World According to Mimi Smartypants Hardcover – Feb 2 2004
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From Publishers Weekly
The pseudonymous Mimi Smartypants, a Chicago writer and editor, started an online diary in 1999, leading to a book contract from HarperCollins UK and now publication in the U.S. She doesn't pretend this is a great literary feat; to her, it's like someone offering to publish your grocery lists. "You wouldn't even call yourself a 'writer' because dude, grocery lists? Come on." So don't expect heavy-duty style or even plot from this likable 30-something—she's just blogging, alright? Overall, Smartypants is something of a hypochondriac, with frequent passages on her colds and other ailments, like her "exquisitely painful leg cramps." Sometimes she drinks too much, with hangovers that tie into the hypochondria. The narrative's quirky images (e.g., too much caffeine makes the author's spine feel "like a glass harmonica") and odd suggestions (e.g., try hydrating those compressed-foam animals in a mouthful of beer) certainly give pause, as do her occasional word inventions (e.g., making muffins, she describes those "large lipomas of butter" trapped in the hand mixer). Nothing beats Smartypants's discussion of how the "pseudo-Aztec design" on the Tostitos bag resembles a uterus with ovaries. This is not a big book, but a funny little one, sort of Bridget lite. (On sale Dec. 27)
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"Mimi's 'bad case of sass-mouth' and no-nonsense." HEAT MAGAZINE "Like a mammoth backlog of emails from your wittiest, brightest friend; just as day-brighteningly addictive, and just as insubstantial...Mimi is a ripsnortingly funny raconteur...inevitably she'll become a publishing phenomenon." BAND! MAGAZINE "Move over Bridget. The web log of Chicago thirtysomething Mimi Smartypants is the real deal." ELLE --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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This was great bathtime reading; the wisdom and humor have been pared down into pithy little essays and vignettes, which makes it great for on the go or beach reading. You can sit down and read the whole book at once or stretch it out and enjoy it bit by bit. Either way, this was a real hit with me and I will be recommending it to my friends.
Like her online entries, this book is probably best savored in small bites, not read straight through. It is pretty dense and sometimes repetative with its themes-- as most peoples lives tend to be! This is not a smack against the book, but rather an observation.
Overall, whether or not you're a fan (yet)... its definitely worth a read.
Ms. Smartypants amusing reflections on life are fun to follow (easier to read in book form when riding the C-TRAN than using a computer on the Clayton County public bus system) as she pulls no punches when she knocks an icon down, but does so with humor. Readers will be amused by her observations and those who want more can do so at her bloggering site Smartypants.Diaryland.com which is filled with droll musings on the world according to Mimi Smartypants.