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Shannon Olson, author of Welcome to My Planet, has taught creative writing and literature at the University of Minnesota. So, where does that leave me? Well, it leaves me where I started. Welcome to My Planet is not a bad book. The writing is sharp and the pacing is very good

Shannon Olson, author of Welcome to My Planet, has taught creative writing and literature at the University of Minnesota. The writing is sharp and the pacing is very good. However, I don't think it has anything new to say about a topic that has been (almost) over-exposed in today's media. A reader can do worse than Welcome to My Planet. But, there are better books on the same subject.

Where English Is Sometimes Spoken.

Life just isn't The Love Boat for nearly-thirty Shannon, the tongue-in-cheek heroine of Welcome to My Planet. Life just isn’t The Love Boat for nearly-thirty Shannon, the tongue-in-cheek heroine of Welcome to My Planet.

Welcome To My Planet is a wry, comic novel from a funny and fresh author.

When she's driven, reluctantly, to move home, she's drawn into the infuriating world of her mother, Flo, with her insistence on reheating the most ancient of leftovers and maintaining her mid-life crisis - and mother and daughter struggle to redefine their own boundaries. Welcome To My Planet is a wry, comic novel from a funny and fresh author

Shannon is 30 and single. When her relationship falters, she moves home to save money.

Shannon is 30 and single. Once home, she is reluctantly drawn into the sometimes infuriating realm of her mother. Life for Shannon takes on the complexities of Flo's life, as mother and daughter struggle to redefine their own boundaries. Format Paperback 304 pages. Dimensions 127 x 19. 8 x 2. 6mm 22. g. Publication date 05 Jul 2001. Publisher Penguin Books Ltd.

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"What if I never find anyone? I may as well go out and buy a bunch of cats and start wearing macrame ponchos" Shannon is 30 and single. When her relationship falters she moves home to save money (her career isn't too stable either). Once home sheis reluctantly drawn into the sometimes infuriating realm of her mother, Flo, and it takes her two years of therapy to work up the energy to go back out into the world. Life for Shannon takes on the complexities of Flo's life - from her insistenceon reheating the most ancient of leftovers to maintaining her midlife crisis - as mother and daughter struggle to redefine their own boundaries.

Welcome to my Planet: Where English is Sometimes Spoken epub download

ISBN13: 978-0141001210

ISBN: 0141001216

Author: Shannon Olson

Category: Literature and Fiction

Subcategory: Contemporary

Language: English

Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd (May 31, 2001)

