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The star of Bravo’s new comedy Odd Mom Out and author of The Ex Mrs. Hedgefund and Wolves in Chic Clothing firmly believes in Woody Allen’s magical math equation: Comedy = Tragedy + Time. Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut is a delightful collection of essays and observations based on Jill Kargman’s family, her phobias (vans, mimes, clowns), and her ability to use humor as a tool The star of Bravo’s new comedy Odd Mom Out and author of The Ex Mrs. Hedgefund and Wolves in Chic Clothing firmly believes in Woody Allen’s magical math equation: Comedy = Tragedy + Time. Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut is a delightful collection of essays and observations based on Jill Kargman’s family, her phobias (vans, mimes, clowns), and her ability to use humor as a tool to get past life’s obstacles, making the fun times funnier and the tough times bearable. Fans of David Sedaris, Sloane Crosley, and Nora Ephron will rejoice, howl, and sympathize


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The star of Bravo’s new comedy Odd Mom Out and author of The Ex Mrs. Hedgefund and Wolves in Chic Clothing firmly believes in Woody Allen’s magical math equation: Comedy = Tragedy + Time. Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut is a delightful collection of essays and observations based on Jill Kargman’s family, her phobias (vans, mimes, clowns), and her ability to use humor as a tool The star of Bravo’s new comedy Odd Mom Out and author of The Ex Mrs. Hedgefund and Wolves in Chic Clothing firmly believes in Woody Allen’s magical math equation: Comedy = Tragedy + Time. Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut is a delightful collection of essays and observations based on Jill Kargman’s family, her phobias (vans, mimes, clowns), and her ability to use humor as a tool to get past life’s obstacles, making the fun times funnier and the tough times bearable. Fans of David Sedaris, Sloane Crosley, and Nora Ephron will rejoice, howl, and sympathize

30 review for Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations

  1. 5 out of 5

    Emily

    I picked this up because I love the title and her chick lit books are kind of fun if you live in NYC and know the social system. However, this was embarrassingly bad, with only a few small exceptions. Kargman is a mom of 3 and there was so much cursing throughout this book that it really looked like she was trying WAY too hard to not sound like a mom. Sorry, it backfired. Also, she uses these really cringe-inducing nicknames/abbreviations for things that are just too awkward and unheard of to be I picked this up because I love the title and her chick lit books are kind of fun if you live in NYC and know the social system. However, this was embarrassingly bad, with only a few small exceptions. Kargman is a mom of 3 and there was so much cursing throughout this book that it really looked like she was trying WAY too hard to not sound like a mom. Sorry, it backfired. Also, she uses these really cringe-inducing nicknames/abbreviations for things that are just too awkward and unheard of to be believable. Who talks that way? The only interesting parts are the true stories of her life in the city-- from growing up in Manhattan with crazy ballet student au pairs, to an UES apartment whose downstairs neighbor was a brothel-- THOSE are what readers want to read, not the attempts to sound cool or young.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Sarah

    While Kargman has a number of hilarious anecdotes, I feel that her attempts to be risqué overshadowed her sense of humor. I often had trouble slogging through treacherously long run-on sentences that resulted from Kargman trying to include so much profane or crass language. I'm no prude. I can get behind a well-placed f-bomb or worse. I usually find inappropriate humor to be the most funny, too. But here, Kargman just took it to an extreme that undermined both her written clarity and her punchli While Kargman has a number of hilarious anecdotes, I feel that her attempts to be risqué overshadowed her sense of humor. I often had trouble slogging through treacherously long run-on sentences that resulted from Kargman trying to include so much profane or crass language. I'm no prude. I can get behind a well-placed f-bomb or worse. I usually find inappropriate humor to be the most funny, too. But here, Kargman just took it to an extreme that undermined both her written clarity and her punchlines. Also, it's got a feel of someone's whiny, self-discovery through learning to love myself, therapy journal that got published with the assumption that it's as meaningful to others as it was to the author. If you'd like a small amount of amusement with a large amount of crudeness and self-importance, this one's for you!

