Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered
The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder! Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being ‘nice’ or ‘helpful.’ They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.“My Favorite Murder started as a way for Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark to work through their fears. Now it’s a worldwide community…. Even its darkest moments are lightened by Karen and Georgia's effortlessly funny banter and genuine empathy.” —RollingStone.comAt the Publisher's request, this title is being sold without Digital Rights Management Software (DRM) applied.

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered Details

TitleStay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseMay 28th, 2019
PublisherForge Books
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Crime, True Crime, Autobiography, Memoir, Mystery

Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered Review

  • viktoria
    January 1, 1970
    pre-read 8/14/18: I've deeply suspected and profoundly hoped that this (no doubt) beautiful ode to true crime, anxiety, and the freedom of how to stop worrying and learning to love your weird self would happen. I was so very pleased—and proud with absolutely no foundation—to hear them announce the publication date. I will be stalking all the sites for an ARC as well as pre-ordering. Yay murderinos!
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  • Brandon Forsyth
    January 1, 1970
    Here’s what you do. You make a thousand signs. You put them up on street corners and community bulletin boards. You hang them from ornate balconies and make them look like the flag of a new country. Drag them behind planes and make them circle the cities of the world like you’re announcing a new global superpower. You turn the signs into clothing like those weird toilet paper ads. The signs read “KAREN KILGARIFF AND GEORGIA HARDSTARK HAVE WRITTEN THE GREATEST DUAL MEMOIR / COLLECTION OF HUMOUROU Here’s what you do. You make a thousand signs. You put them up on street corners and community bulletin boards. You hang them from ornate balconies and make them look like the flag of a new country. Drag them behind planes and make them circle the cities of the world like you’re announcing a new global superpower. You turn the signs into clothing like those weird toilet paper ads. The signs read “KAREN KILGARIFF AND GEORGIA HARDSTARK HAVE WRITTEN THE GREATEST DUAL MEMOIR / COLLECTION OF HUMOUROUS ESSAYS / SOCIAL STUDY / FEMINIST MANIFESTO / ADVICE BOOK / TRUE CRIME ANALYSIS EVER AND SURE THAT SOUNDS LIKE A QUALIFIED STATEMENT BUT IT IS ACTUALLY GOING TO BE MY FAVOURITE BOOK OF THE YEAR YES EVEN THOUGH IT’S ONLY FEBRUARY” or something to that effect that might be catchier.I am overwhelmed with enthusiasm for this book. It is actually, to use a clichéd word, brilliant.
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  • Janelle • She Reads with Cats
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate enough to receive a partial early copy from Forge. I loved every single page I read and cried at the end. It’s that good. Full review to come.
  • Jenna | JennaStopReading
    January 1, 1970
    I still can’t believe I managed to get my grimy little hands on a partial ARC of this book, but I am SO glad I did. I can’t wait to read the rest when it comes out in May. As always, Karen and Georgia are authentic, hilarious, straight forward and passionate. This book reads very similarly to the way they speak in their podcast, but does a deeper dive on who they are as people and the events that made them the way they are. I don’t cry much, but I found myself getting choked up as Karen describe I still can’t believe I managed to get my grimy little hands on a partial ARC of this book, but I am SO glad I did. I can’t wait to read the rest when it comes out in May. As always, Karen and Georgia are authentic, hilarious, straight forward and passionate. This book reads very similarly to the way they speak in their podcast, but does a deeper dive on who they are as people and the events that made them the way they are. I don’t cry much, but I found myself getting choked up as Karen described her mother’s battle with Alzheimer’s and as Georgia talked about how reading Ray Bradbury changed her life. These women are real and their stories are powerful. Their obsession with true crime is only one small part of who they are, and the pretty great thing is that the rest of who they are...is just as incredible. Thank you, Karen and Georgia.SDDGM.
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  • Tucker
    January 1, 1970
    O MG! I was just listening to My Favorite Murder in my MRI. I'm so excited!
