Let’s Pretend This Never Happened (Amy Einhorn, $25.95) is a book that makes you laugh long after you’ve stopped reading. Jenny Lawson relays the details of her childhood in a way that makes you glad you didn’t grow up in her house, but still wish that her stories were your own. From domesticated raccoons to pirate alligators, Lawson turns everyday activities into side-splitting tales, and when you think she can’t possibly make you laugh harder, she’ll get lost in her hometown with a GPS. Buy a copy for yourself and a friend so you don’t have to wait to talk about it!
Part memoir, part how-to, THE DIRTY LIFE: On Farming, Food, and Love (Scribner, $15) by Kristin Kimball, provides an insider’s look at the challenges of creating a sustainable farm in upstate New York. A former Lower East Side resident, Kimball falls for Mark while researching a story about his farming endeavors in Pennsylvania. Amidst a courtship and a move to a leased farm in Essex, New York, Kristin and Mark develop 500 dilapidated acres into a working farm that feeds a small community of over 100 people. With stories ranging from buying outdated farm equipment at an auction in Amish country to chasing cattle down Main Street, Kristen recalls a year’s worth of trials and tribulations on the farm. Her writing, whether about driving the draft horses or heating up the farmhouse, is both enlightening and entertaining.