In between highbrow and lowbrow, there’s Unabrow.
"Take the cast of ‘Bridesmaids,’ add a dash of pre-pubescent Eugene Levy, and you have the humor stylings of Una LaMarche."—Ann Imig, founder of Listen to Your Mother
As a girl, Una LaMarche was as smart as she was awkward. She was blessed with a precocious intellect, a love of all things pop culture, and eyebrows bushier than Frida Kahlo’s. Adversity made her stronger...and funnier. In Unabrow, Una shares the cringe-inducing lessons she’s learned from a life as a late bloomer, including the seven deadly sins of DIY bangs, how not to make your own jorts, and how to handle pregnancy, plucking, and the rites of passage during which your own body is your worst frenemy.
For readers who loved Let’s Pretend This Never Happened and for fans of Mindy Kaling, Tina Fey, and Amy Schumer, Unabrow is the book June Cleaver would have written if she spent more time drinking and less time vacuuming.
New York Observer columnist LaMarche (who blogs as the Sassy Curmudgeon) offers a combo of quirky humor and rich fantasy life throughout this collection of 20 essays, which are interspersed with hilarious graphs, cartoons, and line drawings (the last of which range from "A Guide to Public Restroom Usage for Classy Ladies" to "Shit-List Bingo"). Originally conceived as a list of life lessons for her future children, the author warns that the collection is not intended for an actual child unless he is capable of "using the F word at least three ways in a sentence." Childhood (and in particular, her near-obsession with her unibrow, tweezed at age 12), adolescence, and the trials and tribulations of young adulthood (shopping, driving, sexuality) are explored along with such random topics as how to clean a stairway while listening to "Stairway to Heaven," and how to construct a Tootsie Roll log cabin. A child of the '80s born of hippie parents, LaMarche is now a new mother in her 30s; her observations on parenting and marriage are especially humorous, including a brief index of common parenting mistakes, in which she shoots down both sides of such questions as whether to breastfeed, co-sleep, use disposable diapers, etc. LaMarche is entertaining and fresh; readers will want to savor this sassy, offbeat commentary.
I sometimes see books described as “laugh out loud funny” and avoid them. This one was hilarious. Several times I had to put it down and wipe my eyes. Even read sections to my husband, which I never do. Could not relate to some parts but loved the rest of it.