By Kelly Oxford
!t Books, $25.99, 336 pages
The NPR review says it best: “Kelly Oxford is a little bit wicked and a whole lot wild and funny.”
Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar is a collection of vignettes by popular online presence Kelly Oxford. Truth or lie, she tells a great story. While it’s not high literary fiction, as some might be quick to point out, and part of her book acclaim stems from her internet popularity, those are the times we live in. Internet popularity aside, this is a book that will keep you amused and you’ll also learn how to get out of a speeding ticket in a school zone.
“I am a better person for having given myself an enema while high on morphine, for unknown reasons, for undiagnosed pain, in the filthy public washroom of a hospital, on my birthday.”
Zany, irreverent, ribald and just flat out funny, Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar explores the less glamorous parts of woman and motherhood, including baby poop in a car seat, telling off a teacher, peeing your pants in line at a gas station, surviving Disneyland, trying to score a date with Leonardo DiCaprio (pre Titanic), and training for a job weeks after having a baby just in case your husband dies unexpectedly. Oxford doesn’t fail to amuse and has no problem making fun of herself, ruthlessly mining her own embarrassments for comic fodder.
Reviewed by Axie Barclay