I AM FUNNY LIKE THAT – PODCAST BOOK REVIEW
A PODCAST BOOK REVIEW by Viga Boland
There is no doubt about it: Helen C. Escott, author of I Am Funny Like That, is a very funny lady who loves to laugh, and loves to make others laugh with her. Just look at that book cover! So clever and it sets the mood of I am Funny Like That before you even open the book.
Helen C. Scott just happens to be very good at making people. especially women, laugh. Her BLOG by the same name, has had over 100,000 visitors. Obviously, she’s certainly struck a chord with all who need a good laugh…and who doesn’t?
So it’s only good sense to do as Helen C. Escott has now done and that is, compile those hilarious blog posts into a book. Producing a book from your blog posts is today becoming a popular practice. Now some might think why buy the book when you can just go online and read the blog? That’s true. But not everyone has time for, or likes reading computer screens. So a book makes good sense.
In I Am Funny Like That, Helen C. Scott chatters on happily about all the things most of us, especially women, live with, enjoy and groan about from day to day. You find yourself instantly relating to her. In almost every post, I recognized myself. She agonizes over her menopausal belly which refuses to fit neatly into her spandex underwear. So do I. She curses those miserable chin hairs that belong on her husband’s chin and not hers. Ditto!
And while I didn’t read 50 Shades of Grey as Helen did, like her I wondered if I could also become famous by writing a version of that book for women my age. When she decides she needs some sexy new lingerie (wonder if 50 shades had anything to do with that?) she discovers to her surprise, that today’s modern girls wear bras with metal tassles. Not really her kind of thing, nor mine!
Helen also has a habit, as most of us do, of completing her husband’s sentences in her head with her own thoughts, and then wondering how she misunderstood what he was trying to say. Me too. You too? And like so many of us who have children, she also gets annoyed with everyone telling her how to raise a child, especially when the advice comes from those who’ve never had one. Boy, have I met a lot of those!
Along with recognizing myself in so much of what Helen C. Escott chatters on about in I Am Funny Like That, I particularly enjoyed her clever one liners e.g.
“Can you imagine if Elvis sent out a tweet every time he moved? The whole internet would be all shook up.”
She could be a standup comedian as she pops this type of stuff out. It’s obvious she loves playing on, and with words, She has a very sharp wit you can’t help but admire. At the same time, when she muses on the fact that modern teens would rather be famous than intelligent while women in so many cultures would just love the opportunity to get an education, you know that behind the laughter is a caring, deep and thoughtful woman.
I am Funny Like That by Helen C Escott isn’t perfect: a few typos got away from Helen when she published it. But I forgive her because she wrote the kind book I dreamed of writing, the kind Erma Bombeck was famous for: a book that hits home with homemakers on so many levels.
I forgive Helen for publishing a book I wanted to write because she’s done such a great job. I really enjoyed reading I am Funny Like That, because I believe we can never have too much laughter, only too little. So thanks Helen for giving me more reasons to smile in my sometimes not so funny life.