Disaster Preparedness

Disaster Preparedness

A Memoir

Format
Paperback
Price
$15.00
 
Additional Formats
  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9781594485466
  • 256 Pages
  • Riverhead Books
  • Adult

Overview

A memoir from a writer who’s "smart, hilarious, unique-just terrific" (Anne Lamott).

A thoughtful, funny memoir about surviving the real and imagined perils of childhood and early adulthood, Disaster Preparedness charts how the most humiliating and painful moments in Havrilesky’s past forced her to develop a wide range of defense mechanisms, some adaptive, some piteously ill-suited to modern life. By turns offbeat, sophisticated, uproarious and wise, Disaster Preparedness is a road map to the personal disasters we all face from an irresistible voice that gets straight to the unexpected grace at the heart of every calamity.

Praise

“Heather Havrilesky’s memoir Disaster Preparedness is about board games, inappropriate boyfriends, Star Wars, kickball, Amy Carter and chain stores – but it’s also about life and death, and love and loss. I thought it was great.”
-AJ JACOBS, author of The Year of Living Biblically and The Guinea Pig Diaries

“I love Heather Havrilesky’s work, and have been reading her for years. She’s smart, hilarious, unique-just terrific.”
-ANNE LAMOTT

“Heather Havrilesky captures the weird, chaotic, innocent-but-also-jaded, sweet- but-also-kind-of-rancid essence of childhood in the 1970s. And if that’s not enough, she takes us-hilariously, painfully, utterly relatably-through the entropy of being a teenager in the 1980s. At once sharp and tender, Disaster Preparedness both laments and salutes what it means to belong to a family- and indeed an entire culture-that seems inherently unmoored.”
-MEGHAN DAUM, author of My Misspent Youth and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House
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