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Publisher's Summary

"Magnificent." (People Magazine)

The instant New York Times best seller: 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.

©2021 Casey Wilson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Loved this

I had no expectations and knowledge of Casey but I felt like I was listening to a best friend - we were the same in so many ways - read it enjoy - it's well worth it -

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Funny, touching and memorable

I loved Casey's unique way of weaving these essays together.Building each character susinctly and objectively.

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A wonderful listen.

This was everything that I hoped it would be. Casey writes with such clarity and hilarity mixed with honest self conversation and awareness. This was amazing!

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Brilliant.

Casey Wilson is absolutely hilarious. Cannot recommend enough - finished in one day without even realising!

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loved it

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a very easy listen, casey is entertaining, hilarious & down to earth.

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So good

I absolutely loved this book and even more having Casey narrate it. Relatable and funny.

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  • Natalie Phillips
  • 04-05-2021

Laugh out loud funny

I’ve been listening to Casey for years on Bitch Sesssh and have been anticipating the release of this book. She has not disappointed! Wow! Laughing out loud. So grateful Casey did her own audiobook - could listen to her for hours which I am currently doing!

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  • Leslie Francis
  • 14-05-2021

Would have been 5 stars without the political commentary

Incredibly entertaining and perfectly narrated by the author. Would have been 5 stars if she had resisted the compulsory Trump bashing that is required of everyone in Hollywood

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  • Tesa Fisher
  • 18-05-2021

it's ok

I found some of this book annoying...kind of like listening to the Kardashian's talk...mostly vapid & annoying. I was hoping this book would get better but sadly, it was just ok. There were a few moments that were likable- when she talks about her children, husband & family but the rest just seemed self-serving & an opportunity to name drop. The worst part of this book is the baby talk part at the beginning...ugh. painful to listen to.

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  • Katie F.
  • 12-05-2021

Near perfect

I’ve never written a review for a book before but felt compelled. This book might possibly be the most perfect blend of funny, heartfelt, engaging and endearing. I laughed out loud and teared up. All the feels! I was already a Casey Wilson fan to begin with, but I am even more so now.

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  • Dawn Murphy
  • 27-06-2021

New Favorite Book!!

What a refreshing upbeat tongue in cheek honest and open book!! So relatable!! Casey is very brave to put her deepest and darkest secrets out there! Thanks for cluing me in about overeaters anonymous because I’m not that fat……but wow do the whys resonate and I am 54….I will also stop responding to text messages with “ok” and “k” immediately!!

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  • Marisa L. Grover
  • 26-06-2021

Better person for having read this

This is touching, hysterical and unforgettable. Read this book / listen to this audio. It will stay with you.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 23-06-2021

I am on my third listen

Truly a fantastic book. Love hearing the author tell it in her own voice. Only thing I want to listen to right now.

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  • Laura Okruhlik
  • 23-06-2021

Highly relatable

I think most women in their 30s will feel the same way. Funny and worth the listen!

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  • Florida Vibes
  • 11-06-2021

Absolutely loved!

It was vulnerable and honest and real. Casey went there in terms of her mother, her son, her career. Thank you for the vulnerability and truth.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 20-09-2021

A Delight

I loved this audiobook - what a sparkling, delightful voice and the stories/essays were equal parts fun, funny, candid, and revealing. CW's delivery was utterly charming (and her comic timing of course impeccable) -- and this book has solidified my girl crush on her.

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  • elizabeth
  • 25-08-2021

Hilarious and moving

I love this - I've listened to a few essay collections recently and this is by far my favourite (found Rachel Bloom's very hit and miss). She's incredibly likeable (although I did find the text exchange with her husband chapter a bit grating) but I really enjoyed the rest of the book. I was genuinely moved at points and laughed out loud several times.

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  • Louise d
  • 20-06-2021

fantastic

love her. love her reading it. love the essays. love the range of emotions
love it

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  • miss
  • 15-06-2021

Everything you want it to be and more

This book feels like an old friend chatting to you about their life, smart, hilarious, touching and real, you don’t need to be a fan of Casey’s to fall in love with these wonderful essays. (But it helps!) Loved it.

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  • Nakerva
  • 15-06-2021

Funny and poignant

I love Casey Rose Wilson and after listening to this book, I love her even more. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  • C. F.
  • 04-06-2021

Sweet and witty

Lovely, funny but also sad, as life is if we could all break life moments into essays to help us figure it out. Really liked it. The narration is so good, feels like a chatting with a friend who is candid and unapologetically herself! <3

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  • aimee paton
  • 27-05-2021

Loved it.

I didn’t want it to end!! Absolutely brilliant book. So honest and reassuring. Want more.

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  • Robyn Quinn
  • 11-05-2021

Brilliant, Amazing, Wonderful!

I went into this expecting funny and ended up getting everything. It’s hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting and just honestly an amazing book.

Thank you Casey for writing this ❤️

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