briarcliff Academy—Educating the Stupid Rich Since 1903), and an over-the-top, totally toxic advice columnist: Dr. Drama.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Linda Keenan is the smartest, sassiest girl you know times ten, after two shots of tequila. Her brazen, ballsy look at life in the suburbs is more than laugh out loud—Suburgatory will make you shoot milk out of your nose, then immediately re-up the lease on your townhouse in the city.”

    Karen Karbo, author of The Gospel According to Coco Chanel

  • “What life might be like if Sarah Silverman moved to the burbs. A sexy, saucy, hilarious romp.”

    Bill Diehl

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary | 2/7/2014

    " Suburgatory wants to be a clever commentary on living in the suburbs, and it often is, but the little news clippings and news flashes bug by the time you get halfway through. I'm not going to pretend I'm clever enough to know a better format. I'm just clever enough to know that this format isn't for me. It's not a book I can't put down. I think it's actually easier to walk away and not finish the book because of the news clipping format. It doesn't suck you into the next page at all. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Cindy Hallo | 1/26/2014

    " Not good. As the book that inspired the wonderfully hilarious "Suburgatory" show, I was expecting the same level of hilarity. Or at least a story line. This is just a collection of page long blurbs in the style of news stories satirizing events in suburbia. Not that a lot of them aren't spot on, but still. This book would have been much better had the news stories surrounded an actual plot line. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica | 1/10/2014

    " Perfect short stories for a quick laugh. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bree | 12/6/2013

    " I was into the way it was set up. It felt like the stories were made up rather than told to the writer. I was expecting something different so I was disappointed. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Alicia Kitchen | 11/3/2013

    " aweful, lewd, boring and really not funny. I only finished it b/c i can't start a book and not finish it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sue-Ellen | 11/3/2013

    " Not as funny as I had thought it would be. Found myself skipping through sections as they just didn't grab my attention. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Erin | 2/22/2013

    " This book is hilarious! It's very different from the TV show. It's a collection of "articles" (similar to what you'd read in The Onion) that lampoon the suburban life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marian | 12/25/2012

    " hoo-hah hilARious, truly. tears and much guffawing. all true! read it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alison Kenney | 8/8/2012

    " This books is a compilation of The Onion-style "news briefs" on different aspects of life in suburbia. Keenan doesn't hold back; snarky doesn't go far enough to describe her style of writing. Pretty funny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Josh | 7/16/2012

    " On this weird trip of preferring the TV show, though this namesake shares little in common with its progeny. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Crystal | 5/10/2012

    " not at all what I expected. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 4/21/2012

    " Witty,wicked and scathing satire about a fictional upper-middle class suburb and its usually clueless citizenry. If you've ever lived in a well-to-do. white suburb and felt absurdly out of place, this book is for you! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gretchen | 3/6/2012

    " Reads like articles from The Onion, and several of them are very funny. These are probably best read over a period of weeks, though, as the joke gets old, and some of the same themes are covered in several different pieces. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elisa | 12/22/2011

    " I must say I enjoyed these twisted tales. "

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About the Author
Author Linda Erin Keenan

Linda Erin Keenan spent seven years as a CNN senior producer/head writer for top anchors, including Anderson Cooper, Aaron Brown, Willow Bay, Stuart Varney, and Lou Dobbs. Before that, she was at Bloomberg. The tragedy of 9/11 pushed her to re-evaluate her 24/7 lifestyle, eventually trading it all in for baby and suburbia. Her first-person essays have appeared in the Boston Globe Magazine and the Huffington Post.

About the Narrator

Cassandra Campbell, Audie Award–nominated narrator and winner of several Earphones Awards, has performed in regional theaters across the country and in several off-Broadway shows at the Public Theater and the Mint Theater. In addition to narrating audiobooks, acting, and directing, she is a commercial and documentary voice-over artist.