Much to Your Chagrin: A Memoir of Embarrassment

Much to Your Chagrin by Suzanne Guillette

Much to Your Chagrin by Suzanne Guillette

“People who don’t have embarrassing stories are untrustworthy.  Or at the very least, they aren’t telling the truth.”  These words of wisdom come from author Suzanne Guillette, whose first book “Much to Your Chagrin” takes a fresh look at the moments in life — big and small — that are simply embarrassing but make you who you are!

I’d like to add a third category for people with embarrassing stories: people (like me) who are actually private and only tell their closest friends their most embarrassing tales.  Of course, many embarrassing moments are a direct result of being socially awkward or from over-consumption. Yep, PR speak for too much wine, beer, cosmos, or whatever potion I was enjoying at the time. My loud laugh and inability to keep my opinion to myself have certainly caused more than one embarrassing moment.  Let’s just leave it at that.

Reading this book brought back great memories of my dear friend Kristin, who has been an important part of my life since third grade. Kristin is the Queen of being goofy to the point of wrong.  Nine times out of 10, she will pull a stunt to get a laugh from her friends, and usually ends up with an “OMG moment” that lives in infamy.  Her spirit and energy are contagious, and even her goofs and spoofs are endearing and down-right hilarious.

With that, I am going to present my copy of “Much to Your Chagrin” to Kristin, the woman who could write her own memoir of embarrassment that I would love to read almost as much I loved witnessing.

– LTV Mom

This post was inspired by the Silicon Valley Moms Blog book club selection, Much to Your Chagrin by Suzanne Guillette.  The book is an honest memoir of embarrassing, laugh-out-loud, and oh-no-you-didn’t moments.  The book is available at Amazon,  and Barnes & Noble.

12 Responses to “Much to Your Chagrin: A Memoir of Embarrassment”


  1. 1 Jennifer/Connect with your Teens

    I forgot about all the embarrassing moments I had when I was young and under the influence. I’d have to say that I’m not too sorry that those memories are so foggy in my mind. Did your friend Kristin ever cause you embarrassing moments? I had a few friends that when they had a bit too much to drink would often blurt out secrets about me that would make me cringe and want to disappear. I didn’t even think of these things when I was writing my post about this book. I probably blocked it all out.

  2. 2 Heather

    I have to read trhis book. Oh how I miss “us” being together. What a great post Stac. You have an amazing way with words.

  3. 3 Suzanne

    I’d love to meet Kristin! I especially appreciated your description of her, ie “being goofy to the point of wrong.” Your appreciation of your friend is very touching. A main theme of the book is definitely connection and what it means to feel “connected” to other human beings. To me, it’s one of the most important experiences we can have in life. Thanks so much for reading, and also for your post.

  4. 4 bonggamom

    What a great idea! You’ve inspired me to pass this book on to someone with great spirit and energy and the humility to be able to laugh at herself now and then.

  5. 5 Robyn - Who's the Boss?

    I love that loud laugh of yours… helps make me feel better about my own loud laugh.

    And seriously, I would never have pegged you for a private person. Or maybe I’ve just been lucky enough to have lots of laughable moments with you. :)

  6. 6 NicoleRPR

    Great post! I know what book I’m going to pick up next time I’m at Borders. I’ll have to grab two copies. One for me and one for my best friend since 2nd grade. Thankfully, we’re both people who have experienced many embarassing moments and STILL laugh about them to this very day. Probably a big reason why we’re still best friends… Thanks for sharing!

  7. 7 Gina von (andrea lini)

    I really enjoyed reading your article and can’t wait to go out and get the book. Is Kristin really the name of your friend or have you changed her name to protect her identity? ;-)I’ve got a friend that can bring out some crazy laughing spurts in me and reading your article reminded me that I need to send her an email right away!

  8. 8 Melissa

    I’ve had so many embarrassing moments that I can’t even count them any more. I can’t wait to pick up the book for my friends and me. Like Nicole said, all of those embarrassing moments are probably why those friends are still in our lives. :-)

  9. 9 RBM

    I don’t think any of my high school or college friends would ever wonder why I am able to roll with the punches, because they know I’ve had my share of instances where it was simply mandatory. Many of those involve my first car - still near and dear - The Comet and wishing for time travel ability to go back to undo my stupidity. Alas, instead, we learn from those experiences, and like that commented already, these shared experiences are what create real bonds of compassion, friendship and for some secrets, loyalty (umm, no Mr. BestFriend’sDad, I don’t know how the car sped through that fence!).

  10. 10 Kristin

    Flop - Can’t wait for the book. Thanks for sharing the great memories. You are a true friend!!!!

  11. 11 kristi

    hmmmm, embarassing moments . . . oh the memories!

  12. 12 Stephanie

    Oh dear lord… how have I not heard of this book before? THANK YOU! I will be picking it up immediately… Glad to know there’s a greater meaning to all of my embarassing moments. Who doesn’t love a trustworthy person right? p.s. I love your super loud laugh…

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