  3. 4 out of 5

    Leila Cohan-Miccio

    Even if you don't know the woman who wrote this essay collection, you know the woman who wrote this essay collection. She proclaims herself "a gay man trapped in a woman's body" (but is put off by lesbians with their "mullets and shoe boots"), uses words like "freakage," and has sassy friends who say "You're back!" when, after a sad spell, she starts singing songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch loudly on the street like a fucking ninth grade drama club member on their first trip to New York. She Even if you don't know the woman who wrote this essay collection, you know the woman who wrote this essay collection. She proclaims herself "a gay man trapped in a woman's body" (but is put off by lesbians with their "mullets and shoe boots"), uses words like "freakage," and has sassy friends who say "You're back!" when, after a sad spell, she starts singing songs from Hedwig and the Angry Inch loudly on the street like a fucking ninth grade drama club member on their first trip to New York. She is, in short, The Worst. I did not enjoy spending 172 pages with her, even if they were pretty large print in a very small book.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Erin

    This book comes with a disclaimer- if you are uncomfortable reading books with strong sometimes crude language and humor, this book is not for you. And I realize that is more of a warning than a disclaimer. Kargman is hysterically funny to me, but I know that not everyone enjoys reading certain words or about certain situations. So I want to put that out there. Kargman's book made me laugh out loud - I had to put this book down until my husband got home, just so I could share the funny parts with This book comes with a disclaimer- if you are uncomfortable reading books with strong sometimes crude language and humor, this book is not for you. And I realize that is more of a warning than a disclaimer. Kargman is hysterically funny to me, but I know that not everyone enjoys reading certain words or about certain situations. So I want to put that out there. Kargman's book made me laugh out loud - I had to put this book down until my husband got home, just so I could share the funny parts with him. I am sure he thought I was a nut, amid my giggles, trying to read the sentence. But he is used to it. Her hatred of Nellie Oleson almost had me hyperventilating. I was a huge Little House fan, and I really disliked Nellie too. And her descriptions of momzillas, I feel I have met those women, and yes, they are frightening. There are a few parts that are not meant to be funny, but reflective, such as the chapter where Kargman writes a letter to her apartment, which was sort of like her cocoon for a bit, and gave her the space to grow and change; but the chapter where she talks about how vanity saves her life is my favorite. Her never give up, I am going to get what I want attitude regarding botox led her to a startling discovery, that really did save her life. I loved this book, although I do not recommend it for everyone.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Sasha Strader

    Wow. I would love to say I was bowled over by the humor in this book, but really I was just amazed at the amount of profanity and the usage of teen-like slang. The stories underneath were good, but I had a hard time getting past a woman who is presumably in her 30s at least dropping F bombs at least twice a paragraph (among other obscenities) and using such lovely language as "Natch" (meaning "naturally"). I was going to send this along to my aunt when I finished it, but frankly I think she'd was Wow. I would love to say I was bowled over by the humor in this book, but really I was just amazed at the amount of profanity and the usage of teen-like slang. The stories underneath were good, but I had a hard time getting past a woman who is presumably in her 30s at least dropping F bombs at least twice a paragraph (among other obscenities) and using such lovely language as "Natch" (meaning "naturally"). I was going to send this along to my aunt when I finished it, but frankly I think she'd wash my eyes out with soap for reading it.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Jane

    I didn't expect a lot from this book. Not five stars or even four. All I hoped for was a solid 3. How can you go wrong with humorous essays? I thought it was a rhetorical question but the answer is, when the essays are not funny. I couldn't even continue reading the book. The thing makes it even worse is that it was so obvious that the author thought she was hilarious. I didn't expect a lot from this book. Not five stars or even four. All I hoped for was a solid 3. How can you go wrong with humorous essays? I thought it was a rhetorical question but the answer is, when the essays are not funny. I couldn't even continue reading the book. The thing makes it even worse is that it was so obvious that the author thought she was hilarious.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Tammy Henkle perkins

    I loved this book pure entertainment I could relate in so many issues..I read this just for fun and now I will see if she has anything else

  8. 5 out of 5

    Lynn Gionette

    I thought she was supposed to be funny?

