Do you want to fall in love? Reading this will cause you to, with a weird and wonderful woman. The world of Jenny Slate is indeed filled with observations that are a little weird, but to view the world through her eyes is a total delight. Laugh out loud funny!
I admit, I found this collection a little off-putting, and a little weird (of course). It felt like it was trying too hard. And then it blossomed into something beautiful; into sentences that I saved for later, shared with friends, laughed out loud at.
If you've ever had a poor first impression of someone, and later grew to love them, think of this book that way.
I love Jenny Slate for her comedy (Mona Lisa from Parks and Rec is ICONIC) but I’ve fallen for her more serious side after reading Little Weirds. A collection of short essays, detailing in strange phrases Slate’s thoughts and emotions, this micro memoir wraps you up in empathy and reminds you it’s okay to feel flowery bright things but also insecure and sad things.
It’s great. It’s weird. It’s moving. It’s Jenny.
Favorite quote: “Yes, there have been lots of feelings that have felt like breaths in with no out breaths.”
Not quite a memoir, but not quite a book of short stories, Little Weirds gives you a glimpse into the creative mind of the lovable comedian, Jenny Slate. With many stories bordering on magical realism, Little Weirds is sure to inspire and awaken your traditional way of thinking. Almost impossible to put into words, Slate has truly written a book that is unique and thoughtful.
“Little Weirds, a collection of essays by actress and comedian Jenny Slate, is pure magic—a joyous, thoughtful, and deeply gorgeous peek into the soul of an extremely bright and unique individual. Jenny’s mastery of the English language, the way she arranges words to tell a story, the vulnerability with which she does it, and the purity of her heart is so astounding at times that reading a paragraph once or twice is simply not enough. Little Weirds cuts deeply into what it means to be a woman here on this earth. It is about friendship and growth and learning to love ourselves in all of our tender and wild strangeness.”
— Jenna Schenk, BookTowne, Manasquan, NJ
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“Little lovely weirds from the big, lovely, weirdness of Jenny Slate’s brain. I am recommending that you get both a physical copy to beautify your shelves and the audiobook so that Slate can croon her little weirds into your ears — and that way, your hands are free for snacking or petting the dog or arranging acorns on your mantle.”
— Kate Towery, Fountain Bookstore, Richmond, VA
One of Vanity Fair's Great Quarantine Reads: Step into Jenny Slate's wild imagination in this "magical" (Mindy Kaling), "delicious" (Amy Sedaris), and "poignant" (John Mulaney) New York Times bestseller about love, heartbreak, and being alive -- "this book is something new and wonderful" (George Saunders).
You may "know" Jenny Slate from her Netflix special, Stage Fright, as the creator of Marcel the Shell, or as the star of "Obvious Child." But you don't really know Jenny Slate until you get bonked on the head by her absolutely singular writing style. To see the world through Jenny's eyes is to see it as though for the first time, shimmering with strangeness and possibility.
As she will remind you, we live on an ancient ball that rotates around a bigger ball made up of lights and gasses that are science gasses, not farts (don't be immature). Heartbreak, confusion, and misogyny stalk this blue-green sphere, yes, but it is also a place of wild delight and unconstrained vitality, a place where we can start living as soon as we are born, and we can be born at any time. In her dazzling, impossible-to-categorize debut, Jenny channels the pain and beauty of life in writing so fresh, so new, and so burstingly alive, we catch her vision like a fever and bring it back out into the bright day with us, where everything has changed.
About the Author
Jenny Slate is an actress, stand-up comedian, and the New York Times bestselling author of the children's book Marcel The Shell with Shoes On. She has been in many movies and TV shows and also plays many cartoon animals. Jenny is a graduate of Columbia University and has a young heart and an antique soul. She lives in a 100-year-old house in the bizarre and fun city Los Angeles, where nobody ever gets old at all.
