Disaster Preparedness: A Memoir

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This is a stunningly perceptive, hilarious memoir of the transformative humiliation of childhood -- and adulthood -- from a truly original, already beloved voice.

When Heather Havrilesky was a kid in the seventies, it seemed there were only disaster movies. Burning towers, devouring earthquakes, careening airliners, alien pod invasions. To be prepared, she and her siblings fabricated elaborate plans to escape any and every emergency. But what began merely as a childhood game grew into a way of life where something shocking lurked around every corner.

A brave and hilarious memoir, Disaster Preparedness charts how the most painful moments in Havrilesky's life prepared her for a cautious but honest adulthood. From her naive take on her parents' D-I-V-O-R-C-E, to losing her virginity in less than ideal circumstances, to losing her father way before she was ready, in chapter after chapter Havrilesky peels back the layers of her childhood innocence and reveals the wounds that have shaped her, the lessons that have -- despite her thickheadedness -- managed to sink in, and the laughter that has carried her through.

By laying bare her bumps and bruises, Havrilesky offers hope that anyone can create a frazzled and unruly, desperate and wistful, fabulously frayed-at-the-edges plan to stare disaster in the face, to meet it head-on. Uproarious, sophisticated, and wise, Disaster Preparedness is a field guide to personal disasters from an irresistible voice that gets to the heart of it all.

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HEATHER HAVRILESKY grew up in Durham, North Carolina. After graduating from Duke University, she moved to San Francisco, where, in 1996, she co-created the weekly column ''Filler'' with illustrator Terry Colon for Suck.com, one of the first daily sites on the Web. ''Filler'' ran for five years and was Suck.com's most popular feature. In 2001, she created the Rabbit Blog. Her work has appeared in Spin, New York, the Los Angeles Times, the Washington Post, BookForum, and on NPR's All Things Considered. In 2003, she joined the staff of Salon.com as television critic. She lives with her family in Los Angeles.

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A product of growing up in the destabilizing 1970s in Durham, N.C., journalist Havrilesky (Salon.com) has fashioned a series of funny, offbeat, girl-friendly essays that treat some of the iconoclasm of that era, namely the rupture of divorce, the failure of religion, and the supremacy of consumerism. The youngest of three, the author became aware early on that her parents did not get along, yet she also learned from seemingly normal (but suicidal) friends that life wasn't greener on the other side. Her mother evolved from being a faculty wife to getting a full-time job, while her father, a professor, enjoyed "a rotating cast of younger girlfriends" in his condo across town. The divorce of her parents (her mother first moved out for a spell to live in a rented apartment by herself)--made the siblings realize that nothing that adults told them from then on could be trusted. Moreover, Havrilesky's father died suddenly of a heart attack at age 56, leaving her wondering whether she had ever really known him. Havrilesky's winning essays venture into the perils of socialization and dating, always keeping a light, self-deprecating tone that attains at moments a wonderfully humane sagacity. (Jan.)
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