This weekend I went to a writers' workshop hosted by author and editor, Amy Ferris. I had heard of her book, Marrying George Clooney, Confessions from a Midlife Crisis, several years ago but hadn't picked it up at the time. While at the workshop I got a copy, and like any good fan-girl, promptly asked Amy to sign it. Each night after the workshop, when I was done pouring my heart out about the day's events, I read Amy's book.
If you are a woman (or a man) with a brain, you'll like her writing, and by that I mean, it's cerebral, but not too cerebral. Amy has the kind of wit that falls in the plain of The Bloggess, or David Sedaris.
If you've ever had a parent suffering from dementia, this book will probably speak to you, as will her candid discussion of her mother's emotional absence from her childhood. She deftly addresses how an aging parent can somehow end up like a child and anyone who has had to mother or father their own parents will appreciate how she moves through this bizarre circle of life so many of us may face.
As a writer, Amy's style is motivating. It's free flowing and quick-witted and I felt invigorated when I read it. This is the kind of book you should read when you want to be inspired by someone who already has a strong writing voice.
Amy is funny. The first time I laughed out loud was when she proclaimed:
I don't care if you're a a feminist lesbian living in Vermont on a commune for retired female welders, you will Google an old boyfriend at 3:00am...
I kept laughing throughout the entire book. I dog-eared pages and pages of places where I was laughing, giggling, and sometimes snorting. If I get a chance to meet her again, I'll geek out and show her my favorite parts.
While the title of her book addresses her mid-life crisis, and she goes into hilarious detail about how hard and volatile menopause can be, anyone, even if you are nowhere near menopause, will love her humor and hilarious ideas about the world. I recommend her work!
Amy frequently shares her posts publicly on her Facebook page and her writing is gorgeous. You can follow her here. She is the editor of Shades of Blue: Writers on Depression, Suicide, and Feeling Blue and co-editor of Dancing at the Shame Prom: Sharing the Stories that Kept us Small.
After the conference, from left to right: Sheryl Moore Goodspeed, Maureen Custer, Linda Schreyer, me, and Amy Ferris. Linda Schreyer is the co-author of Tears and Tequila, a novel. I've got her book on my reading list!