"This book is something new and wonderful--honest, funny, positive, completely original, and inspiring in the very best way: it made me remember I was alive."GEORGE SAUNDERS
"A man on the 2 Express Train read some of Jenny Slate's Little Weirds over my shoulder. 'What kind of book is this?' he asked. 'The best kind,' I replied."JOHN MULANEY
"This book is like a stovetop goulash, delicious and varied ingredients,prepared perfectly and excellent with bread...I'm sorry, I lost track of thesimile."AMY SEDARIS
"Luminous,emotional, lovely, and a little mysterious, this book is something you willsavor like a half-remembered, gorgeous dream. You'll finish it feeling likeJenny Slate is your new best friend."SUSAN ORLEAN, author of THE LIBRARY BOOK and THE ORCHID THIEF
"Indescribable, but eminently readable, the actor-comedian's book consists of a carnival of observations, ideas and events that may or may not make up a memoir. Basically, Little Weirds is performance art in high-caliber prose."THE WASHINGTON POST
"Jenny's writing is wide open, tuneful, tender. She sees the world (and feels the world) like a bug might, two antennae poking out from her head like sensory wands. Reading Little Weirds made me feel tipsy."DURGA CHEW-BOSE,author of TOO MUCH AND NOT THE MOOD
"Slate invites us for a glorious swim inside herimagination as she explores romance, heartbreak and self-love in thispoetry-memoir-fiction mash-up. It's a work that breaks the mold."PEOPLE
"At once warm, heartbreaking, and erotic...a strange, witty,sad journey into the depths of their author's imagination...devastating in theirunfiltered honesty, even optimism...showcasing [Slate's] singular poetic forms ofexpression."ENTERTAINMENT WEEKLY
"A singularly hilariousand horny, but also poignant and tender, collection of writing that beautifullycaptures Slate's inimitable voice, which is one that, once you've heard it, youwant to listen to forever."NYLON
"Reading Jenny Slate's Little Weirds is like digesting Shakespearean sonnets: It's different enough from ordinary English that it takes your brain a few, very-long sentences to adjust to its sweet, flowery prose. But once you've recalibrated, the actress/comedian's book becomes a dreamy dessert for the eyeballs that uses playful language to express deep sentiments about heartbreak, anger, wonder and friendship."USA TODAY
"A poetic and dreamlike book, a testament to thepower of fantasy and language to hit your feelings where facts and picturescan't. . .Slate'svoice never loses its capacity for strangeness, for finding it in the littlest,weirdest corners. And it's this mix of sweet and sadness, real stakes anddreamy prose, that gives this book its soft, sharp, and altogether overwhelmingpower. Like Ren Magritte crossed with Lana Del Rey, with strong notes ofPatricia Lockwood. Like a carnival ride caught in a tornado, candy-coloredshards of metal sparkling in the sky."TEEN VOGUE
"If you hadn't previously been aware of Slate's dexterity as a storyteller, [Little Weirds] will be your awakening...The thing about Jenny Slate is that her warmth doesn't just come from her openness. It also comes from her ability to say, with her whole chest, something others would keep hushed away. It's why she's the receptacle of the stories people are normally too embarrassed to tell. When someone articulates so clearly her own hopes and worries and small shames, it feels like an opening to share your own in return."IN STYLE
"The inside of Jenny Slate's mind is a fascinating, if unusual, place.In this collage of essays, stories, dreams (both night and day), and piecesthat defy easy categorization, the actor and comedian invites readers to pay anextended visit, one that will leave them enlightened, moved and sometimespleasantly puzzled... a refreshing, original journey."SHELF AWARENESS
"Jenny Slate, the polymathic actress, writer andcomic, presents a delightfully odd assemblage of vignettes whosemagical-realist absurdity is a style all her own."LOS ANGELES TIMES
"Across pieces that vary in tone and style, avulnerable account of losing love and wanting desperately to re-find it emerges. . . This unconventional collection gives trueinsight into Slate as both an artist and a person."BOOKLIST (Starred Review)
