By Alexandra Petri
Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri turns her satirical eye on her personal lifestyles during this hilarious new memoir...
Most twentysomethings spend loads of time warding off awkwardness.
Not Alexandra Petri.
Afraid of rejection? Alexandra Petri has auditioned for America’s subsequent most sensible Model. petrified of having a look like an fool? Alexandra Petri misplaced Jeopardy! through answering “Who is that dude?” on nationwide television. frightened of undesirable jokes? Alexandra Petri gained a global pun championship.
Petri has been a debutante, reenacted the Civil warfare, and fended off suitors at a Star Wars conference whereas donning a Jabba the Hutt go well with. One time, she enable a few cult individuals she met in the street baptize her, simply to be well mannered. She’s a gourmet of the type of awkwardness that almost all humans spend entire lifetimes attempting to keep away from. If John Hodgman and Amy Sedaris had a baby…they could by no means permit Petri babysit it.
But Petri is right here to inform you: every little thing you worry isn't so undesirable. belief her. She’s attempted it. And during her misadventures, she’s discovered that there are worse issues in the market than awkwardness—and that attention-grabbing issues begin to take place in case you cease being concerned what humans imagine.
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A Field Guide to Awkward Silences by Alexandra Petri