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Stay sexy & don't get murdered : the definitive how-to guide : a dual memoir
2019
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The instant #1 New York Times and USA Today best seller by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the 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.

"In many respects, Stay Sexy & Don't Get Murdered distills the My Favorite Murder podcast into its most essential elements: Georgia and Karen. They lay themselves bare on the page, in all of their neuroses, triumphs, failures, and struggles. From eating disorders to substance abuse and kleptomania to the wonders of therapy, Kilgariff and Hardstark recount their lives with honesty, humor, and compassion, offering their best unqualified life-advice along the way." -- Entertainment Weekly

"Like the podcast, the book offers funny, feminist advice for survival--both in the sense of not getting killed and just, like, getting a job and working through your personal shit so you can pay your bills and have friends." -- Rolling Stone

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Kilgariff and Hardstark, hosts of the true-crime comedy podcast My Favorite Murder, first bonded over a shared love of murder and self-help guru Brené Brown-inspired vulnerability. Their joint memoir leans more toward the latter, but, as fans of the podcast know, the two topics are inseparable, united by a fascination with human behavior. Framed by maxims learned while talking about horrific crimes (like Fuck Politeness, You're in a Cult, Call Your Dad, and Stay out of the Forest ), the essays are about misspent youth, self-esteem, self-care, and generally how to live in this shitty world. As on their podcast, the authors' two distinct voices Kilgariff's acerbic wit and Hardstark's earnestness come across vividly and perfectly complement each other. Standout essays include Georgia Gets Her Nipple Pierced for All the Right Reasons, in which she learns the life-saving value of reading, and Karen's Step-by-Step Guide on How to Be a Latchkey Kid, which captures the joy and horror of being home alone with just your older sister. But there is not a dud in the collection, and readers will be left feeling like they just had a kiki with two very funny, if slightly obsessed, friends.HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: My Favorite Murder is consistently on iTunes' Top 10 Comedy Podcast charts, and their huge audience will be eagerly awaiting this book.--Susan Maguire Copyright 2019 Booklist
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Table of Contents
Let's Sit Crooked & Talk Straight: Karen's Introductionp. 17
1Fuck Politenessp. 27
Georgia's Take on Red Flags and Riot Grrrl Courage Karen's Guide to Prioritizing Your Own Agenda
2Sweet Baby Angelp. 65
Karen's Lecture on Self-Care Georgia Gets Her Nipple Pierced for All the Right Reasons
3You're in a Cult, Call Your Dadp. 97
Karen on How to Not Drink the Kool-Aid Even When You're Spiritually Parched Georgia on Kleptomania and Calling Your Dad
4Send 'Em Backp. 125
Georgia on Car Crashes and Meeting Karen Karen's Step-by-Step Guide on How to Be a Latchkey Kid
5Don't be a Fucking Lunaticp. 155
Karen's Plan for When the Party's Finally Over Georgia's Top Ten "Holy Shit!" Moments in Therapy
6Get a Jobp. 195
Karen's Dos and Don'ts Guide to Becoming Employee of the Month Georgia on Working for the Weekend and Also Free Snacks
7Buy Your Own Shitp. 221
Georgia Demonstrates the Zen in the Art of Being a Crazy Ex-Girlfriend Karen's Advice on How Not to Be Thirteen Forever
8Stay Out of the Forestp. 253
Georgia Loses Her Brother but Finds Herself Karen's Lessons from Listeners and Canadian Aldermen
Fuckin' Hooray!: Georgia's Conclusionp. 287
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