LitStack Review: Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar

Everything is Perfect When You’re a LiarKelly oxford
Kelly Oxford
itbooks – an imprint of HarperCollins
ISBN: 978-0-06-210222-5

In this humorous memoir, comedienne Kelly Oxford writes chapter-long anecdotes from her own life, starting when she was six years old and attempted to direct the neighborhood kids in a Star Wars theater production and ending with her near-disastrous trip to Disneyland with her husband and three children.

In between, Oxford relates tales about the time she auditioned for a modeling job and her first real job as a video store clerk (she was in charge of the porn section). She writes of her first high school party and the effects of excessive alcohol consumption, and the time she and a friend traveled from their hometown in Canada to Los Angeles in search of Leonardo DiCaprio. Oxford’s zany adventures follow her into adulthood. She meets her husband, gets a job as the assistant to a Hollywood big wig, and briefly becomes a physical therapy assistant. She remembers one particular birthday when she went to a hospital for abdominal pain and an ER nurse insisted Oxford give herself an enema (right after giving her a shot of morphine). And then there’s the trip to Las Vegas to meet David Copperfield with her husband and another couple.

Each story is crazy, fantastical, as well as funny, and leaves the reader wondering; Did this really happen? Or is Oxford using some creative license here (as the title suggests)? It’s kind of like trying to decipher Copperfield’s magic tricks.

I recommend Everything is Perfect When You’re a Liar for readers who enjoy humorous biographies.

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