Pages: 304 pages

ePUB size: 1851 kb

FB2 size: 1956 kb

Rating: 4.8

Votes: 675

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Umi
I had such mixed feelings about this book after finishing it that I read earlier reviews to see if others shared my ambivalence. Unfortunately, most people didn't seem to have my mixed feelings. It seemed that the reviews were either in the "loved it" or "hated it" category. To be honest, I can understand both points of view.
On the positive side, I thought the book had a strong flow and powerful emotional content. Even if it's not a literal autobiographical work, it's apparent that Olson has a clear understanding of the emotions which underpin the book's situations. I also enjoyed the fact that the book doesn't have a tidy ending. Because it's a snapshot of a period in the protagonist's life, it felt appropriate to not have a clean ending to the book. The ambiguous ending conveyed the feeling that life would continue with the hope of things becoming better. I felt that implied promise was more satisfying than paring the protagonist off with a boyfriend/husband.
On the other hand, there were elements that detracted from the book's overall power. For instance, I really didn't connect with any of the characters other than the protagonist. I thought that they were surprisingly shallow, especially the boyfriends. I also didn't care for the book's tone, which was slightly too serious for its subject. It seemed that the book wasn't quite as funny as others in the "neurotic female" genre. While I am the first to admit that some of the situations in the Bridget Jones books are outlandish, they do serve the purpose of adding an "over-the-top" levity to an otherwise dreary topic. Unfortunately, Olsen seemed to gravitate more toward the serious, which left me feeling that most of the characters were too whiny. As a result, the book is a lot like dealing with an individual (either male or female) of that temperament: they're fun at first, but they get annoying after a while.
So, where does that leave me? Well, it leaves me where I started. Welcome to My Planet is not a bad book. The writing is sharp and the pacing is very good. However, I don't think it has anything new to say about a topic that has been (almost) over-exposed in today's media. A reader can do worse than Welcome to My Planet. But, there are better books on the same subject.
Umi
I had such mixed feelings about this book after finishing it that I read earlier reviews to see if others shared my ambivalence. Unfortunately, most people didn't seem to have my mixed feelings. It seemed that the reviews were either in the "loved it" or "hated it" category. To be honest, I can understand both points of view.
On the positive side, I thought the book had a strong flow and powerful emotional content. Even if it's not a literal autobiographical work, it's apparent that Olson has a clear understanding of the emotions which underpin the book's situations. I also enjoyed the fact that the book doesn't have a tidy ending. Because it's a snapshot of a period in the protagonist's life, it felt appropriate to not have a clean ending to the book. The ambiguous ending conveyed the feeling that life would continue with the hope of things becoming better. I felt that implied promise was more satisfying than paring the protagonist off with a boyfriend/husband.
On the other hand, there were elements that detracted from the book's overall power. For instance, I really didn't connect with any of the characters other than the protagonist. I thought that they were surprisingly shallow, especially the boyfriends. I also didn't care for the book's tone, which was slightly too serious for its subject. It seemed that the book wasn't quite as funny as others in the "neurotic female" genre. While I am the first to admit that some of the situations in the Bridget Jones books are outlandish, they do serve the purpose of adding an "over-the-top" levity to an otherwise dreary topic. Unfortunately, Olsen seemed to gravitate more toward the serious, which left me feeling that most of the characters were too whiny. As a result, the book is a lot like dealing with an individual (either male or female) of that temperament: they're fun at first, but they get annoying after a while.
So, where does that leave me? Well, it leaves me where I started. Welcome to My Planet is not a bad book. The writing is sharp and the pacing is very good. However, I don't think it has anything new to say about a topic that has been (almost) over-exposed in today's media. A reader can do worse than Welcome to My Planet. But, there are better books on the same subject.
Bladecliff
I loved this book. Shannon, the character, is like so many of my friends and I. I can't imagine reading this book and not laughing or gasping with utter recognition. As the reviews above illustrate, this book has been too easily lumped in with the "chick-lit" phenomenon that has taken hold over the past few years (a genre I am unashamedly a fan of) but Welcome to My Planet is heads and tails above many of those novels. Olson is a smart, gifted writer who turns the mundane details of daily life into insightful revelations and crafts an engaging narrative. Every few pages, you discover something new about Shannon and the people in her life, something that makes them more flawed, loveable and fascinating. I was sad when the very last revealtion came and I had to put away a character who felt so much like a friend.
Bladecliff
I loved this book. Shannon, the character, is like so many of my friends and I. I can't imagine reading this book and not laughing or gasping with utter recognition. As the reviews above illustrate, this book has been too easily lumped in with the "chick-lit" phenomenon that has taken hold over the past few years (a genre I am unashamedly a fan of) but Welcome to My Planet is heads and tails above many of those novels. Olson is a smart, gifted writer who turns the mundane details of daily life into insightful revelations and crafts an engaging narrative. Every few pages, you discover something new about Shannon and the people in her life, something that makes them more flawed, loveable and fascinating. I was sad when the very last revealtion came and I had to put away a character who felt so much like a friend.
Kirinaya
The reviews I had read of this book, both in People magazine, here on Amazon, and elsewhere had led me to believe that this book was a laugh a minute- sorta like Bridget Jones. Well, it is, but it isn't. The Bridget Jones books are cartoons, really- exaggerations of life.
