why I'm like this: True Stories

why I'm like this: True Stories

When I was about three essays into reading this book, I logged on to an online bookstore to see if I could order something else that Cynthia Kaplan had written. I was enjoying the book that much. I was surprised to find so many negative or lukewarm reviews about the book at that time. As I continued to read the book, I kept waiting for the essay collection to go downhill, as the reviews had led me to believe it would, but that never happened. The essays in the collection were all winners, in my opinion. So why was I so dazzled by this little-talked-about book? I was impressed by Kaplan's hilarious style and her ability -- and willingness -- to put herself and her family under the microscope in order to make some very honest observations about life. When she puts motherhood under the microscope, she is particularly frank. I found her essays on this subject to be some of the most honest and perceptive I've come across anywhere. I highly recommend this collection of essays to anyone who enjoys reading writing that is genuinely funny, entertaining, and honest -- as opposed to writing that seeks to impress with its cleverness. I hope this is simply the first of many books to come from this perceptive and entertaining author.