People I Want to Punch in the Throat: Competitive Crafters, Drop-Off Despots, and Other Suburban Scourges


A debut collection of witty, biting essays laced with a surprising warmth, from Jen Mann, the writer behind the popular blog People I Want to Punch in the Throat
People I want to punch in the throat:
• anyone who feels the need to bling her washer and dryer
• humblebraggers
• people who treat their pets like children
Jen Mann doesn’t have a filter, which sometimes gets her in trouble with her neighbors, her fellow PTA moms, and that one woman who tried to sell her sex toys at a home shopping party. Known for her hilariously acerbic observations on her blog, People I Want to Punch in the Throat, Mann now brings her sharp wit to bear on suburban life, marriage, and motherhood in this laugh-out-loud collection of essays. From the politics of joining a play group, to the thrill of mothers’ night out at the gun range, to the rewards of your most meaningful relationship (the one you have with your cleaning lady), nothing is sacred or off-limits. So the next time you find yourself wearing fuzzy bunny pajamas in the school carpool line or accidentally stuck at a co-worker’s swingers party, just think, What would Jen Mann do? Or better yet, buy her book.

Advance praise for People I Want to Punch in the Throat
“People I Want to Punch in the Throat is so good that it’ll make you want to adopt all the cats in the world. I’m not sure about the correlation, but it’s that good. It should come with a warning.”—Jenny Lawson, author of Let’s Pretend This Never Happened
“Jen Mann has an amazing way of telling stories that will make you cringe and burst out laughing at the same time. From swinger parties to racist toddlers, she makes the suburbs unbelievably funny.”—Karen Alpert, author of I Heart My Little A-Holes
“Jen Mann says the things we’re all too afraid to say. Her honest and hilarious writing style reminds me of David Sedaris and Tina Fey.”—Robin O’Bryant, author of Ketchup Is a Vegetable: And Other Lies Moms Tell Themselves
“Jen Mann’s shrewd and unrelenting assault on the absurdity of suburban life is an honest peek into the occasional nightmare that is part of living the American dream. I love Jen. I wish she was my neighbor. It’s so refreshing to know that I’m not the only one who wants to punch almost everyone in the f***ing throat.”—Nicole Knepper, author of Moms Who Drink And Swear

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  1. Very fun autobiographical account. When I ordered this book, I was expecting a funny book about people the author didn’t like. OK, there is some of that, but this is much more. It is an autobiographical account of quite a few years of a family’s life. It is told in a very funny and original style, and I really liked the way the author told the stories. I will give a warning. There is a lot of language used in this book. The author says she has no filter, and I can see that coming through loud and clear, so if you are…

  2. A Lone Sane Voice in a World Gone Mad Jen Mann’s hilarious tales are a journey into the game of social dodgeball that is 21st century life. Don’t let the “suburban scourges” part of the title fool you, I’ve lived in nothing but major cities and felt right at home. Anyone who has ever been anxious about her spouse, neighbors or kids will recognize herself in this book, or at least most of the time — there are definitely a few surprises! In People I Want to Punch in the Throat Jen is often the only one who sees that the…

  3. Entertaining, hyperbolic, and a bit formulistic I think that this is the “thing” lately with the aging Gen Y (I guess it’s “Y”? late 30s/early 40somethings?) set. Mommy blogs, and then there are all the subsets of Mommy blogs, and if you are really good at getting an audience, maybe a book deal. Suburban mom-bloggers come in various flavors – there are the sardonic intellectuals ( – is that still a thing?), the callback-to-gentler times god-and-country ones (I recently reviewed…

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