By Alexandra Petri
Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri turns her satirical eye on her personal existence during this hilarious new memoir...
Most twentysomethings spend loads of time averting awkwardness.
Not Alexandra Petri.
Afraid of rejection? Alexandra Petri has auditioned for America’s subsequent most sensible Model. fearful of taking a look like an fool? Alexandra Petri misplaced Jeopardy! by way of answering “Who is that dude?” on nationwide television. fearful of undesirable jokes? Alexandra Petri received a global pun championship.
Petri has been a debutante, reenacted the Civil struggle, and fended off suitors at a Star Wars conference whereas donning a Jabba the Hutt swimsuit. One time, she allow a few cult participants she met in the street baptize her, simply to be well mannered. She’s a gourmet of the type of awkwardness that the majority humans spend complete lifetimes attempting to stay away from. If John Hodgman and Amy Sedaris had a baby…they may by no means allow Petri babysit it.
But Petri is right here to inform you: every thing you worry isn't really so undesirable. belief her. She’s attempted it. And during her misadventures, she’s realized that there are worse issues in the market than awkwardness—and that attention-grabbing issues begin to take place in the event you cease worrying what humans imagine.
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A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri