Jesse Klein is a comedienne/writer in the same vein as Tina Fey or Amy Poehler but a thousand times funnier. Yes, funnier.
Listening to Jessi Klein in a couple of radio interviews, I couldn’t wait to buy her book, “You’ll Grow Out of It”. I downloaded it a few days before we left for the cabin (the best reason for having a kindle: you can read at night in the woods without the light that attracts bugs).
The first couple of chapters were a little slow. Okay, so slow that the only reason I picked it up again was because I woke up at 10:40 after passing out at 9 in a heap of overworked blubber from splitting wood all day. I tossed and turned for a while and then picked up the book thinking it would put me back to sleep.
Instead I found myself laughing so hard the bed shook and a couple of times the cabin might have too. It was the kind of laughter that makes your eyes close on their own. A few days later at home, reading a funny paragraph I laughed so uncontrollably Jack asked me repeatedly if I was okay. I couldn’t stop laughing long enough to answer him.
In “You’ll Grow Out of It,” Jesse writes about her life’s most humiliating moments. The sort of times we all face and that most of us cringe just remembering in our own heads. But for Klein those moments prove to be fodder for laugh-out-load storytelling and a bonding experience for readers who can sympathize while being repulsed by the images she conjures up.
I immediately bought a second copy for my sister who I knew would love reading it as much as I did. I hope you will too.
1 ounce strawberry-basil simple syrup (see below)
1 ounce lime juice
2 ounces rum
2 ounces club soda
Fresh basil leaves
Combine the simple syrup, lime juice and rum in a tall glass. Stir. Fill with crushed ice. Add the club soda and top with basil leaves. Serve.
1 small bunch basil
1 pint fresh strawberries
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup water
Place basil, strawberries, sugar and water in a saucepan. Bring to a boil. Remove from the heat and refrigerate overnight. Strain and store in a glass container.