  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    It doesn't matter if you fail. Your trying is what sets the tone for your whole life story. Think of everything you do as being chapters in your future autobiographical self-help book about murder. Your “career” is just another word to help you categorize your journey through life. Why not start brave and bold and believing in yourself? I'll begin by saying that I'm not a “Murderino”, but my daughter is and we've listened to a few episodes of the My Favorite Murder podcast together; I know who It doesn't matter if you fail. Your trying is what sets the tone for your whole life story. Think of everything you do as being chapters in your future autobiographical self-help book about murder. Your “career” is just another word to help you categorize your journey through life. Why not start brave and bold and believing in yourself? I'll begin by saying that I'm not a “Murderino”, but my daughter is and we've listened to a few episodes of the My Favorite Murder podcast together; I know who Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstack are and I recognise the value and appeal of what they put out into the world. So, from the point-of-view of a not-totally-invested reader, I'd say that this “autobiographical self-help book about murder” was a thoroughly decent read. Karen and Georgia share their life stories (stating that many of the details have never been shared with their fans before), and they are open and thoughtful and bring their acid humour to tough topics; just like on the podcast. On the other hand, I don't know that Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered could be considered terribly well-written – I found passages clunky, the advice kind of basic and repetitious, some of the humour forced – but I'm sure that when my daughter (the intended audience) gets to read this, it will be everything she was hoping for. (Note: I was fortunate to receive an ARC from the publisher and passages quoted may not be in their final forms.)EVERYONE HAS AN AGENDA. No matter who it is: your aunt, the government, raccoons. We're all just out here in the world trying to get what we want. You are, too. It's not necessarily a bad thing. It's also not permanent. You can change your agenda at any time. Just don't let anyone convince you to put your agenda aside in place of theirs, even if they claim to have all the answers. Especially if they claim to have all the answers. Ugh. People who claim to have all the answers NEVER have ANY answers. Anyway, thanks for buying this advice book.So, this is an advice book – Karen and Georgia make only a couple of references to murder and serial killers, and only where it ties in to the advice they are giving on how to stay safe (physically and mentally) out in the world. The book is formatted in what they call essays, with each of the authors sharing their spin on catchphrases from the podcast (“Don't Be A Lunatic”; “You're in a Cult, Call Your Dad”; “Stay Out of the Forest”; etc.), and each section ends with one of the authors interviewing the other on the topic. I liked the way this interview ties up each section – not only does it feel more like their conversations in the podcast, but it reinforces the point they make a few times about the importance of asking thoughtful questions of others and really listening to the answers; the importance of having people to share your deepest stuff with, whether it's your clutch of closest friends or a therapist. I do wonder if this book would have wide appeal to a male audience (I know there are male Murderinos), but I reckon it's acknowledged that people can only share from their own experiences. From the section “Buy Your Own Stuff”, Georgia's personal story leads to the statement, “I realized that dudes who talk about their 'crazy ex-girlfriend' are full of shit. What they're really talking about is someone they hurt and didn't leave the way they found.” And in the same section, Karen writes, “Being a thirteen-year-old girl is simply the worst experience you can have in life, including all cancers and bear attacks. It is a daily series of betrayals and base humiliations that you must figure out a way to look cute during.” Either way, I nodded along with those statements. I don't know, if I have to give some sort of advice here to all you sweet baby angels who want more than how you're currently living, I'll say, just remember as long as you're attempting to not be a dick and doing your best to do good things, you're worthy of a good life, one that you're proud of and when you wake up every morning makes you stoked to be yourself. And if you don't wake up stoked to be you, figure out the first step you can take toward that life you want. Once you've taken that first step, then figure out the next step, and so on. It might feel like a long journey (it is), but for me, that was the most important part, because once I got to where I wanted to be, I was confident in my ability to grab that opportunity by the balls and make it my bitch. And, yeah, they write with the same salty language with which they talk – and I'm sure that's expected by their fan base. Overall, I was interested in Karen and Georgia's origin stories and recognise the grit it takes to share these stories with their fans. I totally believe that this is exactly what the fans will want; and I totally believe that the advice will be valuable for many. I'm rounding up because I'm sure the true Muderinos will love this.
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  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    I cannot wait to listen to the audiobook (and buy a finished copies because they weren't many pictures).I've always been a true crime fan, but I kept it on the down low so as not to creep people out. Finding My Favorite Murder podcast was a revelation. In their book, Karen and Georgia open up even more about their lives and their murderino ways. It's so them and so funny and familar that it feels like Karen and Georgia's first lunch together- where you grab food with a new friend and find out yo I cannot wait to listen to the audiobook (and buy a finished copies because they weren't many pictures).I've always been a true crime fan, but I kept it on the down low so as not to creep people out. Finding My Favorite Murder podcast was a revelation. In their book, Karen and Georgia open up even more about their lives and their murderino ways. It's so them and so funny and familar that it feels like Karen and Georgia's first lunch together- where you grab food with a new friend and find out you're actually murderino soulmates.
