Suburgatory by Linda E Keenan

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Suburgatory lampoons the absurdities and contradictions that Linda Keenan has witnessed since leaving New York City, where she was a thoroughly urban CNN news producer for seven years, and settling down as a hapless stay-at-home suburban mother. The original proposal for this book was picked by Warner Brothers in 2010, and you can see their imagining of Suburgatory on the ABC show of the same title this fall.


Keenan was forced by the man in her life to leave her beloved New York City for a supposed suburban utopia. Instead she found herself trapped in a place where conformity is king, and where she often felt like she had been taken hostage by an adult Girl Scout troop. So Keenan decided to train her twisted reporter's eye on the strange inhabitants of this new foreign land. Thought of as a local town newspaper or website, Suburgatory includes “news stories” (Mom Plans School Auction During Dreary Sex) that go after the tiger moms, breastfeeding nazis, frustrated swingers, crypto-racists, barely-there dads, and power-mad principals..


In addition to the irreverent news stories, Suburgatory features faux op-ed "Shout Outs" (Let’s Do that Key Party Right the Next Time), witty advertisements (Briarcliff Academy—Educating the Stupid Rich Since 1903), and an over-the-top totally toxic advice columnist: Dr. Drama. .


About Linda E Keenan

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Linda Keenan spent 7 years as a CNN senior producer/head-writer for top anchors including Anderson Cooper, Aaron Brown, Willow Bay, Stuart Varney, and Lou Dobbs, during 9/11, the Afghanistan and Iraq Wars, the Dot Com rise and fall, several key national elections, and the New York City Blackout. It was 9/11 that pushed her to re-evaluate her 24-7 lifestyle, eventually trading it all in for baby and suburbia. Since then she's trained her reporter's eye on the subversive side of her new, very foreign environment and its strange inhabitants: the hyper-parents, wannabe swingers, crypto-racists, barely-there dads, power-mad principals. Her first-person essays have appeared in The Boston Globe Magazine, The Huffington Post, and
Published October 11, 2011 by Globe Pequot Press. 240 pages
Genres: Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction. Non-fiction

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Here are just a few titles of news stories taken from Keenan’s “Suburgatory”: • “Asperger’s Dad Unlikely Sex Symbol at School Pickup” • “Woman with Eating Disorder Considers Meth” • “Four-Year-Old Gets Perez Hilton as ‘Manny’” • “Mercedes-Driving Dad Dreams of Easier Life for His Children” •...

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