Even though the saying goes, "never judge a book by its cover", I have to admit that I hardly ever follow this rule. If I see a cover that is just meh, I am most likely not going to pick it up. This, however, was not the case when I saw American Housewife by Helen Ellis. I needed to read it ASAP. And I also desperately wanted to spend an afternoon lounging around my apartment in massive hair rollers.
American Housewife is crazy and hilarious in all the best possible ways. It's a book of short stories and each one had me laughing. The stories are amazing because they poke fun at what it means to be a housewife and a woman in society. I loved how the stories, told from the perspective of females and full of kooky characters, played with gender roles and constraints of femininity. My two favorite stories were "The Wainscotting War", emails between two neighbors as they battle for power over the hallway in their apartment building, and "Southern Lady Code", a very short interlude that literally had me laughing to tears.