Book of the Week: Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light


Bring Your Baggage and Don’t Pack Light, by Helen Ellis


I love a good book that is relatable to my own life, and this was exactly the subtle humor I needed in my life: a fun and witty series of essays about mid-life adulting, from divorcee sex obsession and menopause to naughty gossip and lifelong friendships.


It was funny and charming and so on point about how us women begin to approach life as we enter our 40s and 50s: not giving a fuck and embracing who we are.


I loved diving into this quick, delightful read of sometimes sarcastic, sometimes tender, and always real perspective on adult life. I nodded in agreement about shaking my head at young people who wouldn’t know who Gloria Steinem was (and thinking about all the things I try to talk to my kids about and they respond “Ok Boomer,” even after I repeatedly tell them that I am Gen X!)


I giggled at her schtick on how parents approach garage sales differently and related to the halleluiah declaration of still being very much f*ckable. I held on tight in gratitude as I read about neck plastic surgery and hot flashes, which thankfully I have not experienced yet.


I also loved the tender part where she talked about her lifelong female friendships and that oh-so-important bond and support system that gets us through our toughest times.


Although it was broken up into essays that can be read one at a time without losing your place in a “story,” I couldn’t put it down because it was so quick and delightful. Playful, light and enjoyable read that I easily finished in a single evening with joy.



To learn more about this week’s author and her book, you can find her here:

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/2037899/helen-ellis/


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