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Adult drama : and other essays
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Beach, who is best known for her viral 2019 essay documenting her fraught relationship with social media starlet Caroline Calloway, debuts with an elegant memoir-in-essays that mixes gossipy anecdotes about that friendship with gorgeously rendered reflections on her own life. "Distressed Denim" explores the sexual politics of Abercrombie and Fitch's low-rise jeans ("There are no atheists in an Abercrombie dressing room," it begins, "so I prayed... please fit, please look good for one goddamn time") from Beach's perspective as an insecure 14-year-old; "Self-Centered" recounts Beach's sophomore year in college, when she met Calloway, with whom she ghostwrote a book proposal and countless social media posts; "Abortion Abortion" deals with Beach's experiences as a volunteer at an abortion clinic in spring 2017; "Wifeliness" examines in painful detail the swift death of Beach's mother-in-law, Mary Ellen, due to pancreatic cancer. Throughout, Beach's wide-eyed honesty and utter lack of pretense ("There's no good way to end a memoir, short of elegantly dropping dead after you write the final sentence," she muses at one point) contribute to the sense that she's mined every inch of her experience for these pieces. Incisive and candid, this is a must-read. Agent: Cait Hoyt and Mollie Glick, CAA. (June)
Booklist Review
Written for the girls who never felt like they were doing girlhood correctly, and yet, in a cruel twist of fate, grew into women anyway, Beach's first book is less a tell-all exposé of the messy creative relationship with influencer Caroline Calloway that made Beach's name, via a viral piece for The Cut, and more a rumination on identity and connection in a post-Instagram world. In her debut collection, Beach guides us through the inherent instability of young adulthood with humor and aplomb, secure in her insecurities and surefooted in her fallibility. Beach's inability to "[radiate] girlishness" colors each essay, as does her insistence on finding meaning--or, at the very least, humor--in each vignette she paints. Beach's voice is a synthesis of whip-smart cultural commentary and vulnerable self-reflection as she searches for an identity she can call hers -- contractor, shopgirl, estate-sale junkie, memoirist. Adult Drama is an unflinching self-portrait by an artist who's done with telling any story that isn't hers.
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From the writer whose New York Magazine piece "I Was Caroline Calloway" broke the internet comes a fresh, incisive, laugh-out-loud funny memoir-in-essays about the frenzied journey to adulthood.

Natalie Beach became an internet sensation when her essay on her toxic friendship with Instagram influencer Caroline Calloway went viral. Now, for the first time, and in her own indelible voice, Beach offers a revelatory glimpse into her own life alongside a broader cultural criticism of the world today. Through stories of heartbreak, odd jobs, political activism, existential crises and low-rise jeans, Natalie Beach explores the high stakes and absurdist comedy of coming of age in a world gone mad.

Effervescent, hilarious and unflinchingly self-aware, Adult Drama marks the arrival of an electrifying new literary voice.
Table of Contents
Distressed Denim11
How May I Help You?75
Abortion Abortion Abortion105
The Gowanus Dolphin121
Dead People's Stuff141
Growing Season169
Big Trouble in Little Vagina215
Adult Drama or The Virgin Cunt Club239
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