"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 Wreckage of My Presence is proof that just because a book is breezy and fun doesn’t mean it can’t be wickedly smart too.
Great stories. Needed photos!
Casey, Casey, Casey,
Lovely book! I felt all the emotions. Boy I wish you had placed some old photos to go along with your stories. I would have loved to seen some photos of your past.
The chapter about Afrin had me hysterically laughing and the chapter a about the yellow butterfly ( which I have experienced) touched my heart. It’s a lovely gem of a book.
I just loved this book
It’s fun and funny and sad and meaningful. I didn’t even know who Casey was before I read the book and still just loved it!