The Wreckage of My Presence: Essays

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5.2 X 7.7 X 0.8 inches | 0.5 pounds

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About the Author

Casey Wilson is an actress, writer, director and podcaster. Her TV acting credits include Happy Endings, Saturday Night Live, Easy Mark, Marry Me, Black Monday, Mrs. Fletcher, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Her film credits include Gone Girl, Julie and Julia, and Always be My Maybe. Casey co-wrote and co-starred in the movies Bride Wars and Ass Backwards with her longtime collaborator June Diane Raphael. Alongside Danielle Schneider, she co-hosts the hit podcast Bitch Sesh. Her directorial debut, Daddio, premiered at SXSW and TIFF. Casey lives with her husband and two young sons in Los Angeles.


"It's like a rambunctious yard sale of her life, and it's magnificent." -- People

"An endearing, hilarious, and beautiful essay collection." -- The Skimm, "10 Books That'll Get You Out of a Reading Rut"

"The Wreckage of My Presence will destroy you. Laughter through the tears. Love Casey Wilson!" -- Amy Sedaris

"I had the thrilling experience of laughing out loud throughout reading THE WRECKAGE OF MY PRESENCE! Casey is as hilarious on the page as she is in person, and her stories are often more bizarre than anything I've seen on the Housewives, with tons of heart." -- Andy Cohen

"Casey Wilson is laugh out loud funny, vulnerable, and honest. Reading this book made me feel like I'm hanging out with a best friend. What a pleasure and privilege to spend time with such an absolute treasure." -- Phoebe Robinson, bestselling author of You Can't Touch My Hair

"Reading Casey Wilson's memoir is a lot like hanging out with Casey herself: you never want the fun to end. Laugh-out-loud funny, joyously raw and real, this book is like the great boozy night out we all need." -- Jessi Klein, New York Times bestselling author of You'll Grow Out of It

"A funny, irreverent memoir-in-essays. Reading The Wreckage of My Presence is like having a free-ranging chat with a friend that hits on all the important topics (grief, motherhood, The Real Housewives)." -- Real Simple

"Wilson turns the trappings of fame into rich fodder for highlighting the absurdities of her Hollywood life. Her humorous writing flows in a rapid-fire, conversational tone, but underneath the laughs, the constant, human, and very relatable undercurrent becomes more apparent. . . . will appeal to fans of other funny female essayists like Chelsea Handler and Mindy Kaling, whether or not they are already devotees of Wilson's work." -- Booklist

"Completely shameless, but also incredibly endearing. . . . Wilson's incredible collection of essays shines throughout, especially when seamlessly moving from gasp-worthy, low-brow humor to deeply heartfelt epiphanies about confidence, motherhood, and food addiction. VERDICT Equally irreverent and heartfelt, this collection is a roller-coaster. . . . You might cry and scream, but you'll be eager to get back in line to take another ride." -- Library Journal

"Funny and bold, occasionally manic or melancholy, and always hilarious and heartfelt. Fans will turn the last page wanting more. -- BookPage