MEMOIR
Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered: The Definitive How-To Guide
Forge. May 2019. 304p. ISBN 9781250178954. $24.99; ebk. ISBN 9781250260741. MEMOIR
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Every week, hordes of listeners download the “true crime comedy” podcast My Favorite Murder to listen to Kilgariff and Hardstark talk about yoga, their pets, what’s on TV, ’90s fashion, and grisly crimes. While the broadcasts often mention or allude to difficult situations in the hosts’ pasts (drug abuse, eating disorders, dropping out of college, a family member’s extended illness), in this dual memoir they dive deep into those topics and mistakes they’ve made, such as going off alone with a strange man for a “photo shoot,” and the lessons they’ve learned as a result. They write about the importance of cultivating a core group of close friends, trusting your gut, and going to therapy. True crime aficionados looking for in-depth discussions of violent acts will be disappointed, but fans of the podcast will rejoice to gain a deeper understanding of what makes Kilgariff and Hardstark tick.
VERDICT Expect high demand from podcast fans, but also recommend to readers of Jenny Lawson, Cheryl Strayed, and Issa Rae. Crossover potential for older teens

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