  9. 5 out of 5

    Carol

    This could have been a good book. Certainly the author had an interesting childhood and I even agree with her on many of her intense dislikes (clowns! loud gum chewers!). But she also set seemed to go out of her way to describe everything as crudely as possible. I’m not offended by curse words, but this was over-the-top obscenity. Which made it not so much offensive and cringey and boring.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Marisa Thalberg

    A perfect audiobook for the car - didn't need ALL the raunchiness but she has a great comedic voice and there were several laugh out loud lines (especially for this lifelong - until - this - year) NYer A perfect audiobook for the car - didn't need ALL the raunchiness but she has a great comedic voice and there were several laugh out loud lines (especially for this lifelong - until - this - year) NYer

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shant

    Not the first or best book of its kind but a pretty light and good book to read at the gym. Like most humor books, some parts aged poorly (recognize any names in the book summary?), but it is what it is.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alyssa

    Some of these essays are very enjoyable, others are perhaps mildly amusing. Kargman might actually spew made-up curse words in her regular speech, but I found her to be much more entertaining when she toned it down and stopped trying so hard.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Misty

    Jill gives true meaning to LOL!! Love her writing & radio show!!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Barb

    DNF. Did not like this book at all. Made it about halfway through.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Des Collings

    If books had a rating this one would definitely be mature. If you're okay with that, This is a short read and pretty funny. If books had a rating this one would definitely be mature. If you're okay with that, This is a short read and pretty funny.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Glasgowgal

    This book is laugh out loud hilarious! Two thumb rings up!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Clarisse Kilboy

    Just some more trivial Upper East Side shenanigans of the author. Nothing really creative.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Giorgi Shakarashvili

    Joking about Down syndrome? You can do better than that.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Brooke

    Truth be told, I knew nothing about Kargman before I chose to read this book. I was looking for a comedic memoir of sorts and I thought she was delightful. Some of the cursing felt forced, but she's quippy and I enjoyed her telling. Truth be told, I knew nothing about Kargman before I chose to read this book. I was looking for a comedic memoir of sorts and I thought she was delightful. Some of the cursing felt forced, but she's quippy and I enjoyed her telling.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kevin Paul Dicks

    At first I found this book difficult to get into due to the relaxed, conversational style and strangely 'breviated words. And it took me a minute to get over the fact that the author dislikes the movie "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2." I mean, how could I possibly identify with a person who doesn't love that film? But I did get over it, I got used to the style and ultimately, I enjoyed the book. At first I found this book difficult to get into due to the relaxed, conversational style and strangely 'breviated words. And it took me a minute to get over the fact that the author dislikes the movie "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 2." I mean, how could I possibly identify with a person who doesn't love that film? But I did get over it, I got used to the style and ultimately, I enjoyed the book.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    I started this book years ago, and remembered thinking it was funny, finally finished it up and decided it was not really. I don't know if I changed or the book did. I started this book years ago, and remembered thinking it was funny, finally finished it up and decided it was not really. I don't know if I changed or the book did.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Kieran

    This was a lot of fun. High three stars (the other one I read by her was low three stars).

  23. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Orozco

    Some of us mommies don't fit in with the others. We paint our nails black, or wear converse. We say inappropriate things or don't participate in fundraisers. Sometimes we roll our eyes at school administrators or cut in the car line. You would think we'd have learned by now how to fit in a little more. How to keep our mouths closed from time to time. How to be an adult. For those of you who rail against conformity, I recommend you read this book: Jill Kargman's Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essay Some of us mommies don't fit in with the others. We paint our nails black, or wear converse. We say inappropriate things or don't participate in fundraisers. Sometimes we roll our eyes at school administrators or cut in the car line. You would think we'd have learned by now how to fit in a little more. How to keep our mouths closed from time to time. How to be an adult. For those of you who rail against conformity, I recommend you read this book: Jill Kargman's Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut: Essays and Observations. You will laugh. You will be scandalized. You might look over your shoulder a time or two, hoping no one sees what the fuss is about. You will cover your mouth in horror. And then you will laugh again. Kargman tells you just why she has a deep aversion to clowns. And you will never hire one for your child's birthday party again. She will let you glimpse a day in the life of the momzillas that will have you swear against overstructured schedules and timelines. She will even give you a list of vocab words she wants to see in heavy rotation again. She will tell you why she's a gay man trapped in a woman's body (funniest chapter in the book!) And there are sweet chapters in here as well: one devoted to her apartment, which saw her through the good, the bad, the ugly, and the transitional. We learn how Kargman's vanity saves her life. And even funnier, how Jill's daughter is learning to be a bad-ass like her mom... At one point, Jill's daughter gets in trouble at school: "At pickup one day when Sadie was three, the teachers, stifling a smile, informed me that my little smocked-dress-wearing daughter said the F word. Mildly mortified, I asked for more details. 'Well,' said the teacher, 'Charlie told her that her dress was hideous and she told him to fuck off.' 'Oh, okay, well, she used it in the right context then!' was my reply." I'm not going to lie. I've instructed my girls to say/do things that might land them in detention one day. But at least the little boy picking on her in the bus will learn his lesson. There are some downsides: the book is dedicated to Woody Allen, whose name makes me break out into a nauseatingly cold sweat. That's a personal thing, I guess: I'm not a big fan of Woody Allen or the Soon Yi debacle. Second, the author tries a little too hard to sound trendy and blase that sometimes it seems like you're watching a bad episode of Will and Grace. It's rare, but it does happen. Other than that, I enjoyed the book and would recommend it to any woman who doesn't quite fit it in with the other perfect mommies.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    She's rather blunt, but nice quick listen to. She read the audio version personally. I enjoyed hearing her mannerisms direct. She's rather blunt, but nice quick listen to. She read the audio version personally. I enjoyed hearing her mannerisms direct.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Elizabeth of Silver's Reviews

