Yesterday I got a review copy of a new book: Regretsy: Where DIY Meets WTF, by April Winchell.
I had no recollection of requesting this book for review — either I did and forgot (very, very likely), or the nice Random House publicity person sent it along knowing I’d like it.
I sat down to flip through it yesterday and ended up reading it cover to cover. Oh my gosh — this was the funniest thing I have read in a very long time.
Apparently, April Winchell has a blog — regretsy.com — where she posts horrific items she finds for sale on etsy, along with pithy comments. How is it possible that I did not know about this website?
Apart from the items pictured in the book in glorious full color along with their descriptions from the original etsy listing (which in and of themselves make the book worth the price of admission), but you get April’s comments on each item, as well as a wonderful intro to each section of the book.
A concept book like this could have descended into a dark, bitchy, snarkiness, but there is something quite wonderful about April’s prose. It’s just plain funny. here is one of my favorite items from the book:
If you read the reviews on Amazon, you’ll see that most people agree with me. The single 1-star review said the book was obviously for “insiders” who had been reading the blog. Well, I had never heard of the blog before yesterday and I loved the book.
I do think to fully appreciate this book you need to have a sense of humor with an “edge” — so be forewarned. There is plenty of not-safe-for-children language in the book so if you are offended by that, steer clear.
But me? April Winchell, I adore you. Call me, we’ll do lunch.
Oh, and you can blame April and her book for my lack of progress on CeCe. I spent a good deal of knitting time yesterday reading!
I did take this project to the Spring Fling with me but spent the weekend working on a different, non-bloggable, time-consuming project. I continue to work on the mystery project, so progress on CeCe continues to move slowly. But I am working on it and loving it.