Is That The Shirt Youre Wearing?: A Memoir in Essays

The humorous essays in the memoir, Is That The Shirt You're Wearing?, a 2018 Thurber Prize Semi-Finalist, are woven together by journal entries from two summers in the author's life when absolutely everything happened.The essays address a diverse range of topics, from Brakeman hating being called "Ma'am" (and proposing a wonderful alternative), to accidentally teaching her seven year old daughter to swear; from discovering the perils of shopping in the loud and stinky Hollister store, to being scolded by a Very Important Singer. Each essay is introduced by a journal entry that provides a humorous or poignant (yet always very relatable) update on the lives of her husband, three daughters, and elderly, yet still guilt-inducing mom. The journal entries emphasize the cyclical nature of life, and trace the author's bumpy transformation from chronic planner to one who discovers the joy of living in the moment before she runs out of moments.This is not a mommy blogger whining about her kids. Instead it's a slice-of-life of a typical American family, a chronicle of the ups and downs of modern life. Readers of Brakeman's previously published essays have compared her writing to that of Nora Ephron. Though the humor is often wry in tone, ultimately people will find this collection to be life affirming.When not writing, mothering, daughter-ing, or wife-ing, Brakeman works behind-the-scenes on variety television shows. Also, she is a nice person and eats her vegetables.PS. She lies about the vegetables.

Book Details

Book Title: Is That The Shirt Youre Wearing?: A Memoir in Essays

Book Author: Kristen Hansen Brakeman

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ISBN: 0997400943