My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag…

April 14th, 2014 Books

About My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag… And Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha

clean upPaperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Plume (February 25, 2014)
Got a cleaning disaster on your hands? From theDeadspin and Jezebel author of the popular “Ask a Clean Person” column comes a hilarious and practical guide to cleaning all of life’s little, and sometimes rare, household emergencies. Just in time for Spring Cleaning – Jolie Kerr’s MY BOYFRIEND BARFED IN MY HANDBAG…AND OTHER THINGS YOU CAN’T ASK MARTHA (a Plume original, on sale February 25, 2014) tackles the most common (and uncommon) spills, odors, and – let’s face it – those oh-so embarrassing stains you just can’t ask your parents about.
With her signature charm and humor, Jolie Kerr takes on everything from Cleaning 101 questions such as ‘How do I use a mop?’ to the more obscure ‘How do I clean up this ginger beer that exploded all over my kitchn?’ MY BOYFRIEND BARFED IN MY HANDBAG is NOT your Martha Stewart’s Homekeeping Handbook! Jolie helps with even the most nightmarish cleaning such as:
  • How to Clean a Toilet: Complete with a rousing discussion of how and why to clean a toilet brush! Because at some point you may want to cleanthe thing you use to clean the other things in the home.
  • Deep Cleaning All Types of Makeup Brushes: Extend the life of your beautifying tools and rid them of breakout-causing bacteria.
  • Getting to Know Your Washer and Dryer: Everything you ever wanted to know about laundry, but were too afraid to ask!
  • Getting the McDonald’s French Fry Small Out of the Minivan: Avoid those rearview mirror trees unless you want a McDonald’s-french-fry-and-pine-tree-smelling car.
  • Bong Water on the Carpet: Because stoners can be clean people too!
…and other cleaning tips you can’t ask Martha.
MY BOYFRIEND BARFED IN MY HANDBAG showcases Jolie’s infinite cleaning knowledge and terrific sense of humor, including remedies for heirloom wedding dress restoration, confetti stains on wood floors, dusty ceiling fans and endless laundry, as well general tips for leading a tidier and happier existence.
Whether you’re moving into a college dorm, purchasing your first home, or finally getting around to cleaning your old one, no stain, spill, or surprise windowsill mushroom growth is too odd or embarrassing for Jolie. MY BOYFRIEND BARFED IN MY HANDBAG…AND OTHER THINGS YOU CAN’T ASK MARTHA is the perfect guide for college students or housewarming gift to someone new to living on their own.
“Jolie Kerr really cuts through the grease and grime with her new book. I do what she tells me to do.” – Amy Sedaris


I am not sure that I will ever have a use for all the cleaning tips in the book, but they  sure were funny to read!  Growing up, I didn’t have a Suzy P. Homemaker mom to teach me all the ins and outs of housekeeping, so there are certainly areas I am lacking in!  When I saw this book come up for review, I wanted to grab it.  I have looked at a lot of cleaning tip books over my decades of domestic bliss, and usually put them down.  Most conjured up the thought, “are you freaking kidding me?”!  I don’t do certain things, I don’t really like to do domestic things (just read my Twitter description).  My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag was a fun, practical cleaning guide.  I am sure June Cleaver and Martha Stewart will have to wash their eyes out after reading a few of the tips, which makes it perfect for today’s modern gal!  Even if you never really clean anything and live like a total slob, My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag will be fun to read and share tidbits of knowledge with your friends.  You never know when one you just might need to pull one of these tips out of the handbag!

About Jolie Kerr

Jolie Kerr is the author of the popular column “Ask a Clean Person,” which is featured weekly on Deadspin and Jezebel. Her work has also appeared in FortuneBlackBook, the Urban Outfitters blog, GothamistThe Hairpin, and The Awl. She has been featured as a cleaning expert in the New York Observer, O Magazine, InStyle, New York Magazine, Time Out New York, Health Magazine, and Parents Magazine. Jolie is a Boston native and graduate of Barnard College, now residing in a teeny, tiny, spotless apartment in New York City.


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