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  • Katelyn
    January 1, 1970
    OK I WAS NOT READY—don’t misunderstand me; being a listener who frequently back tracks the podcast to hear Karen wake me up to my “sweet angel baby-ness” or Georgia amping me up to assert my own Riot Grrrl Courage, I was puuuuumped for this to come out (and lucky enough to snag an ARC). But less than 12 hours later, I’m ready to read it again... too soon? SSDGM!!!!!!
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  • Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    (⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐- uncorrected partial advance reading copy) (⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️- uncorrected partial advance reading copy)
  • Kate
    January 1, 1970
    This one gave me all the feelings. I laughed. I cried. I feel like Karen and Georgia are my best friends who are also award-winning psychologists with senses of humour of the entire cast of SCTV combined. I'm so glad they wrote this... It's the memoir/humour/self-help book of my dreams. And you really should read it. SSDGM
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  • Georgia
    January 1, 1970
    Ok.... I LOVED this book SO much. I laughed, I shed a tear or two and not to sound CORNY but Georgia and Karen's anecdotes came at exactly the right time. Sooooooo good. I was lucky enough to read an ARC but I'm excited to buy this when it comes out because it is definitely worthy of a re-read
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  • Liz Laurin
    January 1, 1970
    As someone who used to listen religiously and doesn't as much anymore I was worried about whether j would like this or not. Real review to come tomorrow when I have time to write, but I actually loved it.
  • Katelynn
    January 1, 1970
    My advanced reading copy is only a partial version of SSDGM (but it is SIGNED!!! <333), so my rating and full review will follow at a later date! But I'll be first in line to pick it up when it officially comes out. All I can say so far is that a) I wish I could buy all my loved ones a copy, because the advice and kindness written in this book is the kind of advice and kindness I wish I could give them myself, and b) I'm so glad that these two women are as popular as they are and that so many My advanced reading copy is only a partial version of SSDGM (but it is SIGNED!!! <333), so my rating and full review will follow at a later date! But I'll be first in line to pick it up when it officially comes out. All I can say so far is that a) I wish I could buy all my loved ones a copy, because the advice and kindness written in this book is the kind of advice and kindness I wish I could give them myself, and b) I'm so glad that these two women are as popular as they are and that so many people look up to them and will gobble up anything they do. Karen and Georgia's views on mental health, relationships, self-care, feminism, and victimhood and resilience among many other things are just so powerful and positive, and I'm glad so many of us listen to them. Somehow, they have this uncanny ability to make you feel heard, and I think that's really beautiful. I can't wait for it to come out so I can start it over from the beginning and read it all over again.
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  • Cassidy
    January 1, 1970
    This book is exactly what I expected it to be. I’m unsure how “Skippers” will feel because there’s a reason this is shelved as Biography and not True Crime. There is mention of murders, but the essays focus on Karen and Georgia’s childhood and struggles with mental health and addiction and how grateful they are for the community MFM has become. I enjoyed Georgia’s writing more than Karen’s, which I found surprising because I enjoy Karen more on the MFM podcast. Any MFM fan will be thrilled to ge This book is exactly what I expected it to be. I’m unsure how “Skippers” will feel because there’s a reason this is shelved as Biography and not True Crime. There is mention of murders, but the essays focus on Karen and Georgia’s childhood and struggles with mental health and addiction and how grateful they are for the community MFM has become. I enjoyed Georgia’s writing more than Karen’s, which I found surprising because I enjoy Karen more on the MFM podcast. Any MFM fan will be thrilled to get inside information along with photos. Georgia’s end conclusion especially made my heart happy and proud to be a Murderino. Stay sexy, and don’t get murdered!
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  • Tex
    January 1, 1970
    I’ll just start by saying that this review is of an advanced reader’s copy and not even the finished product. (Got that one ordered for its release in May). What I wanted out of this book was to feel the anxiety, the joy, the fear, the “ga fuck yaself” of the voices I love from Karen and Georgia. Got it. It is absolutely their voices and I feel them. There are stories in the book that have not come out in the podcast so you do get to know them more deeply. And love them more fully. It was full o I’ll just start by saying that this review is of an advanced reader’s copy and not even the finished product. (Got that one ordered for its release in May). What I wanted out of this book was to feel the anxiety, the joy, the fear, the “ga fuck yaself” of the voices I love from Karen and Georgia. Got it. It is absolutely their voices and I feel them. There are stories in the book that have not come out in the podcast so you do get to know them more deeply. And love them more fully. It was full of their own history combined somehow with self-help (that I would have NEVER read on my own) which works in the same way the a comedy podcast about murder works—because they remain true to who they are and what they like and what worked for them.
