a bookclique pick by Nina Badzin
Unabrow is Tina Fey’s Bossypants meets Mindy Kaling’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me (and Other Concerns) meets Jenny Lawson’s Let’s Pretend This Never Happened. I’m not going to say that Unabrow is for every reader. The pop culture references sprinkled throughout each essay will most likely appeal most strongly to readers born in the late 70s and early 80s. Even the author’s biography at the front end of the book made me laugh and recognize myself and my generation. “Una LaMarche is a writer and unaccredited Melrose Place historian who lives in Brooklyn with her husband, son, and hoard of vintage Sassy Magazines. She is the author of two young adult novels, Five Summer and Like No Other, and remains a member in good standing of the Baby-sitters Club Fan Club. Lena Dunham once favorited one of her tweets.” LaMarche writes in that style throughout her memoir-in-essays. There are flashes of seriousness about body image, eating disorders, and more, surrounded by subtle smirks and laugh-out-loud humor that made it impossible for me to read Unabrow while my husband was trying to fall asleep. In stand-alone essays, we hear about LaMarche’s childhood with–no surprise from the title–a unibrow. We hear about her perception of herself as a late bloomer in the friend-making skills, having sex, and learning to drive, which did not happen until she was 25. We also get LaMarche’s opinions on trendy diets, how to use public bathrooms, and modern parenthood. I could have quoted many of Una LaMarche’s essays as examples of observations I found humorous and flat out true. I recommend Unabrow for a fun, quick read and for its smart humor. Enjoy!