It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me
By Ariel Leve
(Harper Perennial, Paperback, 9780061864599, 304pp.)
Publication Date: April 2010
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Meet Ariel. Her glass is half empty . . . and leaking.
If someone tells her everything will be okay, she asks: How do you know? If there's a wrong thing to say, she'll say it. If there's a downside to see, she'll see it. She lives in a permanent fear of what's to come. But at least she's prepared.
In these witty and entertaining tales from the front lines of woe, Ariel highlights the humor in our everyday anxieties and delivers insight that will ring hilariously true if you are inclined to view the world through gray-tinted glasses.
So whether you've been dumped by the love of your life, lost your job to the guy in the cubicle next to you, said the wrong thing at the party, or weren't invited to the party at all, Ariel is here to remind you that it could be worse, you could be her.
Ariel Leve is an award-winning journalist and columnist with The Sunday Times Magazine. She has written for The Guardian, Vogue (UK), Granta.com, Esquire (UK), the New York Observer, and other publications. She is based in New York and London. For as long as she can remember, she has been worrying.
“Ariel Leve is brilliant and funny and the only other person I know without an oven. Buy this book and keep it close.”
“A funny, smart, delightfully cranky book about everything from Facebook to dating to Angelina Jolie’s dinner conversation. If Fran Leibowitz didn’t have her famed case of writer’s block, The Cassandra Chronicles is the kind of book she might publish.”
“Ariel Leve is the love child of David Sedaris and Fran Leibowitz. An original and funny voice…The flip side of Sex and The City. Insightful and sharp—this is a very funny book written by a woman who knows how to laugh at herself and her insecurities.”
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