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  • Rachael Fryman
    January 1, 1970
    Fantastic!! While I'm not as excited about the podcast as I used to be I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this duel memoir! The ladies share personal essays that relate to their memorable sayings from MRM and I'm here for it!Six word summary: Look. Listen. They've learned, now share.Loved: The range of the essays and the depth and attention these ladies put into this book.Recommend for: Fans of the podcast and those looking for a funny self-help style collection of ess Fantastic!! While I'm not as excited about the podcast as I used to be I was very pleasantly surprised by how much I enjoyed reading this duel memoir! The ladies share personal essays that relate to their memorable sayings from MRM and I'm here for it!Six word summary: Look. Listen. They've learned, now share.Loved: The range of the essays and the depth and attention these ladies put into this book.Recommend for: Fans of the podcast and those looking for a funny self-help style collection of essays.Reminds me of: Their podcast personalities meets the best kind of self-help book.
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  • Haley Shirley
    January 1, 1970
    I CANNOT FUCKING WAIT FOR THIS TO COME IN THE MAIL. I've heard the spoilers and read the samples and all I can say is that I've had this book preordered since it became available and I'm anxiously awaiting its arrival in the mail.
  • Kim McGee
    January 1, 1970
    Sounds like simple advice but what I found in this clever semi-memoir, semi-advice book is that it doesn't come without some risk.These two clever podcast creators, friends, and partners in crime have survived addiction, family drama and more therapy than most people I know so they know of what they speak. The essays or chapters are irreverent, gutsy and completely unapologetic about giving it to the reader straight. I found myself relating to the chapter on always being polite no matter what th Sounds like simple advice but what I found in this clever semi-memoir, semi-advice book is that it doesn't come without some risk.These two clever podcast creators, friends, and partners in crime have survived addiction, family drama and more therapy than most people I know so they know of what they speak. The essays or chapters are irreverent, gutsy and completely unapologetic about giving it to the reader straight. I found myself relating to the chapter on always being polite no matter what the situation and why that is a stupid idea and thinking heck, yes! This funny, brutally honest feminista memoir should be placed in the hands of every young woman. My thanks to the publisher for the advance copy.
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  • Fanna
    January 1, 1970
    || True Crime stories|| Self-advocate and value personal safety|| Cultural & societal issues LISTS OR POSTS I'VE MENTIONED THIS BOOK IN8 MOST ANTICIPATED NON-FICTION BOOKS RELEASING IN 2019 || HELP YOURSELF & LEARN THROUGH THESE BOOKSBlog/Website | Twitter | Tumblr | Instagram |
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  • Ada
    January 1, 1970
    I read a copy of the unfinished ARC that was missing about five or six sections. However, even reading an unfinished copy these broads just get it. It's definitely the first self help book where I could relate on most if not all the levels. I loved it and I hope they write more. In the meantime, I'll just have to keep getting my f bomb fixes on their podcast.
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  • Kelsey
    January 1, 1970
    So I'm saying I finished this, but really I only finished the partial ARC I was able to acquire at TLA. However, what I got to read was hilarious, and I'm looking forward to finishing it for real when the full book is released.
  • Sara
    January 1, 1970
    HAVE YOU EVER NEEDED A BOOK SO BADLY THAT YOU'VE FELT THE URGE TO SCREAM JUST THAT IN YOUR QUIET OFFICE
  • Alix
    January 1, 1970
    Review to come!
  • Ashley
    January 1, 1970
    1/12/19 -- review through fifth chapter as that what my sampler has. This book reminded me why I got into My Favorite Murder. It reminded me why I found the show so enjoyable to a point. For various reasons, that aren't important to anyone but myself, I stopped listening, and this honestly reminded me maybe it's time to go back. It did also raise parts of my anxiety due to chapters or portions I related to: mistakes I made, things I can work on, etc. It very much felt like a book written by two 1/12/19 -- review through fifth chapter as that what my sampler has. This book reminded me why I got into My Favorite Murder. It reminded me why I found the show so enjoyable to a point. For various reasons, that aren't important to anyone but myself, I stopped listening, and this honestly reminded me maybe it's time to go back. It did also raise parts of my anxiety due to chapters or portions I related to: mistakes I made, things I can work on, etc. It very much felt like a book written by two old friends.
