August 31, 2022

You Should Sit Down for This

"I realize there is no shame in staying home with a good book and a pair of comfy pajamas." ~ 39%

I was invited to stop by since I was in the area. Soon as I walked up the front steps, I was waved inside by a warm smile and bright eyes. I was told to make myself at home, and that I did. Before I could sit down good, a glass of crisp rosé wine, a full charcuterie board and freshly baked cookies were placed before me. I have never felt so welcome into pages.

"Something changes when we realize we are the authors of our own stories, because [they] are constantly trying to edit us, aren't they?" ~ 76%

Tamera Mowry-Housley—former co-host of The Real and co-star of Sister, Sister—is the welcoming spirit and author of You Should Sit Down For This: A Memoir About Wine, Life, & Cookies. In this new entertaining memoir, Tamera pulls up her big girl panties and tells the transition from a spunky twin to a grown married woman with children. Not very easy to do in the public eye. 

She goes through being raised in Hawaii to dating distress to grieving her favorite family member and more intimate milestones. Tamera recollects each moment in life as if we are old kindergarten playground buddies catching up one afternoon. The conversation leaves me with good advice but the sense that there's more not being said. Maybe next time.

"It's okay to fail as long as you fail up." ~ 16%

You Should Sit Down for This is giving sweet, wholesome, confident, don't fuck with my family vibes. Yup, all of the above at once. Tamera Mowry-Housley opened her heart and home to share wisdom, kind words, vulnerable moments and a gentle warning. The Tameraisms—gorgeous bite-size drops of wisdom that have the power to enlighten—will float in my head for a while to come. In fact, I highlighted majority to remember and reference.

Even though this memoir is less than 200 pages, it leaves no moment unaddressed. Although I get the feeling details were purposefully left out in some stories. That there is still a nagging need to keep the good girl image in tact. And that's okay because not every experience is meant to be told. As a result, You Should Sit Down for This is the story of a childhood TV star mixed with a variety of wine and cookie flavors that I didn't know I wanted. The format is so well done and fitting to Tamera's personality.

Happy Early Pub Day, Tamera Mowry-Housley! You Should Sit Down for This will be available Tuesday, October 4.

Disclaimer: An advance copy was received directly from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. Opinions are my own and would be the same if I spent my hard-earned coins.

Title: You Should Sit Down for This
Author: Tamera Mowry-Housley
Published: October 2022
Pages: 192
Edition: Galley
Genre: Memoir
Rating: 🖤 🖤 🖤

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