Cool, Calm, and Contentious

By Merrill Markoe
(Villard Books, Paperback, 9780345518927, 287pp.)

Publication Date: August 7, 2012

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"This is so well written. When a book like this] comes along, it's, like, 'Thank you ' What a great way to spend an afternoon, an evening, reading these essays. . . . Absolutely great."--Jon Stewart
" Merrill] Markoe is easily as funny as David Sedaris. She's capable of manic riffs and acerbic skewering. Still, her good nature shines through.""--The Washington Post"
In this hilarious collection of candid essays, including two pieces new to this edition, "New York Times" bestselling author Merrill Markoe reveals much about her personal life--as well as the secret formula for comedy: Start out with a difficult mother, develop some classic teenage insecurities, add a few relationships with narcissistic men, toss in an unruly pack of selfish dogs, finish it off with the kind of crystalline perspective that only comes from years of navigating a roiling sea of unpleasant and unappeasable people, and--voilA--you're funny "Cool, Calm & Contentious" is honest, unapologetic, sometimes heartbreaking, but always shot through with Merrill Markoe's biting, bracing wit.
"This has been a great year for funny women. . . . Let's call Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling exhibits A and B. Both owe a debt to those who came before, including Merrill Markoe."--"The Boston Globe"
"Markoe's goal is to find the absurdity in everyday life. That, coupled with her sharp wit, makes her writing sublime."--"BookPage"
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"Laugh-out-loud humor.""--Tampa Bay Times"
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"Not only crazy-funny, but crazy-heartbreaking.""--The New York Times.

About the Author
Merrill Markoe has won a number of Emmy Awards for her comedy writing on "Late Night with David Letterman", and she is the author of "It's My F ing Birthday" and "What the Dogs Have Taught Me".
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