Paperback: 256 pages
Publisher: Plume (February 25, 2014)
Got a cleaning disaster on your hands? From the Deadspin 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 clean the 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.
…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
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 Fortune, BlackBook, the Urban Outfitters blog, Gothamist, The 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.
Jolie Kerr’s TLC Book Tours TOUR STOPS:
Monday, March 17th: Sara’s Organized Chaos
Thursday, March 20th: Literate Housewife
Monday, March 24th: Daily Mayo
Tuesday, March 25th: Svetlana’s Reads and Views
Thursday, March 27th: Bookchickdi
Monday, March 31st: 5 Minutes for Mom
Wednesday, April 2nd: A Novel Idea
Monday, April 7th: A Bookish Affair
Tuesday, April 8th: Bibliophilia, Please
Tuesday, April 8th: 2 Kids and Tired
Monday, April 14th: Cici’s Theories
Wednesday, April 16th: The Book Wheel
Thursday, April 17th: Books a la Mode
Monday, April 21st: Mockingbird Hill Cottage