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Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Did I Say That Out Loud Review

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We've all had it - the "uh-oh" of wishing we could take back the comment that somehow escaped the filter between our brains and our mouths. Did I Say That Out Loud? is the tell-all account of the author's misadventures in the daily experience that is life. Told in the tone of a coffee-klatch gathering with your best girlfriends - you know, the ones you can share anything and everything with - the author holds nothing back as she recounts the trials and tribulations of life as Kelly Harman.

Thinking of braving Botox or plastic surgery? Get the real scoop from Kelly, including pre-procedure husband prep. Need help when your cat catches on fire? Ask Kelly how to extinguish the flames without spilling your wine. Survival tips for when a 300 pound man falls on you? Ask Kelly, who lived to tell the tale.

Kelly captures those "you can't make this stuff up" dramas and takes them one step further. She shows us that by reveling in the inevitable mess of the moments we wish we could take back, we may discover that sharing our stories is in fact healing, unifying, and often outrageously funny.

Bad for the laugh lines but good for the abs, some of these stories will hit close to home, others will stray far, far from your average woman on the street. But all are unified by the inimitable candor and hilarity that her friends agree is uniquely Kelly.

Read 'em and weep.

My Review

 I literally cried from laughter when I read this book! Kelly Harmon is hands down one of the funniest and most genuine nonfiction authors I have come across, and I read ALOT! She takes the funny from almost every situation, which is something I wish I could do easier with my own life. From conversations with her husband, kids and complete strangers come some of the funniest conversations ever. Such as this little tidbit from her blog

"Dear Bob,I have good news and bad news. The good news is that the officer is going to buy my book. The bad news is that the profits from the sale will not cover the 70 in a 55 speeding fine."

I think we've all had those "oh my god did that conversation just happen??" moments with the people we love. I am now so enamored with her book and her wit that I make sure to check her blog at least every few days for new stories. She writes with honesty and humor and comes across as very real and down to earth. If you need a little perspective and a lot of laughs check out her book and her website!!

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About the Author

 
Kelly McDermott Harman was born in Asmara, Ethiopia in 1962 and has walked the road less traveled ever since. Her childhood was spent overseas, living in eight different countries before she came to the U.S. at the age of 16. This experience inspired an adventurous streak and disregard for convention which has yielded a rich life, overflowing with great story material.

Her experiences range from celebrating her ninth birthday at India's Taj Mahal to being evacuated with her family in the midst of a civil war in East Pakistan, single motherhood to serial entrepreneur, and Burning Man devotee to self-made marketing maven. Most recently Kelly came full circle back to the continent of her birthplace, celebrating her 50th birthday at the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro.

Kelly lives in Manassas, Virginia with Bob, her husband and true love of 23 years and has three sons. When she isn't writing about her adventures, Kelly loves spending time with her friends and family, but especially with her three grandchildren, teaching them the value of reckless honesty and unhindered fun.  Kelly is currently working on her next book, a memoir about growing up abroad as the daughter of a (former) CIA agent.

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I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.

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