Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light

Books on Tape. Jun. 2021. 2:51 hrs. ISBN 9780593402825. $28.50. HUMOR
Ellis (Southern Lady Code; American Housewife) returns with another collection of humorous essays on friendship. This witty volume goes beyond tired old adages to explore what friends will do for one another. In Ellis’s stories about being a last-minute birthing partner, supporting a friend through cancer, backdoor plastic surgery, and riding Greyhound buses, she posits that there’s no limit on how far a friendship can go. She even explores the joy of being a second-best friend or a backup buddy—less pressure, more benefits! Each of the 12 essays features a revolving cast of Ellis’s friends and acquaintances who will leave listeners cackling with delight. The audiobook is enchantingly narrated by the author herself, which lends to its relatability and hilarity.
VERDICT This collection manages to be poignant and emotional while still being facetious, dirty, sassy, and laugh-out-loud funny. Perfect for fans of Jenny Lawson and David Sedaris.
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