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Reading Journal | This One Is Mine by Maria Semple

January 1, 2009

thisoneisminejpgThis One Is Mine (Amazon link)
Web site of Maria Semple
Little, Brown and Company December ’08
304 pages
Book provide by Hachette Book Group USA
DNF/77 of 289 pages

From Amazon: Former television producer and writer Semple (Arrested Development; Mad About You) bashes Hollywood celebrity, New Age nonsense and struggling relationships in this smart and funny debut. Violet Parry, who puts aside a TV writing career to have a baby and take care of the sumptuous L.A. home of her legendary impresario hubby, David, scratches a seven-year itch with D-list rocker Teddy Reyes. Yet Violet is hardly ready for the roller-coaster ride with a man who thinks only “about my rent and my car and getting laid and staying sober.” Meanwhile, David’s conniving sister, Sally, sets out to snag a rich husband, training her sights on Jeremy, a robotic sports-stats genius with a promising TV career. In one of the most hilarious sendups of New Age claptrap, David figures out if he’s willing to stick around to see where Violet’s wild ride will take them. Semple’s takes are tack sharp as her delightful cast is driven comically and tragically ever deeper into a culture of artifice. Semple obviously knows her turf, and she does an exquisite job of stomping all over it.

Amazon rating: 12 reviews/ 4.5 stars
Me: The year is not starting off on a high note. Not the book for me.

  1. January 1, 2009 1:24 pm

    Sorry this one didn’t work for you.
    Seeing as you and I read a lot of the books from Hachette I’m betting you have this one in a TBR pile. Look away when you see my reviews of books we share I don’t want to be a bad influence. 🙂

  2. January 1, 2009 9:46 pm

    Lol – look at it this way, you’re getting the bad ones out of the way right off the bat 🙂

    Seriously though, sorry you didn’t enjoy it, hope the next one is much better.
    Yeah I did. Oh well at least I didn’t break any resolutions but then I didn’t make any. 🙂

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