Friday, August 16, 2019 - 6:30pm
2421 Bissonnet St.
Houston, TX 77005

Jia Tolentino will be in conversation with Sarah Hepola.

"It's easy to write about things as you wish they were—or as others tell you they must be. It's much harder to think for yourself, with the minimum of self-delusion. It's even harder to achieve at a moment like this, when our thoughts are subject to unprecedented manipulation, monetization and surveillance. Yet Tolentino has managed to tell many inconvenient truths in TRICK MIRROR— and in enviable style. This is a whip-smart, challenging book that will prompt many of us to take a long, hard look in the mirror. It filled me with hope." —Zadie Smith

TRICK MIRROR is an enlightening, unforgettable trip through the river of self-delusion that surges just beneath the surface of our lives. This is a book about the incentives that shape us, and about how hard it is to see ourselves clearly through a culture that revolves around the self. In each essay, Tolentino writes about a cultural prism: the rise of the nightmare social internet; the advent of scamming as the definitive millennial ethos; the literary heroine’s journey from brave to blank to bitter; the punitive dream of optimization, which insists that everything, including our bodies, should become more efficient and beautiful until we die.

Jia Tolentino is a staff writer at The New Yorker. Raised in Texas, she studied at the University of Virginia before serving in Kyrgyzstan in the Peace Corps and receiving her MFA in fiction from the University of Michigan. She was a contributing editor at The Hairpin and the deputy editor at Jezebel, and her work has appeared in The New York Times, The New York Times Magazine, Time, Grantland, Slate, Bon Apetit, SPIN, Pitchfork, and FADER. She lives in Brooklyn.

Sarah Hepola is the author of the New York Times bestselling memoir, "Blackout: Remembering the Things I Drank to Forget." Her essays on culture, drinking, and human relationships have been published by The GuardianTexas MonthlyMen's HealthThe New York TimesBuzzfeedSlate, and Salon, where she oversaw the personal essays section for many years. She is currently at work on her next book, "Unattached," a memoir about the joy and grief of dating and singlehood.

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ISBN: 9780525510543
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Published: Random House - August 6th, 2019