Bad Vibes Only: (and Other Things I Bring to the Table) by Nora McInerny
10/11/22; 224 pages
Atria/One Signal Publishers
Bad Vibes Only: (and Other Things I Bring to the Table) by Nora McInerny is a highly recommended collection of nineteen essays.
In the "Before We Begin" opening where McInerny discusses people saying everything is "fine" in response to the question, "how are you?" no matter how things really are, she immediately won my heart as a co-worker and I repeatedly would say, "It's fine, everything is fine" to each other in stressed out voices while running to handle one crisis after another. These essays excel in the truisms that reside within them and many people will be able to relate to most of the essays on some level.
The essays are all honest and reflect on events that have happened in
her life, some of them are weighty, and this is where their strength
lies. Subjects cover include in part: grief and loss, parenting, self-improvement,
aging, makeup, teenage years, several childhood experiences, mental
health, social media, and more. All of the essays are firmly experiences
from her life, which made them skew a bit on the younger side for me,
but they will likely resonate much more with people, especially mothers,
in their thirties to early forties.
The writing is very good and the topics are interesting. McInerny uses humor and vulnerability to share the empathetic insights into her life.
As with any collection of essays, not all of them will appeal to
everyone but most readers will find something to enjoy in this
collection. And the cover is very appealing.
Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Atria/One Signal via NetGalley.