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Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light: Essays
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The bestselling author of American Housewife and Southern Lady Code returns with a viciously funny, deeply-felt collection of essays on friendship among grown-ass women.
When Helen Ellis and her lifelong friends arrive for a reunion on the Redneck Riviera they unpack more than their suitcases: stories of husbands and kids, lost parents and lost jobs powdered onion dip and photographs you have to hold by the edges; dirty jokes and sunscreen with SPF higher than they hair-sprayed their bangs senior year, and a bad mammogram. It's a diagnosis that scares them, but could never break their bond. Because women pushing fifty won't be pushed around.
In these twelve gloriously comic and moving essays, Helen Ellis dishes on married middle-age sex, sobs with a theater full of women as a psychic exorcises their sorrows, gets twenty shots of stomach bile to the neck to get rid of her double chin, and gathers up the courage to ask "Are you there, Menopause? It's Me, Helen."
A book that reads like the best cocktail party of your life, Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light is chockablock with fabulous characters: cat lady plastic surgeons and waterpark Adonises, bridge ladies and poker players; platinum medallion fliers and garage sale swindlers; forty-year-old divorcées, fifty-year-old new moms and still-young octogenarians. Alive with the sensational humor and ferocious love for her friends that won Helen Ellis legions of fans, this book has a raw vulnerability and an emotional generosity that takes this acclaimed author to a whole new level of accomplishment.
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Helen Ellis. (2021). Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light: Essays. Unabridged Penguin Random House Audio Publishing Group.

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When Helen Ellis and her lifelong friends arrive for a reunion on the Redneck Riviera they unpack more than their suitcases: stories of husbands and kids, lost parents and lost jobs powdered onion dip and photographs you have to hold by the edges; dirty jokes and sunscreen with SPF higher than they hair-sprayed their bangs senior year, and a bad mammogram. It's a diagnosis that scares them, but could never break their bond. Because women pushing fifty won't be pushed around.
In these twelve gloriously comic and moving essays, Helen Ellis dishes on married middle-age sex, sobs with a theater full of women as a psychic exorcises their sorrows, gets twenty shots of stomach bile to the neck to get rid of her double chin, and gathers up the courage to ask "Are you there, Menopause? It's Me, Helen."
A book that reads like the best cocktail party of your life, Bring Your Baggage and Don't Pack Light is chockablock with fabulous characters: cat lady plastic surgeons and waterpark Adonises, bridge ladies and poker players; platinum medallion fliers and garage sale swindlers; forty-year-old divorcées, fifty-year-old new moms and still-young octogenarians. Alive with the sensational humor and ferocious love for her friends that won Helen Ellis legions of fans, this book has a raw vulnerability and an emotional generosity that takes this acclaimed author to a whole new level of accomplishment.
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        Ellis (Southern Lady Code; American Housewife) returns with another collection of humorous essays on friendship. This witty volume goes beyond tired old adages to explore what friends will do for one another. In Ellis's stories about being a last-minute birthing partner, supporting a friend through cancer, backdoor plastic surgery, and riding Greyhound buses, she posits that there's no limit on how far a friendship can go. She even explores the joy of being a second-best friend or a backup buddy--less pressure, more benefits! Each of the 12 essays features a revolving cast of Ellis's friends and acquaintances who will leave listeners cackling with delight. The audiobook is enchantingly narrated by the author herself, which lends to its relatability and hilarity. VERDICT This collection manages to be poignant and emotional while still being facetious, dirty, sassy, and laugh-out-loud funny. Perfect for fans of Jenny Lawson and David Sedaris.--Erin Cataldi, Johnson Cty. P.L., Franklin, IN

        Copyright 2021 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

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