Friday, August 13, 2021

There Will Be Lobster: Memoir Of A Midlife Crisis by Sara Arnell


(Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!)

about book:

You know her. You’ve seen her. You may even see yourself in her.

If you’re arriving to the midlife crisis party—the one that’s serving low self-esteem, desperation, unreliable behavior, forgetfulness, carelessness, and the loneliness of loss—the stories and anecdotes in this memoir will assure you that you are not alone.

For Sara Arnell, it took a rogue lobster, a dying rock star, an eighteen-pound tumor, a meditation guru, a famous medium, and a former monk to put her on a path toward light, hope, and healing. If reading this book helps even one person, according to Sara, then telling this story is all worth it.

“Sara Arnell is the only writer I know who can make self-deprecation and wisdom look like the same thing. There Will Be Lobster is a darkly funny memoir with a big heart, and it’s the exact comeback story we all need right now.” —David Hollander, author of Anthropica and L.I.E.

“This book is a deeply personal story that’s not afraid to show you the crazy moments that we all have, but often don’t admit to. Read this memoir if you want to learn how honesty, vulnerability, and sheer perseverance can help you step into your light and illuminate a new path—one that is happy, healthy, and full of hope.” —André Leon Talley, author of New York Times bestseller The Chiffon Trenches and former Vogue editor-at-large.

my thoughts:

I love reading memoirs and learning all about someone else's life experiences.  They make you think and reflect about your own journey in life. So, I was excited to pick up Sara Arnell's memoir, There Will Be Lobster: Memoir Of A Midlife Crisis. First off, what did the title mean, and secondly, what an eye-popping book cover. I was intrigued and so I dove right in. And, I read and I read some more. However, I had to stop reading, because I just could not get through the book. I liked the anecdotal essay style that Arnell used to share her personal stories. I just don't think I liked Arnell's stories. I couldn't really relate, and normally, I can always find a way to relate to what I'm reading.  I just found myself wondering why I was reading this book. I think my feelings of disconnect stemmed from the memoir's lack of emotional depth. It just felt like the author wanted to write about something, but not truly address the emotional impact of the situation. Instead of sharing about something, she just told us about something. There's a huge difference between sharing and telling, and this book is all about the telling. All in all, the book was just not my cup of tea. 

I'd definitely recommend reading the other book bloggers' reviews to get some other opinions of this book - some really seemed to dig There Will Be Lobster, so I may just be in the minority. Here's the link to the TLC Book tour schedule for: There Will Be Lobster

Thank you to the publisher and TLC Book Tours for providing me with a copy of this book!

1 comment:

Sara Strand said...

Bummer it wasn't a hit for you, thank you for being on this tour, though! Sara @ TLC Book Tours