Miss Fortune by Lauren Weedman
Published March 15, 2016
Lauren Weedman is not okay.
She’s living what should be the good life in sunny Los Angeles. After a writing gig with The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, she scored parts in blockbuster movies, which led to memorable recurring roles on HBO’s Hung and Looking. She had a loving husband and an adorable baby boy.
In Fresh Perspectives on Having It All, she turns a piercingly observant, darkly funny lens on the ways her life is actually Not Okay. She tells the story of her husband’s affair with their nanny, her first and only threesome, a tattoo gone horribly awry, and how the birth of her son caused mama drama with her own mother and birth mother with laugh-out-loud wit and a powerful undercurrent of vulnerability that pulls off a stunning balance between comedy and tragedy.
Lauren Weedman lays her life all out on these pages. She doesn’t hold anything back. She is sarcastic, she says it like it is. She talks about being adopted, her husband cheating on her, her one and only love and good thing in her life( her son). It talk about all the things that go wrong in life. You can either take it with a grain of salt or let it completely bring you down. Lauren lets us see how everyone has problems. No one has a perfect life. She’s insecure and she let’s that be known. She is hard on herself at times.
There are funny moments in this book. Lauren talks about things in her life and uses humor to make it feel ok. The humor can be a little dry and crude at times. One of my funniest moments in the book and a great description is when Lauren is at the zoo with her son and she describes the vulture as having a face of an eighty-year-old man’s balls. I immediately had to google pictures of vultures and it is so true! I was laughing out loud.
The descriptive writing was wonderful. You don’t usually get that with a memoir but Lauren has a way of making you see and feel what you are going through.
This book may not be everyone’s cup of tea. If you don’t like crude humor and take offense to a lot of things then you may not want to pick this book up. Lauren can be a bit like Chelsea Handler at times. If you don’t like her humor then you will not like Lauren’s thoughts.
I will leave you with this quote from Lauren Weedman:
“I shaved my lady mustache (ladystache) off with my roommate’s gay razor (it’s a gay razor because it’s his razor and he’s gay) and now I have man-stubble on my upper lip. Then to make it just a tiny bit sexier I broke out where I shaved. So now I have an acne mustache. I should have left it alone. Like I do with the beard. The Korean ladies at the nail place were right. “You too much hair. You do mustache and arms and chin and back and neck. Please. Too much hair, lady-man.”