This new book, packed with 12 short stories, caught my eye at our neighborhood bookstore. American Housewife: Stories is an honest collection of snippets of domestic life that explores everything from infertility to infidelity. Writer, housewife and shrewd poker player Helen Ellis compiles a witty, fresh and unique commentary on modern motherhood.
The first story, What I do all day, is less than three pages long and uses blunt, ridiculous and relatable phrases including, “I cry because I don’t have the upper arm strength to flat iron my hair” and “Fearing cold and flu season, I fist-bump the credit card machine pad.” Other favorites include Dead Doorman and How to be a grown ass lady.
I appreciate the easy reading and each carefully thought out and lyrical word. It also is a nice reminder that although someone may be stunningly perfect on the outside, you never know what is going on in each individuals complicated inside.
Have you read American Housewife: Stories or any other short story books? What are you reading these days?
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