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Little Weirds

Written by: Jenny Slate
Narrated by: Jenny Slate
Length: 4 hrs and 19 mins
Categories: Comedy, Storytelling
4.5 out of 5 stars (15 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Magical" (Mindy Kaling)
"Delicious" (Amy Sedaris)
"Funny and poignant and beautiful" (John Mulaney)
"It made me remember I was alive" (George Saunders)

Hello! I looked into my brain and found a book. Here it is. Inside you will find:

  • The smell of honeysuckle
  • Heartbreak
  • A French-kissing rabbit
  • A haunted house
  • Death
  • A vagina singing sad, old songs
  • Young geraniums in an ancient castle
  • Birth
  • A dog who appears in dreams as a spiritual guide
  • Divorce
  • Electromagnetic energy fields
  • Emotional horniness
  • The ghost of a sea captain
  • And more

I hope you enjoy these little weirds.

Love,

Jenny Slate

©2019 Jenny Slate (P)2019 Little, Brown & Company

What the critics say

"This book is something new and wonderful - honest, funny, positive, completely original, and inspiring in the very best way: it made me remember I was alive." (George Saunders)

"Jenny's writing is magical and stylish, just like her. Each essay in Little Weirds feels like a vivid, cinematic experience, full of original observations and unexpected laughs." (Mindy Kaling)

"Luminous, emotional, lovely, and a little mysterious, this book is something you will savor like a half-remembered, gorgeous dream. You'll finish it feeling like Jenny Slate is your new best friend." (Susan Orlean)

"A singularly hilarious and horny, but also poignant and tender, collection of writing that beautifully captures Slate's inimitable voice, which is one that, once you've heard it, you want to listen to forever." (Kristen Iversen, Nylon)

"A man on the 2 Express Train read some of Jenny Slate's Little Weirds over my shoulder. 'What kind of book is this?' he asked. 'The best kind,' I replied." (John Mulaney)

"This book is like a stovetop goulash, delicious and varied ingredients, prepared perfectly and excellent with bread...I'm sorry, I lost track of the simile." (Amy Sedaris)

"Jenny's writing is wide open, tuneful, tender. She sees the world (and feels the world) like a bug might, two antennae poking out from her head like sensory wands. Reading Little Weirds made me feel tipsy." (Durga Chew-Bose, author of Too Much and Not the Mood)

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So intimate and so lovely

This was as if an alien was writing about the experience of a human woman, in the BEST way.

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Delightful, and of course… Weird…

Holy engaging, incredibly delightful and full of charm. Very intimate although you can’t exactly say it’s detailed. Just lovely.

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  • Emily
  • 2019-11-06

Devastatingly beautiful

Wow this book was life changing! Jenny Slate thank you for your beautiful vulnerability

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  • Lauren K.
  • 2019-11-06

Sweet. Strange. Deeply Insightful.

It really feels like a window into Jenny's brain. It's funny and quirky, but also really beautiful. A lovely self-exploration/reflection. Can something be realistically whimsical? It bounces so gracefully from crass, to heartbreaking, to sweet, to nostalgic, to angry, to happy, to loving.

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  • C. Sender
  • 2019-11-12

Whimsical

Vulnerable and so beautiful. So glad I listened. Will certainly come back and listen again when I need to.

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  • Sophie Halma Paints
  • 2019-11-05

A wonderful tapestry of memory and self-awakening

A collection of nonfictional magical realism that makes me want to buy the author red geraniums and be her friend.

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  • Van
  • 2019-12-09

softness is earned and it is wonderful

this book reminded me I was alive, yes, but more importantly it reminded me that I can and should exist in myself, inhabit myself, observe myself, and that I should not ignore my thoughts and needs in order to struggle with complacency and conformity. softness is good, it's necessary. I've found that it has to be worked for and chosen, and I truly admire and appreciate how soft and good ms. slate's book is, and how soft and good it made me feel when I could relate especially to certain stories. I highly highly would recommend this book to anyone else who has felt displaced in themselves, and wants to remember that the little moments that make you you are valuable, and that you are valuable.

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  • GardenJenn
  • 2019-12-13

Quirky but not that funny

Little Weirds is quirky and a little dark, very poetic and oh so weird. It reads more like an art piece that comes from the mind of the artist and is not entirely relatable for the reader, but you're interested enough to stay engaged. I loved parts of this book and enjoyed the writing and sentiment, but kept waiting for more laughs, which were infrequent for a book cataloged as comedy.

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  • Katy Emmitt
  • 2019-12-08

This book is inspiring and wonderful

I feel less alone because of Jenny’s Slate honesty. I think her little poetic weirds are the best.

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  • Katya Horner
  • 2019-11-30

My heart...

Simply one of my favorite books ever. No hyperbole. A unique tenderness flows through Little Weirds, and it comes by way of a wholly original and completely beguiling literary voice. Poetry. I feel I emerged from it transformed.

And the narration was perfect.

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  • samantha
  • 2019-11-26

Loved it!

Jenny Slate is a wonderful woman. Hilarious and so real. This was so relatable and moving. Everyone is built up of a bunch of Little Weirds, and I love that she put hers totally out there!

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  • Katie Fleming
  • 2019-11-25

Quirky and brilliant!

Loved the book and Jenny's reading of it. Could not have imagined consuming it any other way. I love her quirky, brilliant mind/voice!

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