Thursday, March 6, 2014

Book Review: Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal?

Why Be Happy When You Could Be Normal? Is the memoir of Jeanette Winterson who grew up in a strict Pentecostal household with a her super-religious adoptive mother and passive adoptive father. The memoir is about Jeanette's life growing up adopted and growing gay in such a religious household. 

Jeanette is both hilarious and raw and the reader gets the feeling she is being brutally honest about her life. This memoir is the story behind Winterson's hit novel Oranges Are Not The Only Fruit which was adapted into a BBC drama in 1990. I have not read Oranges, but from what I understand this does follow that story pretty-closely and the author herself does say that the book is semi-autobiographical. Since finishing this book, I have ordered Oranges from Amazon and look forward to reading it. 

I am giving this humorous and enjoyable memoir 4 out of 5 stars. I recommend it to the feminist reader and/or fans of memoirists such as David Sedaris. 

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