    Perfect title for this book....the stories were definitely nutty. Events from childhood, college, and beyond...the stories just kept coming. Jill told stories about everyday happenings and her likes and dislikes....imagine having gasoline as your favorite smell. Once it was mentioned, her observations and memories had you recalling a story about yourself and a similar situation. The glossary at the beginning of the book was quite funny and set the tone. My favorite section was titled Obsessed/De Perfect title for this book....the stories were definitely nutty. Events from childhood, college, and beyond...the stories just kept coming. Jill told stories about everyday happenings and her likes and dislikes....imagine having gasoline as your favorite smell. Once it was mentioned, her observations and memories had you recalling a story about yourself and a similar situation. The glossary at the beginning of the book was quite funny and set the tone. My favorite section was titled Obsessed/Detest...and Yes...I did google “teratomas”....Page 85 :) The brief sections were funny and creative and talked about circumstances that we hate to happen, but they do. My obsession with cohesion in a book made it slightly challenging to read, but if you enjoy little vignettes compared to a full plot you will take pleasure in each of the stories. The little drawings added to the book's hilarity as well. The book will definitely make you laugh. I really enjoyed it, but I did have one objection....the use of a certain word. My rating is 4/5 only because of my preference to a full plot. Happy Laughing.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Kristin (Kritters Ramblings)

    A snarky good humored comedy written in the form of small essays or short stories. I loved the variety of topics she covered from her childhood to raising her own children. I felt as thought I got to know her a little better and chuckled when I absolutely related to her crazy thoughts. Hoping not to offend anyone - my favorite topic she covered was her love for the gay men community. Now some of you may now, I share her great love for this community. When I lived in my former city of Charlotte, N A snarky good humored comedy written in the form of small essays or short stories. I loved the variety of topics she covered from her childhood to raising her own children. I felt as thought I got to know her a little better and chuckled when I absolutely related to her crazy thoughts. Hoping not to offend anyone - my favorite topic she covered was her love for the gay men community. Now some of you may now, I share her great love for this community. When I lived in my former city of Charlotte, NC, I took up residence with one of my best friends, a boy, who also likes boys. Those two years were beyond fun, exciting and life changing. In short, we had a blast. Walking into a gay bar and being told numerous times how beautiful you were and because welp they thought it, was amazing. Not veering too political or off the book review, I loved this chapter, it hit really close to home. I would pass this book along to the ladies who love a little humor, but don't mind a little language thrown around. Those who are parents and those who aren't headed down that road yet (or ever), this book was a great little laugh.

