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When You Find Out the World is Against You

And Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments

About the Book

The bestselling author of #1 Canadian and 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 led 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 with going to camp as an eleven-year-old 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 for 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.


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Critical Praise

“Kelly Oxford’s writing is hilarious and fearless. She’s the badass Canadian sister I never had.” —Mindy Kaling

“Two things I’m grateful for: how imperfect Kelly Oxford is at life and decision-making, and how terrific she is at writing about what a goddamn mess she is.” —Patton Oswalt

“Kelly Oxford is a beautiful writer. She finds beauty in the mundane and humor in everyday eccentricities. She is our present-day, funny Joan Didion.” —Gia Coppola

““Kelly is part geek, part freak. When You Find Out the World Is Against You shows us ourselves: our sensitivities, our awkward moments, our strange desires. She takes us through summer camp, dating, rape culture, Trump, death. . . . Kelly Oxford c’est moi.” —James Franco

“Kelly Oxford’s concise, whip-smart observations feel eerily universal. When You Find Out the World Is Against You shows that there is something to be learned from even the most absurd or devastating moments of life.” —Jill Soloway

“Kelly Oxford is the friend we all deserve-the one who tells us the best secrets, takes us on all the finest adventures, and remembers every hilariously embarrassing detail. Everything Is Perfect is sharply funny, and truly great.” —Cameron Crowe

“Kelly Oxford is one of the funniest writers I have read in a long time.” —Jason Segel

“Kelly Oxford is like your cool babysitter who teaches you about sex and sarcasm in an un-creepy way. Hanging out with her book makes you wish your parents were always out to dinner.” —Lena Dunham

“Kelly Oxford has this unbelievable ability to tell stories in a way that makes you laugh without ever shoving jokes in your face.” —Justin Halpern, author of Sh*t My Dad Says

“[One of] the funniest people on Twitter.” —Rolling Stone

“Kelly Oxford has the winning voice of a straight-talking, hilarious best friend.” —Hello! Canada

“A funny, fantastic writer.” —National Post

“One of the funniest voices ever to hit the Internet.” —NPR

“Oxford’s writing is marked with the same wry voice that’s made her a social media sensation.” —Los Angeles Times

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9781443432436
  • ISBN 10: 1443432431
  • Imprint: Collins
  • On Sale: 04/18/2017
  • Pages: 320
  • List Price: 29.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: HUMOR / General

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