Literally Me

Julie Houts (Author)

Product Details

Gallery Books
Publish Date
February 05, 2019
7.3 X 0.8 X 8.8 inches | 1.35 pounds
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About the Author

Julie Houts is an illustrator and former womenswear designer at J. Crew. She was raised in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and St. Louis, Missouri, before studying at The School of the Art Institute of Chicago and Parsons School of Design in New York. Her work has been featured in Vogue, Nylon, Man Repeller, Stylebop, Huffington Post, and Refinery29. She lives in Brooklyn. Visit her website


"I loved Literally Me. Julie Houts is the satirist we've been waiting for. She deconstructs what it means to be a woman today with dark absurdist humor drawn to perfection. Brilliant."
--Stephanie Danler, author of Sweetbitter
"Houts' Instagram does what all great art does: It makes us feel seen. And, in this case, drawn. There's something about seeing your own somewhat private impulses shown back to you. 'Holy crap, ' you think. 'I thought I was the only one.'"
"[Houts] has gained quite a following on Instagram thanks in part to her witty, all-too-real takes on modern work life (oh, joy, another depressing desk salad for lunch!) and modern love."
--Huffington Post
"Houts skewers high fashion, the wedding-industrial complex, Instagram fame, and more. . . .This is truly funny work, but there is a darkness underneath . . . Houts's pithiness has earned her hundreds of thousands of Instagram followers, and it is on full display here."
--Publishers Weekly (starred review)
"[Houts] perfectly captures what it's like to be a woman in 2017."
"Literally Me satirizes the fashion world's social mores, the trials and tribulations of dating, and ridiculous ways some brands market to women. Houts's accompanying essays echo the sharp, absurdist tones in her artwork."
--The Cut
"Delightfully absurdist."
--Women's Wear Daily
"If you've got a smart, funny, slightly strange lady in your life, chances are she'll find plenty to relate to in Houts' charmingly off-kilter collec-tion of drawings and essays."
"[Houts's] work is about the creating, and the unraveling, of modern female identity, specifically in the young, urban, and stylish sphere."