Monday, February 27, 2012

Book Review and Giveaway: Agorafabulous by Sara Benincasa

“I subscribe to the notion that if you can laugh at the shittiest moments in your life, you can transcend them. And if other people can laugh at your awful shit as well, then I guess you can officially call yourself a comedian.”

Sara Benincasa is a comedian who has certainly dealt with some awful things in her life.  Her panic attacks began as a teenager and as a college student developed into full-blown agoraphobia.  This memoir takes a humorous look at her very difficult experiences and how she has overcome some very serious difficulties with her sense of humor intact. 

I, personally, found the book to be hilarious. I really enjoy good humor writing, and this memoir is certainly a good example of the genre.  I would compare Benincasa's writing to Jen Lancaster or Laurie Notaro, although she's dealing with a much more serious topic.  Despite dealing with mental illness, the book is lighthearted and easy to read.  I highly recommend you pick up a copy if you enjoy humorous memoirs.

William Morrow, the publisher of the books, has graciously offered to give a signed copy to one of my readers.  All you have to do is leave a comment with your name and contact info (email or twitter).  I'll choose a winner with a random number generator and William Morrow will send you a signed copy of the book.  I'll leave the giveaway open for a week, so look back next Monday for the winner!

For a sample of Sara's hilarious work, check out this YouTube video.

19 comments:

  1. This sounds right up my alley! I'm @kelly_clever on Twitter. :)

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  2. Please let me win this. Please let me win this. haha. This sounds like an awesome book.
    wjuneau26@yahoo.com

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  3. This sounds really good. I have a friend that has panic attacks when she leaves her house and it's horrible for her. Even if I don't win I might have to pick it up and pass it on to her. Maybe it could help.

    kgriffin1968@msn.com

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  4. This sounds like a fun read and about a topic I haven't read anything about yet.

    Please enter me in the giveaway!
    jennala(at)cfl(dot)rr(dot)com

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  5. I love a good memoir! KristenMErrickson at gmail dot com

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  6. Thanks for this review I definitely would like to read this book. I think it would be great to learn to laugh at our bickering with our spouses and when things go wrong we can just laugh, but I think to do this you might have to look at the bigger picture or perhaps look out the box, so to speak.
    I actually heard a radio show the other Sunday called The Book Report, where Elaine Charles interviews prominent authors about the background and investigations for their current books and where the authors get to talk about themselves. You also get to hear about the latest books. If you love books you would appreciate this show and you can find the times and stations on: bookreportradio.com

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  7. I love a good memoir! Thanks for the giveaway!

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  8. Sounds very interesting!

    alicia(dot)autry(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  9. This looks realllly interesting!

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  10. Oh, oh! I want it!!! melissalanders(at)gmail(dot)com

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  11. Lovely! Want! elistar1210 at gmail

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  12. Stephanie Rodakowski (SRodi811)March 1, 2012 at 6:47 PM

    Sounds like a fun read! Svidal247(at)aol(dot)com

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  13. This looks really funny! jlansing84 at yahoo.com. Thanks! -Jill

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  14. Looks like a really fun read!! Thanks for the opportunity!

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  15. Sounds like a very interesting book!

    Kristen
    KristiB707@aol.com

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  16. Sounds like a great book! nikki57 at gmail

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  17. Sounds interesting to me! I'd love to win it!
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  18. I would love to win! You can find me at my blog attached to this comment!

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