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 s**t so you can pay your bills and have friends.” —Rolling Stone
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APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
If you haven’t listened to the My Favorite Murder podcast yet, you’re missing out. It’s more than true crime—it’s an empowering guide to facing down your worst fears. With Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Hosts Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark go one step further down the self-empowerment path, using fan-favorite catchphrases from the show (e.g. “You’re in a cult, call your dad,”) as starting points for honest conversations about mental health, self-care, and personal safety. Each chapter ends with an extended back-and-forth conversation that’s as vulnerable, fearless, and hilariously foulmouthed as the two friends’ podcast banter.
The genres of true crime and self-help might seem like odd bedfellows, but Kilgariff and Hardstark, hosts of the humorous podcast My Favorite Murder, create a winningly quirky amalgamation of the two. Alternating chapters and writing in a conversational style that mimics their on-air banter, the authors reflect on their upbringings, turbulent adolescences, and how they've navigated their careers and relationship struggles. Hardstark describes how her early riot grrrl persona belied a deep vulnerability, recounting how the flattery of a stranger once led her to a "secluded mountaintop with a grown man I hardly knew," a circumstance not unlike those innocently entered into by countless female victims. With humor and poignancy, Kilgariff relays her experiences with substance abuse, self-sabotage, and recovery. The authors advise readers to eschew the myth of perfection and the reverence for politeness, in favor of dignity, agency, and self-preservation. Fans of the podcast and those who recognize that it's as much about the cases discussed as the lives of the hosts will be particularly engaged by this candid, personable dual memoir.
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From the moment I read the first page, I was hooked. Best book I’ve read in a very long time!
Just as you mention all of your “ah hah!” therapy moments, I found moments like that, myself, in this book. This shed so much light on why I am the way I am. I love that I can relate to this book so much, as I’ve faced many similar struggles to yours. I will never forget the bit about 13 year olds, and how so much of our brain can be completely ruined at that age. It truly started for me at 13 too.
Thank you for your late nights, your anxiety, and your perseverance in writing this book.
Better than I could’ve ever hoped! If you’re a Murderino, this book is a must.