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  • Woody Chichester
    January 1, 1970
    Glad I got this preview ARC, and now i'm ready for the rest of the book. Love this mix of memoir/self help. The writing is as funny and real as the podcast, and I couldn't help hearing what I as reading in Karen and Georgia's voices.
  • Jessica Doyle
    January 1, 1970
    I devoured this one. Let me start by saying that, prior to reading this book, I had no idea who these ladies were. I only knew that everyone I work with loves them. I wasn't sure if I should pick up this book, never having listened to the My Favourite Murder podcast, but boy am I glad I did. It was flat out fantastic. Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered was hilarious, honest, whitty and, at times, surprisingly emotional. I feel like I now know Karen and Georgia on a very personal level. So, overa I devoured this one. Let me start by saying that, prior to reading this book, I had no idea who these ladies were. I only knew that everyone I work with loves them. I wasn't sure if I should pick up this book, never having listened to the My Favourite Murder podcast, but boy am I glad I did. It was flat out fantastic. Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered was hilarious, honest, whitty and, at times, surprisingly emotional. I feel like I now know Karen and Georgia on a very personal level. So, overall takeaway of this review - you don't need to know a darn thing about Karen and Georgia to completely and totally love this book. Go read it. Now. 👍👌Excuse me while I go and download every single My Favourite Murder podcast. I need these two in my life on the regular.
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  • Alicia
    January 1, 1970
    I don’t like the cover at all 😬 too many fonts, nothing pulls my focus, it’s basic and looks like graphic design 101 😬😬😬 the book title font is too thin, the color and font for the authors’ names are atrocious ... mess all around.
  • Ali
    January 1, 1970
    I have been dying for this book, since I first heard it was a possibility, and as soon as I saw (from Friday night (the first night of ALAMW- Librarians first) that it was at ALAMW19. It was my first book mission to get. I basically ran to find the Tor booths to try and convince them that I should have the book. Anyway, I was able to get the book and sadly it was only the PARTIAL (or like a long sampler) of what was to come in the full finished book. I did love what I read of this brief glimpse I have been dying for this book, since I first heard it was a possibility, and as soon as I saw (from Friday night (the first night of ALAMW- Librarians first) that it was at ALAMW19. It was my first book mission to get. I basically ran to find the Tor booths to try and convince them that I should have the book. Anyway, I was able to get the book and sadly it was only the PARTIAL (or like a long sampler) of what was to come in the full finished book. I did love what I read of this brief glimpse into the fabulous strong women behind the my favorite podcast (which is cray famous now) My Favorite Murder. Again, I would like to say that this is not a full review of the book, because I did not read the full book. Only the sampler of five chapters with lots of gaps and with many more chapters to come in the finished copy of the book.Okay, onto my half review of MFM (My Favorite Murder), the chapter titles are pretty much one of my top favorite things so far in reading this. All chapter titles are the most icon and beloved quotes from the podcast, and I cannot wait to see what the other chapter titles are!Though this book is not all about the podcast, or true crime, but about the women behind it- Karen Kilgariff, Georgia Hardstark. And about the things in their own life that brought them together and their love of true crime. Anyway, Georgia was talking about her father and how she had made him cry, which caused her to cry and feel the worst and try and do better. I thought this was very sweet along with the circumstances surrounding it. On the other hand Karen was talking about some of the coolest stories involving her mom who was a nurse. She talks about this in the podcast too, but this particular story in the beginning of the book is pretty much the best. There was one particular section of the book that I completely loved beyond all other parts so far, a story about Georgia Hardstark meeting Ray Bradbury. It is the coolest thing! And I loved all the Bradbury quotes included, which I've put them all below in this review because they are great and I can do what I want with my review (lol). If you want to skip down, the rest of the review is below!All you had to do was pull a book from the shelf and open it and suddenly the darkness was not so dark anymore.-Farewell SummerThe first thing you learn in life is you're a fool. The last thing you learn in life is you're the same fool.-Dandelion WineThe magic is only in what books say, how they stitched the patches of the universe together into one garment for us.-Fahrenheit 451Sometimes you just have to jump out the window and grow wings on the way down.-Ray BradburyYou must stay drunk on writing so reality cannot destroy you.-Zen in the Art of WritingWe are cups, constantly and quietly being filled. The trick is, knowing how to tip ourselves over and let the beautiful stuff out.-Ray BradburyThere is also some pretty cool photos of both women growing up and going through the good and bad of their lives, these are paired with some of the most heart wrenching stories of addiction and other adolescence and hardships they faced to reach where they are now.   