How Did This Happen?: Poems for the Not So Young Anymore (Hardback)Mary D. Esselman (author)
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From Amy Schumer to Frances McDormand, women are talking about both the private and public indignities of age, but until now there's been no go-to book for women seeking irreverent, smart, funny guidance and companionship through experience.
Readers who loved The Hell with Love will buy this book, seeking inspiration that's honest, wise, and accessible, fun but never dumbed down. With HOW DID THIS HAPPEN? Mary and Elizabeth are targeting women drawn to Amy Schumer's brilliant feminism, Lena Dunham's unapologetic frankness, and Lily Tomlin's deadpan cool. They are marketing an attitude towards aging, a female point of view that celebrates the Tina Fey/Amy Poehler/Melissa McCarthy approach. The book faces aging head-on, with smarts, irony and humor.
Publisher: Little, Brown & Company
Number of pages: 112
Weight: 268 g
Dimensions: 171 x 118 x 23 mm
"After all the eye creams and diets and the miscarriage and the 3 A.M. terrors, we will at least and forever have poems. This gorgeous, hilarious, heartbreaking and wise roadmap to becoming the Women whose Roots are Showing, feels like stumbling into that secret Facebook group you always dreamed of: where your very best friends are all waiting for you brandishing poems of pain and laughter, and admonishing you to 'tell the truth if you can.' And thanks to Mary and Elizabeth, you'll find that you can."--Dahlia Lithwick, Senior Editor, Slate
"Any anthology of poems must answer the question "so what?" Why this gathering of poems about . . . meerkats, ghost towns, salt and pepper shakers, New Jersey diners? How Did This Happen? Poems for the Not So Young Anymore answers the question in spades, reminding us at every turn that we are mortal, aging, and not alone. Just as moving and entertaining as the curated poems (contributors range from Euripides to Sharon Olds, Emily Dickinson to Ada Limon, Shakespeare to Rita Dove) are the Introduction and contextualizing prose passages by the editors themselves, whose moxie, stand-up humor, pop-cultural savvy, authenticity, and humanity shine forth with forthright, intelligent consolation on every page. This is a book for women (and men!) of all ages."--Lisa Russ Spaar, Professor of English and Creative Writing, University of Virginia
"This is the book I didn't even know I needed-until I found myself crying within the first few pages. 'Growing up' and 'growing older' can feel lonely-thinking no one else feels the same way or experiences the same losses and hopes and fears. In these poems, and in the hilarious, touching commentary accompanying them, I found solace and joy. How Did This Happen is not your mother's anthology. It is a fierce, funny, guided meditation, set in poetry, through the insult, grit and grace of aging; a thinking woman's guide to growing older. This is a book to love, now and for the months and years to come."--Andrea Seabrook, NPR
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