Exit Interview: The Life and Death of My Ambitious Career
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"A unique and brilliant book--both a hilarious memoir of one woman's journey through the extremes of corporate America and a poignant and arresting account of what modern work culture can do to the soul. I found myself reading passages aloud to anyone who'd listen."
--Oliver Burkeman, author of Four Thousand Weeks
--Leah Reich, The New York Times
"Enlightening and often wincingly funny. . . Books like Exit Interview provide a chance to look back and ask ourselves, What did we just do to our lives?"
--Laura Miller, Slate "Coulter is a delightful, funny guide, giving us an insider's view of Amazon's quirks and toxicities, and she's alert to the personalities and characters around her (including glimpses of Jeff Bezos and his management style) . . . An engaging, well-paced, and thoughtful memoir, Exit Interview takes a cleareyed look at women in corporate America, particularly tech, noting how far from parity they remain in those worlds."
--Sarah McCraw Crow, BookPage (starred review) "With wry humor, Coulter provides candid insights about life, love, and gender as well as surviving a toxic workplace."
--Kirkus "Kristi Coulter has given us the most vivid account yet of Amazon's chaotic, mercurial, dignity-crushing office culture. Exit Interview is also a very funny and intensely personal depiction of what it's like to be female in the oppressively male world of technology."
--Brad Stone, author of The Everything Store and Amazon Unbound "I couldn't put Exit Interview down, even when my heart rate was so elevated that my fitness ring thought I was going for a 'moderate walk.' A brilliant portrait of stifled ambition that should be required reading for every underfunded woman at every organization that 'values female employees' and has exactly one woman in their C-suite."
--Nora McInerny, author of Bad Vibes Only
"Kristi Coulter's unputdownable memoir about her time in the trenches of one of the world's most cutthroat companies--a place where femininity and feminism is positioned as something to grow out of--made me want to rage against the machine as a woman and a human."
--Courtney Maum, author of The Year of the Horses "Exit Interview is pure joy from beginning to end. Kristi Coulter's voice is truly inimitable: vibrantly intelligent, tender, occasionally furious, and always funny. A brilliant and surprisingly moving tour of the outer reaches of corporate madness."
--Claire Dederer, author of Monsters "Whether you're here for some juicy inside dirt on Amazon or an astute analysis of gender politics, Kristi Coulter's Exit Interview delivers the goods with wit, insight, and a deep dive into the heavy taxation on being an ambitious woman."
--Gina Frangello, author of Blow Your House Down