An Extraordinary Theory of Objects by Stephanie LaCava
A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris

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It's Girl Interrupted meets Miranda July—with a touch of Joan Didion—in this captivating collection of original essays revolving around a young American girl's coming of age in Paris. As an adolescent in a foreign country, Stephanie LaCava found an unconventional way to deal with her social awkwardness and feelings of uncertainty about the future by taking solace from the strange and beautiful objects she came across in her daily life. Filled with beautiful illustrations and providing a retrospective of nineties fashion and culture, An Extraordinary Theory of Objects: A Memoir of an Outsider in Paris is sure to be a collector's item for Francophiles or anyone who has ever found security in the strangest of places.


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Stephanie LaCava is a writer working in New York and Paris. Raised in France, she attended Colgate University and has worked at Vogue. Her work has appeared in T: The New York Times Style Magazine Vogue, and other print and online publications, including the Paris Review. On her website (, she posts striking photographs and words daily, which she refers to as phantom cabinet of curiosities.
Published December 4, 2012 by Harper. 224 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Literature & Fiction, History, Travel. Non-fiction

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As an adult Lacava began looking back over her life “through a narrative illuminated with objects and their respective stories.” As the author began researching her objects, she discovered unlikely links between them and “certain people who reappeared throughout the stories” of such objec...

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