From the New York Times bestselling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? comes a fun, frank book of reflections, essays, and interviews on topics important to young women, ranging from politics and career to motherhood, sisterhood, and making and sustaining relationships of all kinds in the age of social media.
Alyssa Mastromonaco is back with a bold, no-nonsense, and no-holds-barred twenty-first-century girl's guide to life, tackling the highs and lows of bodies, politics, relationships, moms, education, life on the internet, and pop culture. Whether discussing Barbra Streisand or The Bachelor, working in the West Wing or working on finding a wing woman, Alyssa leaves no stone unturned...and no awkward situation unexamined.
Like her bestseller Who Thought This Was a Good Idea?, SO HERE'S THE THING... brings a sharp eye and outsize sense of humor to the myriad issues facing women the world over, both in and out of the workplace. Along with Alyssa's personal experiences and hard-won life lessons, interviews with women like Monica Lewinsky, Susan Rice, and Chelsea Handler round out this modern woman's guide to, well, just about everything you can think of.
|Publisher:||Grand Central Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.00(w) x 1.25(h) x 9.00(d)|
About the Author
Alyssa Mastromonaco served as assistant to the president and director of scheduling and advance at the White House from 2009 to 2011 and as assistant to the president and deputy chief of staff for operations at the White House from 2011 to 2014. She is the New York Times bestselling author of Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? with Lauren Oyler and a contributor to Crooked Media.
Lauren Oyler is a writer whose work has appeared in the New York Times Magazine, the Baffler, the New Republic, VICE, and elsewhere.
Table of Contents
WTF Is Politics Anymore? 5
Susan Rice on How Diplomacy Has Changed (and How Young Women Can Help Shape It) 19
Shits, Giggles, and Medical Marijuana 23
Are You There, God? It's Me, Alyssa 32
When John Kerry Saw Me in My Underwear 40
The Meow Coat Has Claws 44
What to Expect When You're Not Expecting to Ride a Motorcycle for Hundreds of Miles Along the Japanese Coast 50
Oh, the Places You'll Go! (And Be Spied on by Foreign Governments) 61
Why You Should Always Listen to Michelle Obama 73
Dan Pfeiffer on How Platonic Life Partners Help You Avoid Catastrophe 76
"How Do I Get to Be You by the Time I'm Thirty-Five?" 79
Quitters Sometimes Win 93
Ted Chiodo's List of Words AM Uses That You Should Pay Attention To 99
Electric Chocolate Cream Pie Acid Test 102
The Woman in Red Leather Pants 108
"Tell Alyssa She Needs to Get Better at Email" 119
In Praise of Monica Lewinsky 129
Monica Lewinsky on How Not to Be a Jerk on Twitter 136
How Jennifer Aniston Got Me Through My Breakup 139
I Was Wrong About John Mayer 148
The Ones Who Got Away 155
A Note on Sex 164
Altared States 165
What to Expect When You're Not Expecting 175
Victory Over Big Panty 194
How I Became a Crazy Cat Lady 201
Chelsea Handler on My Unhealthy Relationship to Cats 208
Long May You Run (and Not Burst into Flames) 210
I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Specifically: Barack Obama and Jennifer Hudson) 219