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This blog turned book comes from around the same time as Julie and Julia but it neither tries to organize itself according to some overarching principle nor takes such a horrifying turn, memoir-fashion, but meanders in its own obsessive way. It's an odd memento from a time not that different from the present, with the political and economic scenes making scarcely a ripple in the hyperfocus of her attention on the mundane. She did not set out to make great art but it's comforting in its own way if you are already a reader of the blog. Otherwise, it seems unlikely that anyone would go search this book out. ( )
  rmagahiz | Dec 21, 2013 |
I've been reading Mimi for years (since around when this book deal went through, actually) and the book does a reasonable job of capturing her wacky non-linear style. It's edited pretty heavily - each "day" is a neat little anecdote rather than her usual "here are twelve things I thought about recently" and the daily diary format is palpably fake, but I laughed pretty hard at quite a few things.

It's not bad, and it's a quick read. But, you know, it's Mimi Smartypants - her diary is still around, still updated, awesome, and free. ( )
  JeremyPreacher | Mar 30, 2013 |
I love her blog. I would never read this book if I saw it on a shelf. The publishers did a real disservice to her, but on the other hand, they contacted her and said, hey can we print your blog? We will give you money. And so naturally she said yes. ( )
  traciolsen | Mar 13, 2011 |
I haven't got the actual book, but have read every single entry on Mimi's blog (whence these excerpts are taken). What can I say? She ranks as one of my favourite people on this planet and I haven't even met her. Two complaints: a) that horrid feet cover and b) this is tagged "chick lit"? Yeah, sure, 'cause we all know chick lit books are usually not about romance at all but full of discussions on gender roles and postmodernism and the existence of a "self", and the "logical flaws in Noam Chomsky's politics as well as in his linguistic ideas". It's a well-known fact that reading most chick lit books results in enriching your vocabulary daily, right? And, of course, I'm sure that chick lit writers habitually spew out sentences like these ones: "Infinite Jest feels very real, with the underlying premise that we MUST read, write, or talk ourselves out of the metafictional spiral; that it is actually urgent that we connect with the world, not hide from it with drink or drugs or television or literary skill; that paying attention to nothing but the movie inside one’s head will ultimately kill you. A novel about the absolute necessity of conveying our subjective consciousness to each other, that in fact IS an attempt to convey subjective consciousness to you, the reader—this feels like such a relief after decades of novels that laughingly deny the possibility." Chick lit, sure. ( )
  girlunderglass | Apr 8, 2010 |
I picked this up because as a former blog-turned-book it sounded perfect for bitesize reading between customers in the shop. A bit of fluff and fun, if you like. In fact, I couldn't read it under the counter for long at a time because I kept getting the giggles. This is a sharp, irreverent, slightly mad collection of personal musings and snapshot observations of Chicago life. Our Mimi has the humour of Bridget Jones and the sass of Carrie Bradshaw, all rolled into one...

The book is full of rather un-PC, very funny stories about nights out and people on the subway and bizarre conversations: all the ridiculous, amusing moments that crop up every day in our lives, and the strange flights of imagination and memory that we flit off on from time to time. Mimi's slight manic quality helps bring these things out in a way that other writers might not achieve so well. Recommended! ( )
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0060786361, Paperback)

Just who is this Mimi Smartypants, anyway?

She's 30 (but looks younger), 5'1" (but looks taler). She's never faced a situation she couldn't comment about -- especialy online! She lives in Chicago with her husband, LT, and her large cat, The Cat -- not to be confused with Kat (female friend, good for fashion advice, philosophical discussions, and getting into trouble in bars). She's never had a cavity and likes to look in other people's medicine cabinets. She's witty, urbane, outrageous, an international sensation; she's got a unique, smartypants take on ordinary life and its rampant surreality. And absolutely nothing is sacred or taboo -- not men, marriage, beer, religion, sex, marital aids, or motherhood.

Get ready world -- because Mimi's going to explain it all to you!

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:29:37 -0400)

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Author's real-life diary appeared on the Internet and became a cult. Humour.

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