Are You Kidding Me? Book Review



Last spring, I had the good fortune to meet Stacey Gustafson and get to see her do stand-up comedy. This is one funny lady. So when her publisher contacted me and asked if I would be willing to review her new book, I jumped at the chance.

Stacey’s new book Are You Kidding Me? My Life with an Extremely Loud Family, Bathroom Calamities, and Crazy Relatives had me hooked from the start, and by the second chapter I was both laughing out loud and nodding my head in agreement, wondering how Stacey Gustafson had managed to get into my house and spy on my family.  Both riotously funny and relatable, this gem of a book should be on everyone’s wish list.

In a side-splitting romp through the wilds of suburbia and family life, Stacey is both all of us and none of us. She writes about situations we find ourselves in every day (well, except for the mushroom caps incident.  I mean, seriously, Stacey? ) yet she writes with such a deft hand and a wicked sense of humor  that you just know you have found a treasure of a writer, one worthy of being mentioned in the same sentence as Erma Bombeck.

Come along for the ride as Stacey navigates the world of family life, lawn homicide, and much bathroom awkwardness (and after reading this book I feel that, really, she shouldn’t be allowed to use a public restroom unsupervised).  Her life reads like a sitcom: Accidentally calling the SWAT team on her neighbors? Check.  Pizza that tried to kill her? Check.  Her creative attempts to avoid shaking hands in church? Check.  And the past certainly doesn’t get a pass either;  Stacey’s humorous remembrances of the Farrah Fawcett hairstyle, deathtraps disguised as playgrounds, and lawless 4th of July pyrotechnics displays will have you thinking back to your own days of 8-track tapes and riding in the way back of the station wagon.

This collection of hilarious stories with topics ranging from parent teacher conferences to cold-hearted mammogram nurses to the siren song of cruise ship buffet food will have you laughing from beginning to end, and looking forward to her next book.  In the end, you find yourself wishing she lived next door to you just so you could invite her to your next gathering.

Just don’t eat her stuffed mushroom caps. Trust me on this.


  1. Thanks for helping me get the word out. Your review was awesome. I appreciate your help so much. Erma Bombeck, what a lady!

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