Book Launch: My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag… by Jolie Kerr, with The Hairpin’s Bobby Finger

Book Launch: My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag... by Jolie Kerr, with The Hairpin's Bobby Finger

Wednesday Feb 26, 2014
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

37 Main Street
Brooklyn, NY 11201

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Based on Kerr’s popular “Ask A Clean Person” column for Deadspin and Jezebel, this book offers practical (and hilarious!) advice on how to clean up life’s strange, innumerable emergencies. Bobby Finger of The Hairpin joins Kerr in conversation.

About My Boyfriend Barfed In My Handbag…and Other Things You Can’t Ask Martha:

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 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.
  • 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.



About the Author and Moderator:

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, 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.

Bobby Finger is a copywriter living in New York, and a frequent contributor to The Hairpin, The Awl, and Vulture. He hails from San Antonio, Texas, where his mother instilled in him the importance of always having Bar Keepers Friend under the sink.

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