  27. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    I definitely recommend this as an audiobook rather than reading the hard copy or ebook. There is so much slang and strange turns of phrases that would be endlessly distracting if I had read this but listening to it read by the author put just the right inflections on every sentence so it felt like a conversation and I could let some of the ridiculous language choices go. This was a sometimes funny, sometimes honest, sometimes over-the-top collection of stories from the author's life. It was ente I definitely recommend this as an audiobook rather than reading the hard copy or ebook. There is so much slang and strange turns of phrases that would be endlessly distracting if I had read this but listening to it read by the author put just the right inflections on every sentence so it felt like a conversation and I could let some of the ridiculous language choices go. This was a sometimes funny, sometimes honest, sometimes over-the-top collection of stories from the author's life. It was entertaining and short enough to keep me interested. There was a certain amount of taken-for-granted privilege that came through that put me off but that's more my own shit rather than a fair critique of the book (though I mention it here since I don't think I'm the only one with this particular set of baggage). Anyway, if you like this author or are looking for a quick memoir about an upper class Jewess from NYC with 3 children and a Yale education, then by all means, pick this up. p.s. there is also a fair amount of unexplained Canada-bashing in this so my fellow proud Canadians may wish to steer clear.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Alice Bola

    I love to laugh. Really, doesn't everyone? I looked forward to reading Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut so I could laughing my way through these essays and observations. I was expecting good writing tinged with humor and wit. I'm pleased to say I got that. This is the perfect little book to carry about in your purse or backpack, the kind you take out when you are waiting in line or have a few minutes to yourself or need a good laugh. Ms. Kargman covered a variety of topics from her kids to marriage t I love to laugh. Really, doesn't everyone? I looked forward to reading Sometimes I Feel Like a Nut so I could laughing my way through these essays and observations. I was expecting good writing tinged with humor and wit. I'm pleased to say I got that. This is the perfect little book to carry about in your purse or backpack, the kind you take out when you are waiting in line or have a few minutes to yourself or need a good laugh. Ms. Kargman covered a variety of topics from her kids to marriage to fears. I loved her list of the times her kids embarrassed her. Her adventures in the apartment with the brothel and frat boy neighbors left me in stitches. I also enjoyed the way she infused pop culture into almost each and every page. I loved that she's a real New Yorker. What I didn't expect was how mean Ms. Kargman came across. Perhaps mean is too harsh, blunt is more like it. This isn't a PG read. It's laced with cursing and semi-obscene humorous little drawings. It might make you blush a little, but it's worth it. You'll laugh too.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Paul

    This is a rollicking, hysterical book. Kargman writes like a talented maniac. She has hilarious scenes, such as the Seder she attended where a black choir came out and sang "My God" to the tune of "My Girl." She makes up abbreviations like 'teria for bacteria that are hilarious and easy to figure out. Some of the things that have happened to her in her 35-plus years are just unbelievably funny. "You can't make this shit up," she says repeatedly. Woody Allen is her hero, and she writes like a baw This is a rollicking, hysterical book. Kargman writes like a talented maniac. She has hilarious scenes, such as the Seder she attended where a black choir came out and sang "My God" to the tune of "My Girl." She makes up abbreviations like 'teria for bacteria that are hilarious and easy to figure out. Some of the things that have happened to her in her 35-plus years are just unbelievably funny. "You can't make this shit up," she says repeatedly. Woody Allen is her hero, and she writes like a bawdy version of him. Full of mildly obscene words, if that bothers you, but it sure didn't bother me. The book is only 118 pages, so you can read it in a couple hours--three hours if you count the time you have to stop reading it to laugh out loud. I would HIGHLY recommend this book to anyone with a great sense of humor.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Susan

    I love folks with a wacky sense of humor, who can get through rough spots in life and always see the demented side. Jill Kargman definitely fills that bill. In SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A NUT, she steps away from her best-selling beach reads to write about her reflections on her life thus far. She shares her tales of being a mistfit in her East Coast prep school ("Wednesday Addams in Barbieland") to a beloved apartment in New York where she did a lot of real growing up to married life with kids, cra I love folks with a wacky sense of humor, who can get through rough spots in life and always see the demented side. Jill Kargman definitely fills that bill. In SOMETIMES I FEEL LIKE A NUT, she steps away from her best-selling beach reads to write about her reflections on her life thus far. She shares her tales of being a mistfit in her East Coast prep school ("Wednesday Addams in Barbieland") to a beloved apartment in New York where she did a lot of real growing up to married life with kids, crazy nannies, and Momzillas. Even her experience dealing with a skin cancer diagnosis is addressed, and she's very candid about what she went through and the scars it left behind. If you're a fan of Chelsea Handler's bawdy humor, I have a feeling you'll go nuts for this book.

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