That Was Awkward: The Art and Etiquette of the Awkward Hug


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5.1 X 7.4 X 0.6 inches | 0.4 pounds

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About the Author

Emily Flake's cartoons and humorous essays run regularly in The New Yorker, The Nib, and many other publications. Her weekly strip, Lulu Eightball, ran in alt-weeklies for many years. She's written and illustrated two books: These Things Ain't Gonna Smoke Themselves and Mama Tried. Her illustrations and cartoons appear in publications all over the world, including the New York Times, Newsweek, the Globe and Mail, The Onion, The New Statesman, and Forbes. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, daughter, and a frail, elderly orange cat.


"Looking for a laugh? Pick up That Was Awkward, a book of illustrations, observations, and advice by New Yorker cartoonist Emily Flake. Flake chronicles the hilarious awkwardness of two humans trying to connect."
--E! Online

"Before the eggnog starts flowing this holiday season, arm yourself with Emily Flake's That Was Awkward. It will make you laugh, cringe, and think twice before you do the handshake-or-hug hokey pokey."

"The New Yorker's Emily Flake takes a lighthearted deep-dive into the common horrors of embarrassing physical contact--including, of course, awkward hugs--what these interactions can signify, and what they feel like. (That is, very, very awkward.) It happens to everyone, Flake reminds us, and we might as well laugh about it."
--Read It Forward

"It isn't hard to recognize yourself--and everyone you know--in these hilarious portraits of awkward huggers. Sincerely funny, sly and subversive, Emily Flake perfectly captures the plight of our perpetually embarrassing rituals of connection."
--Molly Ringwald

"Wise and wildly funny, That Was Awkward is Emily Flake at her best, deconstructing modern life with a needle-sharp wit but a warm heart. That Was Awkward is indispensable, brilliant, and delightful."
--Susan Orlean, author of The Library Book

"Brilliant and weird! Yet again, the beloved Emily Flake has nailed it. As a hugger, (awkward most of the time), I feel understood AND simultaneously able to laugh at myself, thanks to this book. If looking for a guide on how to better navigate your way through this world of strange embraces, and also chortle whilst drinking coffee, take Flake's book home with you pronto!"
--Mira Ptacin, author of Poor Your Soul and The In-Betweens

"Get it as a gift for whoever the last person is that you tried to air kiss, but then you misjudged which side to start on and you box your heads against each other. It's great."
--Dan Kois (on the Slate podcast Mom and Dad Are Fighting)