This book is really more realistic and less extreme. Shannon (the main character here) doesn't obsesses and worry about her body every second, but those worries about her thighs and breasts do exist and are a part of her character.
She is 30, she is single, hates her job, dates a loser who treats her like crap and tries to have sex with her while she's asleep, her younger sister does get married out from under her, she is depressed, she does love Target (I hear ya, sister)- but those are the superficial elements of the story.
The way I see it, this story is best exemplified by this: her mom is sick, and needs surgery. Her mom says to Shannon, "Sickness is a part of life. I look at this as an adventure, an opportunity to learn." And Shannon replies, "I hate learning. I wish we could all be dumb and happy." Really, this book is about Shannon's recognition that you can't just stay dumb and happy- that you have to learn and stop making the same mistakes with men and career because otherwise, you'll have the same unhappiness over and over again.
This book is about growing up and realizing that life isn't fair, and people aren't fair, and you have to quit expecting fairness and trying to control things that you have no control over. And it's about recognizing how you got those expectations. Her mom (Flo), asks Shannon, "Did your father and I do this to you? Is it something we didn't do?" And Shannon replies, "Women's magazines did this to me. Watching Love Boat did this. I did this to myself."
I really liked this book- it's quiet and normal- Bridget is chaotic and drunk and smoking and I laughed my way all the way through Bridget. But I could relate to Shannon because she was real, in a way very much like the character in The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing (except not placed in ubiquitous New York).
This does NOT mean that this book isn't funny- it's hilarious. Shannon's sense of humor is extremely dry, and she is really a great writer. I can't wait for her next book.
I really see this book and "Getting Over It" as sort of the next evolution in what could best be described as the Single/30 literature.
Kirinaya
The reviews I had read of this book, both in People magazine, here on Amazon, and elsewhere had led me to believe that this book was a laugh a minute- sorta like Bridget Jones. Well, it is, but it isn't. The Bridget Jones books are cartoons, really- exaggerations of life.
This book is really more realistic and less extreme. Shannon (the main character here) doesn't obsesses and worry about her body every second, but those worries about her thighs and breasts do exist and are a part of her character.
She is 30, she is single, hates her job, dates a loser who treats her like crap and tries to have sex with her while she's asleep, her younger sister does get married out from under her, she is depressed, she does love Target (I hear ya, sister)- but those are the superficial elements of the story.
The way I see it, this story is best exemplified by this: her mom is sick, and needs surgery. Her mom says to Shannon, "Sickness is a part of life. I look at this as an adventure, an opportunity to learn." And Shannon replies, "I hate learning. I wish we could all be dumb and happy." Really, this book is about Shannon's recognition that you can't just stay dumb and happy- that you have to learn and stop making the same mistakes with men and career because otherwise, you'll have the same unhappiness over and over again.
This book is about growing up and realizing that life isn't fair, and people aren't fair, and you have to quit expecting fairness and trying to control things that you have no control over. And it's about recognizing how you got those expectations. Her mom (Flo), asks Shannon, "Did your father and I do this to you? Is it something we didn't do?" And Shannon replies, "Women's magazines did this to me. Watching Love Boat did this. I did this to myself."
I really liked this book- it's quiet and normal- Bridget is chaotic and drunk and smoking and I laughed my way all the way through Bridget. But I could relate to Shannon because she was real, in a way very much like the character in The Girl's Guide to Hunting and Fishing (except not placed in ubiquitous New York).
This does NOT mean that this book isn't funny- it's hilarious. Shannon's sense of humor is extremely dry, and she is really a great writer. I can't wait for her next book.
I really see this book and "Getting Over It" as sort of the next evolution in what could best be described as the Single/30 literature.
Shliffiana
I loved this book. Shannon (the narrator, as opposed to the author) is so much like many women I know that reading the novel was like chatting with a witty friend I had not seen in a while. Her concerns and obsessions are so real. She's not just worried about dating and boyfriends, but about her job, her education, her mother, her family, her life. Everything is wryly observed and humorous without being superficial. Shannon sometimes probes into truths about being a contemporary woman that most novels simply gloss over. Her story is funny, touching and bittersweet all at the same time. I really enjoyed reading this novel and highly recommend it.
Shliffiana
I loved this book. Shannon (the narrator, as opposed to the author) is so much like many women I know that reading the novel was like chatting with a witty friend I had not seen in a while. Her concerns and obsessions are so real. She's not just worried about dating and boyfriends, but about her job, her education, her mother, her family, her life. Everything is wryly observed and humorous without being superficial. Shannon sometimes probes into truths about being a contemporary woman that most novels simply gloss over. Her story is funny, touching and bittersweet all at the same time. I really enjoyed reading this novel and highly recommend it.
Nargas
Very funny and enjoyable book. The sequel "children of God go bowling" is excellent as well. I hope the author writes a third book in this series.
Nargas
Very funny and enjoyable book. The sequel "children of God go bowling" is excellent as well. I hope the author writes a third book in this series.
Mozel
I related to many topics covered ,I could hear her voice in it . I read it . In 2 days.
Mozel
I related to many topics covered ,I could hear her voice in it . I read it . In 2 days.