Don’t Shoot! I’m Just The Avon Lady – Birdie Jaworski

15 Aug

Started – 5/8/12

Finished – 12/8/12

Format – Kindle e-book

Synopsis – For Birdie Jaworski, life as an Avon Lady was a bittersweet mix of embarking on gossip-worthy adventures, searching for Mr. Right, and making emergency lotion requests in the middle of the night… while managing as a single parent.

Birdie hawks Avon at a strip club, a bowling alley on Men’s League Night, and of course door-to-door. She meets customers who answer the door naked, who want to buy wrinkle cream for their pet monkey, or who are harboring dark – and funny – secrets. She even sells Avon to celebrities who want to keep their zits a secret!

The book reveals a surprising and touching account of her personal life when Catholic Charities calls her and tells her the daughter she gave up for adoption is now an adult and wants to meet her. This book follows Birdie’s journey during one summer while she decides whether to meet her daughter while selling Avon cosmetics door-to-door. A funny and beautifully touching read.

My Thoughts – I downloaded this book because it was free on the kindle store for a day. My mother in law did Avon for a bit and i thought it would be a good idea to read this book and have a bit of a comparison.
This book is about Birdie Jaworski and her life. She has two young sons, a single parent and is trying to sell Avon. There is also a side plot to the book, she gave up a daughter for adoption many years ago.
I did try to get into the book and really did try to like it, but i just couldnt. I didnt really like all the name dropping of the Avon products. One or two would have been ok, but it seemed to be every other page at times and i just didnt like it much. It felt like i was reading an avon book at times.
I did like parts with her sons, i did find out lots about the author through this. I particually liked the part when they adopted a pig and the havoc that this caused.
I would have liked more focus on her daughter that she gave up for adoption. At times it felt like the avon side come before this. While i found out a fair bit of information about the situation she was put in, i would have liked more of a focus on this part.It is a memoir, and it comes across in that way. It was a little disjointed at times and i would have liked it to flow a bit better. I suppose if you are an avon lady you might enjoy this, but unfortunatly i just didnt. I ended up skimming parts too.

Rating – 2/5
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3 Responses to “Don’t Shoot! I’m Just The Avon Lady – Birdie Jaworski”

  1. ocdreader August 15, 2012 at 6:40 pm #

    Bummer! Sounds like it could have been lots of fun.
    My mom had a little potbellied pig for a while, I had moved out already. I don’t know that I would have loved sharing the house with that guy. Strange the pets we end up with sometimes!

    • shelovestoread August 16, 2012 at 7:42 am #

      id have loved a little pig when i was younger, but such a shame about the book šŸ˜¦

  2. Sugel August 25, 2012 at 9:00 pm #

    I have followed Birdie Jaworski’s “Beauty Dish” Blog for years, ever since she started selling Avon and got a call from Catholic Charities that the daughter she gave up for adoption wanted to meet her. This book is the real life story of Birdie meeting one crazy southern California Avon customer after another while she decides whether or not to meet her now-adult daughter.The book is laugh-out-loud funny! Birdie sells Avon to a woman who wants to buy anti-wrinkle cream for her pet monkey. She comes up with outrageous schemes for pushing Avon – from attending “Ladies’ Night” at the strip club to holding yard sales where her two little boys try to help her unload bottles of bubble bath to selling Avon to men during a bowling league championship.As an Avon Lady, I can’t tell you how many times I had to call up my upline and read her sections out of the book while laughing hysterically. I actually found some amazing sales tips in the stories, too!Birdie’s descriptions will make you believe you are right next to her selling Avon. Her heartfelt account of having a baby as a teenager and giving her up for adoption will bring tears to your eyes. Birdie has a lot of guts writing such a dear and personal book. At the end of the book, I really felt as if I knew Birdie in person, and I felt ready to tackle my Avon business with renevewed vigor. Birdie really gets across the point that Avon can help you meet new friends and help you overcome your own fears.This isn’t a book just for Avon ladies. It’s a book for any human who is struggling to make his or her way in the world with a difficult job. It’s a book that will make you laugh and cry.You will want to find all of Birdie’s other stories on the internet after reading this book! I really recommend that you do that. Her stories about her boys’ love of Star Trek are also really funny and touching. I also love her stories about New Mexico, where she now lives.

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