The Last Time I was Me

Occasionally I will be sent a book or author out of nowhere. This happens more rarely than I would really like but it happens. Several months ago, I was in of all places, the public library searching for something, anything really to read... Annnnythhhhing. Normally this wasn't a book I would pick up. to be frank, it looked boring, a nondescript woman on the front, no summary on the back. I think I even set it down and then said what the hell and picked it back up.

Thank God/Jesus/Jehovah/Allah/the fates/the way/Buddha and any other Deity that I may have missed- for sending me this book. Not only have I found a new favorite author, this was the best thing I have read in awhile.

A great book with a cast of characters you wish lived in your town. Narrator and main character Jeanne Stewart, is a warm, lovable, believable, sassy woman who thinks and talks like many of us wish we could…or if we are lucky, do. Facing a string of unbelievable losses, with a cheating boyfriend as the final straw, Jeanne flips a verbal bird at all of her colleagues, sells most of her belongings, packs the rest in a Jeep, and heads west. Stumbling into a small Oregon town in the pursuit of pancakes, (any woman who has dieted for over twelve years knows the value of pancakes in a crisis) she settles, and almost in spite of herself, rebuilds her life. With scenes that include naked night-time running along a river, bar fighting, wild anger management classes, dead bodies, germ-phobic landladies, sexy bosses, this book should come with warning labels!

  • Do not read in public! All the baristas will stare at you, with one hand on the phone poised and ready to call 9-1-1 as you snort, howl with laughter, and cry. You'll try to stop, it won't help! You'll discreetly dab your eyes and cover your mouth.... all to no avail.
  • Do not start this book before bed! I know just a few pages to unwind. The next thing you know it will be 2:35 in the morning and you will be covering your mouth with the pillow to keep from waking the kids and stifle the gut-busting and raucous laughter.

  • Do not under any circumstances exact revenge on allergic boyfriends with creative uses of a glue gun! Never mind-forget this rule. He had it coming.




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