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Little weirds

by Slate, Jenny, 1982-

Format: Print Book 2019
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Summary
NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER
Step into Jenny Slate's wild, unfiltered imagination in this "magical" (Mindy Kaling), "delicious" (Amy Sedaris), and "poignant" (John Mulaney) collection about love, heartbreak, and being alive -- "this book is something new and wonderful" (George Saunders).
You may "know" Jenny Slate from her new Netflix special, "Stage Fright," or as the creator of Marcel the Shell, or as the star of "Obvious Child." But you don't really know Jenny Slate until you get bonked on the head by her absolutely singular writing style. To see the world through Jenny's eyes is to see it as though for the first time, shimmering with strangeness and possibility. As she will remind you, we live on an ancient ball that rotates around a bigger ball made up of lights and gasses that are science gasses, not farts (don't be immature). Heartbreak, confusion, and misogyny stalk this blue-green sphere, yes, but it is also a place of wild delight and unconstrained vitality, a place where we can start living as soon as we are born, and we can be born at any time. In her dazzling, impossible-to-categorize debut, Jenny channels the pain and beauty of life in writing so fresh, so new, and so burstingly alive, we catch her vision like a fever and bring it back out into the bright day with us, and everything has changed.

Contents
Treat
Introduction/explanation/guidelines for consumption
I was born : the list
Fast bad baby
My mother
Deerhoof/dream deer
Restaurant
Daydreams/tides
I want to look out a window
I died : Valentine's Day
Ghosts
Color-spirit
Letter : dreams
Trench-times/dream dog
Eclipse
Touch vs. smack
I died : listening
Beach animals
A prayer
I was born : about to bust
Nice things to do for tipping yourself toward gentleness and simple joy
I died : the sad songs of my vagina
Mouse house
Holding the dog
I died : bonked
The pits
To Norway
Hillside
Important questions
I died : sardines
Sit?
Kathleen/Dog-Flower-Face
Letter : super-ego
Creed
The Code of Hammurabi
Kinship
A fact
Geranium
A tender thief
Night treats for her
The root : a made-up myth
Fur
Tart
Clothes flying on/day flying open
I died : bronze tree
Dog paw
Blue hour
From me to you, from me to everybody.

Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "Readers expecting fluffy hilarity from actress and comedian Slate's first solo-authored adult book (she's the co-author of About the House, 2016, with her father, and the Marcel the Shell children's books) should adjust their dials. In ""Introduction/Explanation/Guidelines for Consumption,"" Slate describes the book a literary and imaginative collection of memoir-essays and fantasy-dream-ghost tales as ""the act of pressing onward through an inner world that was dark and dismantled."" Across pieces that vary in tone and style, a vulnerable account of losing love and wanting desperately to re-find it emerges. Other topics include making a home for herself, reckoning with the pain of patriarchy, and treating herself and others with tenderness. But amidst the heartbreak, Slate leaves room for all sorts of lightness and laughter. Multiple essays are titled ""I died"" (while listening to a man explain the concept of listening; from the joy of making her father a sardine sandwich) and ""I was born"" (""in shin-guards on a soccer field on a chilly little morning in the 1980s""). One piece is a list of questions, including ""Is a wig a hat?"" This unconventional collection gives true insight into Slate as both an artist and a person, and will more than reward curious readers.--Annie Bostrom Copyright 2010 Booklist"
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "In an impossible-to-categorize adult debut, actor and comedian Slate (Marcel the Shell with Shoes On, coauthor) meditates on topics profound and ephemeral with wonder and stark honesty. The unaffectedly whimsical, direct tone is established quickly, with the opening piece's assertion that "I am actually a homemade Parisian Croissant," followed by the dictate, "Pair me with jam. Treasure me for my layers and layers of fragility and richness." Something of a personal narrative does emerge; she describes her childhood in hilarious pieces such as "Fast Bad Baby," about the troubles she inflicted on her mother by being "so rowdy and speedy." She ruminates on growing up in a haunted house in Massachusetts, and on leaving it knowing the ghost of her former self would always live there. She admits to debilitating self-doubt (and explains how she moved past it) and celebrates female friendships and self-care. The most moving piece, "I Died: Bronze Tree," the only work of (overt) fiction, unfolds from the perspective of a recently deceased old woman, whose death follows shortly after her husband's. Here, and elsewhere, Slate offers an intimate window into not only her mind, but her heart. The result is a dazzling, sensory gift for poetry lovers and fans of Slate's distinctly odd, but deeply charming humor. Agent: Claudia Ballard, William Morris Endeavor. (Nov.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Slate, Jenny, -- 1982-
Television actors and actresses -- United States -- Biography.
Comedians -- United States -- Biography.
Authors, American -- 21st century -- Biography.
Autobiographies.
Essays.
Publisher New York :2019
Edition First edition.
Other Titles Essays.
Language English
Notes Short autobiographical essays.
Description ix, 224 pages ; 22 cm
ISBN 9780316485340
0316485349
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