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How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day

Ann Hodgman; Photographs by the author

Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

Ann Hodgman is a funny lady. In this book, she explains how she got that way. But the book only goes up through sixth grade.

            After that, her life became so embarrassing that writing it down would have caused the pages to burst into flames.

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HOW TO DIE OF EMBARRASSMENT
The Rules of This BOOKThis isn't a regular book. You don't have to read the chapters in order. As a matter of fact, they're not even exactly chapters. Some of them are so short that they're really more like paragraphs, or what magazine editors call "boxes." Some are so short that you would need a microscope to see them.After all, it's not as if I had a really eventful childhood. I wasn't the type of kid people looked at and said, "She's going to be the first woman president." My life just went along, probably the way yours does. So what am I going to do for a book?
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Praise for How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day

“Her witty prose has the right balance of nostalgia and self-deprecation.” --School Library Journal
 
“In these light and funny pages, grownup Ann looks back with unmerciful self-deprecation on herself as she was in the early 1960s, and the result is a book that children ages 8-14 can enjoy as a kind of genial historical artifact and that their parents can read with affectionate winces at the quirks and obsessions of long-ago childhood.” --The Wall Street Journal
 
"Hodgman's longings, insecurities, and passions are universal…the book's strength lies in her blistering sense of humor and her refusal to talk down to readers.” --Publishers Weekly
 
"Rueful, funny and nostalgic…” --Kirkus Reviews
“Her witty prose has the right balance of nostalgia and self-deprecation.” --School Library Journal
 
“In these light and funny pages, grownup Ann looks back with unmerciful self-deprecation on herself as she was in the early 1960s, and the result is a book that children ages 8-14 can enjoy as a kind of genial historical artifact and that their parents can read with affectionate winces at the quirks and obsessions of long-ago childhood.” --The Wall Street Journal
 
"Hodgman's longings, insecurities, and passions are universal…the book's strength lies in her blistering sense of humor and her refusal to talk down to readers.” --Publishers Weekly
 
"Rueful, funny and nostalgic…” --Kirkus Reviews

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

  • Ann Hodgman; Photographs by the author

  • Ann Hodgman lives in Washington, Connecticut with her husband, the writer David Owen, and one million pets.
  • Ann Hodgman
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How to Die of Embarrassment Every Day

Ann Hodgman; Photographs by the author

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Henry Holt and Co. (BYR)

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