Today, one of the most nostalgically funny books I’ve ever read will be released to the public…and the public must buy it – as long as said public grew up in the 70s and 80s. Much like Caitlan Moran’s book, How to Be a Woman, Kim Korson’s new book, I Don’t Have a Happy Place: Cheerful Stories of Despondency and Gloom, is laugh out loud funny, while at the same time being a sad nostalgic walk down memory lane. Though I laughed at the memory of the edition of Playboy which showcased the Co-Eds, I also couldn’t help but think how sad it was that my little girl self thought Michigan would be a good school because the co-ed from Michigan had large breasts like me and the school sweater looked good on her. I remembered thinking how smart the girls must be that got the centerfold interview…I was thrilled that girls with big breasts were smart enough to get an interview…and then how incredibly crushing it was when I began to understand how silly that thought had been.
In a continuation of my quest for what an authentic woman is to me, I gravitated to Korson’s book at Netgalley as soon as I heard about it from the publicist, Wunderkind-PR. It took me no time to read these wonderfully “cheerful stories of despondency and gloom;” and it was the best weekend read I’ve had in a long time. More than anything else, I enjoyed Korson’s wit – the book was written with fresh, unapologetic humor at the forefront. The chapters are broken up into autobiographical stories with a theme; and if you grew up during the same time period and don’t recognize the things she’s talking about, then you really didn’t pay a whole lot of attention of what was going on around you…and you may just be actually unhappier than Korson is for completely different reasons.
I have often thought about writing the book titled How the Eighties Fucked Us Up. If I’m ever in a position to write that book, Korson’s book will be at the top of the stack for research purposes.