Book: My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha
Author: Jolie Kerr
Genre: Non-fiction self-help/cleaning
Source: Free from Plume (part of the TLC book tour)
Readability Rating: 5 stars
Morality Rating: R?
Buy it: Amazon
About the Author
Jolie Kerr is the author of the popular column “Ask a Clean Person,” which is featured weekly on Deadspin and Jezebel. Her work has also appeared in Fortune, BlackBook, the Urban Outfitters blog, Gothamist, The Hairpin, and The Awl. She has been featured as a cleaning expert in the New York Observer, O Magazine, InStyle, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Health Magazine, and Parents Magazine. Jolie is a Boston native and graduate of Barnard College, now residing in a teeny, tiny, spotless apartment in New York City.
My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag Summary
Got a cleaning disaster on your hands? From theDeadspin and Jezebel author of the popular “Ask a Clean Person” column comes a hilarious and practical guide to cleaning all of life’s little, and sometimes rare, household emergencies. Just in time for Spring Cleaning – Jolie Kerr’s MY BOYFRIEND BARFED IN MY HANDBAG…AND OTHER THINGS YOU CAN’T ASK MARTHA (a Plume original, on sale February 25, 2014) tackles the most common (and uncommon) spills, odors, and – let’s face it – those oh-so embarrassing stains you just can’t ask your parents about.
I’ve read quite a few cleaning guides in my time (I got bored as a child. What?), but this one tops them all. This book is the modern answer to Miss Manners (or whatever other book told ladies how to clean back in the day) and addresses all the cleaning tips that a modern clueless adult needs to know about keeping his or her home clean (or at least hair-free).
Contents: This book contains helpful cleaning tips for the items that you really want to know how to clean (like hairspray off of a hairdryer). There is even a special section on how to care for wedding items, which makes this a great gift for any newlywed or newly engaged couple. There is quite a lot of sexual-related cleaning tips, which means this book may not make the best gift for your brand new step-mother.
Usefulness: All of the tips are practical and do-able- which is extremely important for a cleaning book. I like how everything is organized into sections and divided into subsections-making most things easy to find. The best thing is the glossary in the back that tells you where to find cleaning tips for everything in the book. My favorite section is the laundry section. I never seem to find time to stay on top of the laundry monster.
Writing: The writing is pretty funny in spots, but mostly, it is just straightforward. The cleaning tips are easy to understand and do not use a lot of complicated tools. Overall, this book contains the most interesting cleaning tips that I have ever seen.
If you like a bit of humor with your non-fiction and you don’t mind a bit of crassness, this is the perfect cleaning guide. I see it as a great gift for your newly-engaged sorority sister, or maybe for your boyfriend’s clueless roommate.
Buy the book.