Also, the last little thing I'm going to say is that I love that their most famous quote and tagline is the title of the book! Stay Sexy, & Don't Get Murdered!Favorite quote(s):STOP TALKING ABOUT HIM! IT'S NOT REAL! IT'S NOT HAPPENING! HE DOESN'T LIKE YOU! LET IT GO!Not exactly standard "church" stuff. it was dark and bizarre, I was positive I was going to join at any moment. It just seemed like something I would do.Trying to explain my rad social life to this high and mighty pilgrim doctor. Oh, I'm sorry Pa Ingalls! Are you scared of partying? Is that why you always got your homework done and became a doctor like a little bitch?I'm talking about real friends. Most people have one t five. Any more is too many. The inner circle needs to be small. You can still have all your acquaintances. They belong in the outer circle.(Is scathed a word by itself? If it is, I like it. It sounds like it burns) You get scathed with loneliness.Take enough speed to have the devil in youPoint being, you don't have to bound into every situation ready to kick ass, you just have to show up, and once you're there, you might as well do your best. But fuck it all if you think I'm not taking a nap afterward.An incomplete list of the very important and necessary things I stole using my accomplice, the jacket.-the dignity of the security guard who Whitney Taylor and I outran at Targetwhen we finally show up- twenty minutes late minimum, which my mom simply referred to as "Jewish standard time"- whatever we were arriving for would've inevitably already started.Make a list of things you're proud of. Continually try to add items to the list.The top three swears and how to use them3- Cunt: Well,well,well. Look who we have here. The word that dare not speak its name. The Voldemort of swears.
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  • Carin
    January 1, 1970
    Have you ever heard the phrase: "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning"? Well this book is the embodiment of that aphorism. Karen and Georgia have gotten quite famous from their podcast, My Favorite Murder. But this book isn't about murders (mostly.) It's a memoir and advice book. Which also means if you're not familiar with the podcast, that's fine.A joint memoir is unusual, and so they've structured it differently. They've picked some of their favorite Have you ever heard the phrase: "If you can't be a good example, then you'll just have to be a horrible warning"? Well this book is the embodiment of that aphorism. Karen and Georgia have gotten quite famous from their podcast, My Favorite Murder. But this book isn't about murders (mostly.) It's a memoir and advice book. Which also means if you're not familiar with the podcast, that's fine.A joint memoir is unusual, and so they've structured it differently. They've picked some of their favorite pieces of advice and each told a story related to why that's a life suggestion they push. And the two of them, Georgia in particular, have some less-than-good stories in their pasts. Between drugs, eating disorders, and just plain old bad decisions, they've made a lot of mistakes so you don't have to. Along the way, they're really funny, but also really open and honest about their lives. At the end of several of the chapters, Georgia asks Karen some questions about the topic, and there are occasional sidebars. Even while talking about harrowing events, they keep the humor dialed in. Which is what they're famous for. On their podcast they talk about death and murder and rape, but they do it in a way that is simultaneously respectful and filled with fun (mostly that's the part of the podcast before they specifically start talking about murders but not exclusively.)If you're a fan, you must read this. But if you want to hear about growing up in the '70s and '80s in California, about the entertainment industry (sadly, no name dropping), and about two women who went through some shit and came out the other side, this is a great and fun book for that. Heck, it would even make a good graduation gift! For your gothier young women.
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  • Shan
    January 1, 1970
    So I have this co-worker (who shall remain nameless but she knows who she is) who it seems to me is pretty obsessed with My Favourite Murder and likes to tell me stories from the podcast and I've always just pretended to listen to her with interest because true crime is not really my thing and I've always slightly worried about how much she is in to true crime. And since listening to her talk about it was never really my thing I wasn't sure how much I was going to like this book. Turns out, I li So I have this co-worker (who shall remain nameless but she knows who she is) who it seems to me is pretty obsessed with My Favourite Murder and likes to tell me stories from the podcast and I've always just pretended to listen to her with interest because true crime is not really my thing and I've always slightly worried about how much she is in to true crime. And since listening to her talk about it was never really my thing I wasn't sure how much I was going to like this book. Turns out, I liked it a lot. I figured it was just going to be the podcast in book form but it's more about their lives and the lessons learned along the way and as someone who grew up in the same generation as them, there was a lot I could relate to. And of course there were a lot of laughs along the way since they are both very funny women.The book was almost so good that I was going to start listening to the podcast but then my anxiety reminded me that it's the reason why I avoid true crime. So I'll stick to really liking the book.Cue a response from Vic:
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