"Magnificent." —People Magazine
The instant New York Times bestseller: Laugh-out-loud, deeply insightful, and emotion-filled essays from multitalented actress, comedian, podcaster, and writer Casey Wilson.
Casey Wilson has a lot on her mind and she isn’t afraid to share. In this dazzling collection, each essay skillfully constructed and brimming with emotion, she shares her thoughts on the joys and vagaries of modern-day womanhood and motherhood, introduces the not-quite-typical family that made her who she is, and persuasively argues that lowbrow pop culture is the perfect lens through which to examine human nature.
Whether she’s extolling the virtues of eating in bed, processing the humiliation over her father’s late in life perm, mourning her mother's passing, or revealing her patented method for keeping the mystery alive in a marriage, Casey is witty, candid, and full of poignant and funny surprises. Humorous dives into her obsessions and areas of personal expertise—self-help, nice guys, cool girls (not her) and how to receive visitors in the bath—are matched by touching meditations on female friendship, anger, grief, motherhood, and identity.
Reading The Wreckage of My Presence is like spending time with a close friend—a deeply passionate, full-tilt, joyous, excessive, compulsive, shameless, hungry-for-it-all, loyal, cheerleading friend. A friend who is ready for any big feelings that come her way—and isn’t afraid to embrace them.
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
Actress, screenwriter, podcaster, and all-around comic genius Casey Wilson gets insightful and hilarious in this collection of uproarious essays. A Saturday Night Live veteran who became a breakout star on the cult-favorite sitcom Happy Endings, Wilson brings the same brilliant but relatable perspective that defines her screen work to her writing. From the joy of eating in bed to the stranger who insisted on singing at her father’s funeral, from a spin class that might have been a cult to the substantial importance she places on the Real Housewives franchise, Wilson’s pieces are surprising, bizarre, and always funny. The audiobook is a special treat, since her reading shows off her impeccable comedic timing. The Wreckage of My Presence is proof that just because an audiobook is breezy and fun doesn’t mean it can’t be wickedly smart too.
The best of its kind
My favorite celebrity memoir EVER. What a gorgeous book!! Loved every second & the audio version was lovely .
Perfection on the pages
The perfect amount of self deprecating and confidence boost we all need today! Casey Wilson is hilarious and Midwest real with sprinkles of LA new age weird - wonderfully whimsy.
Reads to fast
The author reads WAY too fast- ruins the words that she so lovingly wrote- I couldn’t listen longer than 10 minutes at a time. Next time I’ll go book form for her material.