"Every so often, someone will decide to stray from the outline and gift us with something so unexpected that it may not tickle our funny bone but it might tickle us pink. Jenny Slate's nonfiction collection Little Weirds is one such book. It's an extremely personal narrative, and there are elements of humor in it, but that may be all it has in common with the efforts of her peers. . . A collection that relies so heavily on whimsy shouldn't be this effective, but the emotions in it are so raw that delving into her words creates an intimate connection to the work."AV CLUB
"A collection of not quite stories and not quite essaysthat are somehow more than both...Holding the book together is Slate's intelligenceand eye for the absurd, which is to say her voice... pure joy for her subtlety,sensitivity, and comic timing...Few books explore self-doubt and loneliness withas much fun or creativity...Jenny Slate very much a writer."LITERARY HUB
"Humorous, whimsical essays about things that are on JennySlate's mind. With a light touch, she tells us honestly what it's like to beher and how she sees the world, one little, weird piece of it at a time."BOOKRIOT
"Jenny Slate is an artist in the broadest sense ofthe word. . . . Adjust your expectation of a run-of-the-mill memoir and readyyourself to drop straight into Slate's imagination. Her ability to paint ameticulous mental picture with nothing but words on a page can only bedescribed as gifted."ASSOCIATED PRESS
"Slate offers an intimate window into not only hermind, but her heart. The result is a dazzling, sensory gift for poetry loversand fans of Slate's distinctly odd, but deeply charming humor."PUBLISHERS WEEKLY
"Little Weirds explores the oddities-and magic-of everyday life...Less an essay collection and more a map of her brain...Little Weirds chattily chronicles Slate's highs and lows and dips and swoops as if the actress is absorbing sunshine through an I.V." MARIE CLAIRE
"The mind that made youfall in love with a tiny shell hang-gliding on a Dorito does similarly strange,albeit more grown-up work in this collection of essays, which touches oneverything from haunted houses to a vagina singing sad old songs."BUSTLE
"Slate's voice remains an eccentric andpowerful central force as she comments on politics, patriarchy and her personallife."TIME
"She can act! She can do stand-up! And yes: Jenny Slate can write, too. Slate gets vulnerable in Little Weirds, a memoir that touches on her first marriage, her post-election anxiety, and new beginnings."REFINERY29
"A delight to read. It's a collection ofbeautiful, hilarious, genuine essays and really is meant for times when youfeel heavy. Slate jumps between deeply considering a dead deer on her parentsproperty, to transcribing her borderline surrealist dreams, to poignantlyinvestigating heartache and the forms it takes in such a genuine way I couldn'thelp but feel that it was written by a friend for me."VANITY FAIR
"Slate seems to fit so comfortably inside the poeticrealms of her impressive imagination that she has no need to abandon them,not even when she is rebuking the pernicious ugliness of malepatriarchy, another element that has heavily impacted her life. In oneparticularly powerful interlude, the author achieves biblical grandeur, envisioningherself ripping out the ancient evil root and stem...A uniquely talentedwriter and performer offers up an unexpectedly uncommon approach toautobiographical writing."KIRKUS REVIEWS
"Little Weirds is full of soft and lovely moments... Slate beautifully evokes the pleasures of female friendship."NPR.ORG
"Slate got what most major comedians get -- a book deal-- and the result is wholly original and uniquely hers...She writes in this lyrical,musical, even poetic way. The guardedness typical of the comedian memoir isthus gloriously stripped away... She manages to be whimsical but hilarious butvulnerable."VULTURE, The 10 Best Comedy Books of 2019
"Both vulnerable andmoving, a party even non-party-goers might like to attend."LIBRARY JOURNAL
"The stand-up comedian and actressdips into every nook and cranny of her mind to bring forth original, funny,tender, and above all, magical observations about life."POPSUGAR
"Jenny Slate is a little weird (in a very good way). Her aptly named collection of personal essays, Little Weirds, gives readers a glimpse into her strangely funny and tender, magically delicious mind...Slate's writing style is deeply personal, yet her prose is crisp to the taste."AMAZON, Editor's Choice
"Little Weirds isn't the typical comedian's memoir, but it's the rare work of art that's somehow both delightfully bizarre and totally universal."BUST MAGAZINE