LITERATURE

A Field Guide to Awkward Silences

NAL. Jun. 2015. 320p. ISBN 9780451469601. $25.95; ebk. ISBN 9780698155527. MEMOIR
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Petri is a Washington Post columnist, O. Henry Pun-Off World Champion, and an America's Next Top Model reject. Whether attending a Star Wars convention dressed as Jabba the Hut, running a dog agility course in honor of a fictional dead dog, or competing in a whistling competition, she likes to do things for the story, and this book is full of hilarious tales. Told in short, highly consumable chapters, this memoir will make readers laugh out loud on public transportation.
VERDICT Petri is willing to put herself in the middle of hilariously awkward situations with no fear of looking stupid. Readers will delight in accompanying her on the ride.

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