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by Jennifer Muirhead (subscribe)
I am learning all the time. The tombstone will be my diploma. ~ Eartha Kitt
Published November 24th 2018
Warm and fuzzy tales for the holiday season
Looking for something warm and fuzzy to read on the holidays? Look no further.

1. How to be Famous - Caitlin Moran

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"Girls should smile, when they think about their sex lives. That is the greatest wish I have for them." ~Caitlin Moran, How to Be Famous.

Nineteen-year-old Dolly Wilde shares a small London flat with her dog and leads the exciting life of a music journalist. She has an unrequited crush on a rock star, free passes to shows and all the free booze she could possibly want. When a chance encounter with a famous comedian leads to some bad sex, followed by an attack on her reputation, Dolly is at first devastated, then wants revenge.

I realise that plot summary doesn't sound quite so warm and fuzzy as promised, but trust me. While this book does cover some serious themes, overall it's upbeat and full of sincerity and hope, as well as quite a few laughs. Dolly's response to the chatter about her leaked sex tape is a biting feminist take on male entitlement and the attitude many men have to sex (that it's all about them). It's also about the joys of good sex, and of finding that first real love.

How to be Famous is the sequel to Caitlin Moran's novel How to Build a Girl, but it will still make sense if you haven't read the first book first (though you will probably want to go back and read it afterwards because this book is awesome).

2. Confessions of a Domestic Failure - Bunmi Laditan

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Ashley Keller wants to be the perfect stay at home mother to her infant daughter, Aubrey, but finds herself unable to keep on top of things. The sense that everything is unravelling is made even worse by the pictures she sees on Facebook and Instagram of other mothers with their apparently perfect homes, children and marriages. When she hears of the Motherhood Better Boot Camp, run by social media megastar and "mommy blogger" Emily Walker (picture a sort of cross between Gwyneth Paltrow and Martha Stewart), she thinks it could be the solution to all her problems.

This novel is the fiction debut of Bunmi Laditan, creator of the blog The Honest Toddler. Bunmi has a knack for finding the humour in awkward and sometimes terrible situations. This book will be relatable to a lot of parents.

3. Spending the Holidays with People I want to Punch in the Throat- Jenn Mann

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Jen Mann, author of People I Want to Punch in the Throat, has written a holiday specific collection of essays about people who annoy her. Despite the cover, it's not just Christmas complaints, but also some having to do with Halloween, New Year's Eve and other celebrations. It includes her irritation with cookie exchanges, gift wrapping and relatives who are obsessed with Christmas (eg. literally having a tree in every room in the house). It's an antidote to the some of the kitchiness of the season and is a lot of fun to read.
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The title of the third book made me laugh!
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