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My (not so) Storybook Life by Elizabeth Owen

Title: My (not so) Storybook Life [buy the book]
Author: Elizabeth Owen [website]
Pages: 256
Genre: Memoir
Date published: October 18, 2011


Fresh, funny, and poignant, My (not so) Storybook Life is old-fashioned humor mashed with literary spoofery. Elizabeth thinks of herself and her husband, Matt, as a modern day Lucy and Ricky Ricardo. Together they’ve endured paint-color mishaps, sewage disasters, pest infestations, and a schnauzer that poops at tornado sirens. It was hardly the domestic perfection a young Liz imagined while reading Anne of Green Gables and Pride and Prejudice. Could it be that these literary stalwarts had led her astray?

Liz tells the story of her own path to happiness, along the way seeking revenge on her literary heroes: Jo March has to cope with a soul-sucking job, Elizabeth Bennett shepherds a Duggar-size brood of kids, and Anne Shirley deals with a penny-pinching husband. But every comedy is balanced by tragedy. Angela was one of Liz’s closest friends, a kindred spirit who at age of 33 was diagnosed with cancer. Before Angela, Liz was discontent. But it was the journey she took with this friend that made her realize that her house and its decorations and plumbing and dirty-clothes-covered Man Cave were not burdens to be tweaked and perfected, but blessings to be thankful for.

Why I’m Featuring It

Liz from Mabel’s House is one of my favorite bloggers. When I had a blogroll, she was on it. She recently published a book and asked if I would feature it on my blog. I couldn’t tell her yes fast enough.

I haven’t had the chance to read it, but I wanted to make sure you all knew about it. I kind of owe it to her.

Liz turned me on to Homer Laughlin Orange Tree bowls. If turning me on to beautiful vintage pottery like that doesn’t indebt me to someone, then I don’t know what does.

I think it was her who made me appreciate the wonder of turquoise paint.

Liz announced her pregnancy a month or two before I announced mine. I’ve watched her deal with post partum depression and come out on the other side. If we lived closer we’d be friends. So I absolutely wanted to tell you all about her book. If you like memoirs, why not give this one a shot?


10 Responses to “My (not so) Storybook Life by Elizabeth Owen”

  1. Serena ()

    I love that dresser.


  2. Sheila (Book Journey) ()

    I would feature her too! The book looks fun!


  3. zibilee ()

    The book sounds amazing, and it’s something that I will be checking out for sure. I think that the synopsis that you posted sounds wonderful! Thanks for spotlighting this one. On to the wish list it goes!


  4. Kathleen

    This sounds like a fun read. Thanks for sharing it with us!


  5. bermudaonion (Kathy) ()

    I’m making note of this one, because I do love memoirs (and orange tree bowls).


  6. jenn aka the picky girl ()

    Oh my gosh, I love turquoise. That aside, this book seems right up my alley. Thanks for putting it on my radar.


  7. Melanie ()

    I’m going to have to learn more about this book; it sounds fascinating.

    I love turquoise too. It goes with everything.


  8. Meg ()

    Just added to my wishlist! I made a personal vow to read more memoirs in 2011, and I’ve gone and done that. Now I’m addicted and can’t get enough. This sounds like one I will enjoy and relate to — and I love the Lucy reference.


  9. Lisa

    Sounds like a fun read and how great that you know the author!


  10. stacybuckeye ()

    Love the turquoise paint (and the glimpse of baby :)) Lovethe cover of your friend’s book.


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