Saturday, October 1, 2016

(83)Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave by Jill Kargman


In our house we are huge fans of Jill Kargman and her Bravo comedy Odd Mom Out.  The show is set in New York City and Jill (who essentially plays herself) is the only "normal" person on the Upper East Side.   Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave is a collection of essays and observations by the sardonic New Yorker.

Jill Kargman covers a lot of different topics in Sprinkle Glitter on My Grave.  Like summer camp and Disney World in "Orlandon't".    I found myself laughing out loud at her descriptions of everything from the overpriced hotel to the crap that is peddled in souvenir shops all over the park.  $12 for a pin only to trade it away to someone else?  No thank you.  Her observations made me think that I was right to believe that Jill Kargman is my "Spirit Animal",

Jill goes on to talk about her famous sister-in-law, Drew Barrymore.  You can tell that it was written prior to her brother's divorce, but she addresses it with a surely inserted line, that basically says they will "always be sisters."    She also talks about her parents trying to get them into a cemetery on Nantucket, and it took a recommendation from the  Secretary of State, John Kerry to get them in.   That "story" is covered in the television show, but the show made it sound like it was her in-laws that were crazy in their quest for the perfect resting place, not her own parents.     Other observations made are about plastic surgery, family holidays, and getting kids into kindergarten.  It was funny and interesting and a world that I will never be a part of - and I am perfectly okay with that.

Bottom line - Jill Kargman is funny, witty, and biting in her stories and observations of  life in the mystical Upper East Side.  Most of us will never experience what it is like having Thanksgiving with Drew Barrymore, but it sure is fun to read about them in her book.

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