Monday, May 25, 2015

The Worrier's Guide to Life, by Gemma Correll

Gemma Correll is a very funny woman who draws very funny pictures.  How's that for a profound, insightful start to a review?  Ms. Correll's new book, The Worrier's Guide to Life, reveals her anxious side.  If you're the anxious type, you will find a kindred spirit here.  Worried about rare diseases?  Awkward social situations?  Pet peeves?  Body image?  So is she.

Plus there's a lot of other random stuff thrown in here.  Here humor is rather absurd and silly, like the "Less Appealing Seasonal Drinks," like "Yellow Snow Iced Tea" and "Turkey and Gravy Macchiato."    Her "Ye Olde Video Games" include sure hits like "Dance Dance Industrial Revolution" and "Harpsichord Hero."  I particularly enjoyed her more realistic women's magazines: "Vague: For the Fashion Backward and Just Plain Lazy," including a feature article on "What to Wear from the Pile of Clothes on Your Floor."  "Out of Touch," which has pictures of people with the caption, "We have no idea who any of these people are!"  "Mediocre Housekeeping: How to Get Away With Doing the Bare Minimum."

Her content is definitely female oriented.  I think she'd acknowledge that me deal with anxieties and issues, to, but she's writing primarily "girl to girl."  (Not to say a sensitive male like myself won't get the humor. . . .)  Correll is funny and real and goofy and fun.  The Worrier's Guide to Life will make you forget your worries . . . for a bit.

For those times when you just happen to be dating someone and February 14 rolls around:

I used to have a dog who would lick and lick and lick my feet, so I got a kick out of this:

Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the complimentary electronic review copy!

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