American Housewife


Helen Ellis

Some people say that listening to an audio book is not considered reading.  Not only do I disagree with this statement, I think, depending on the narrator, audio can enhance the experience.  When I listened to American Housewife by Helen Ellis, it was a unique experience that was mostly fun but also a bit creepy in a fun way. 

American Housewife consists of several essays told from the view of a stereotypical American housewife – of course!  We get the perspectives of a Southerner, a Manhattanite, someone married to a bra fitter (yes, a bra fitter), the quintessential ladies book club hostess and more.  The characters in this book tell it like it is, making comments that we know most people want to share but don’t and that makes this book hilarious in many ways.  Two essays that make you think, “What was that about?”  And these weird but surprisingly interesting essays make reading, or in my case listening, to the book worth every minute.

I had not heard of Helen Ellis before listening to American Housewife and I would read her work again in a heartbeat.  If asked for a comparison, I would say Ellis is a modern-day Erma Bombeck with an edge and a bit of a dark side.  Get comfortable on the couch, pour yourself a glass of wine, take out a pint of ice cream and then play the audio version of this book.  You’ll be glad you did!