When You Find Out the World Is Against You by Kelly Oxford
And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments

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The conversations started by Oxford's hashtag were important and affecting, but the book doesn't delve too deeply into what the accumulation of stories means, except to suggest women are fundamentally unequal to men in the United States and that this is a bummer.
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The author of the New York Times bestseller Everything Is Perfect When You’re a Liar returns with a deeper and even funnier new collection of essays about the pleasures and perils of living in Kelly Oxford’s head.

 Kelly Oxford likes to blow up the internet. Whether it is with the kind of Tweets that lead Rolling Stone to name her one of the Funniest People on Twitter or with pictures of her hilariously adorable family (human and animal) or with something much more serious, like creating the hashtag #NotOkay, where millions of women came together to share their stories of sexual assault, Kelly has a unique, razor-sharp perspective on modern life. As a screen writer, professional sh*t disturber, wife and mother of three, Kelly is about everything but the status quo.

 Perfect for anyone who ever wished David Sedaris and Mindy Kaling would just finally write a book together already, When You Find Out the World is Against You is filled with the biting, wise, and laugh-out-loud insights that have won Kelly legions of fans. Whether she’s detailing her obsession as an eleven-year-old with going to camp so she can become a “kissing bandit,” exploring the bittersweet boredom that so often accompanies parenthood, calling out the insanity of a posse of internet poodle vigilantes, writing bracingly about the anxiety that has plagued her as long as she can remember or taking us to ride shotgun as she stalks her husband on an accidental date with another man, When You Find Out the World Is Against You is Kelly at her most honest and disarmingly funny best. Her comedic skill, down-to-earth voice, and bull’s-eye observations on the absurdity of modern life mean there is nothing quite like seeing the world through Kelly’s eyes.

 

About Kelly Oxford

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KELLY OXFORD is a sometime model turned stay-at-home mother to three who lives in Calgary. Oxford is more likely to be wearing animals than protecting them, has been previously described as your boyfriend's ex-girlfriend, and is currently described as your mom. She has always been a writer, but came into the international spotlight via Twitter, where she currently has more than 300,000 followers. Her Tumblr has received more than 5 million hits and counting. Oxford currently has television shows in development with CBS, ABC, and HBO.
 
Published April 18, 2017 by Dey Street Books. 320 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

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on Mar 20 2017

As might be expected from her Twitter account, Oxford has a gift for snarky one-liners and self-effacing humor, but her stories are weakly structured and often drift to their ends without resolution.

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NY Journal of Books

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Reviewed by Christopher M. Doran on Jun 15 2017

If this part of the text were a memoir meant to the serious and heartbreaking, it would succeed. These pages however, set an entirely different tone than the first half of the book and its title.

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Monica Heisey on Apr 13 2017

...her examinations of the perils of motherhood are funny, sharp and unique. Rather than putting forward any manifesto or larger social message, this is simply, as Oxford says, a collection of "the stories I've told myself in order to survive."

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Globe and Mail

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Reviewed by Monica Heisey on Apr 13 2017

The conversations started by Oxford's hashtag were important and affecting, but the book doesn't delve too deeply into what the accumulation of stories means, except to suggest women are fundamentally unequal to men in the United States and that this is a bummer.

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