This review originally appeared in the December 2010 issue of Los Angeles magazine.
In her new memoir, L.A.-based writer Heather Havrilesky (Salon.com) recalls her childhood as a series of disasters spurred by her parents’ impending divorce. Highlights (or lowlights) include the time Mom smashed Dad’s birthday cake (on purpose) and the day Dad drove off in a fit, leaving Mom on a park bench. Havrilesky’s revelations are at times painful, but she imbues them with wit and empathy, finding similarities between her adolescence and her present-day life as a mother. Her toddler refuses to wear underpants, but that’s just fine. // WENDY WITHERSPOON
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