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"Magnificent." (People Magazine)

The instant New York Times best seller: laugh-out-loud, deeply insightful, and emotion-filled essays from multitalented actress, comedian, podcaster, and writer Casey Wilson.

Casey Wilson has a lot on her mind and she isn’t afraid to share. In this dazzling collection, each essay skillfully constructed and brimming with emotion, she shares her thoughts on the joys and vagaries of modern-day womanhood and motherhood, introduces the not-quite-typical family that made her who she is, and persuasively argues that lowbrow pop culture is the perfect lens through which to examine human nature.

Whether she’s extolling the virtues of eating in bed, processing the humiliation over her father’s late in life perm, mourning her mother's passing, or revealing her patented method for keeping the mystery alive in a marriage, Casey is witty, candid, and full of poignant and funny surprises. Humorous dives into her obsessions and areas of personal expertise - self-help, nice guys, cool girls (not her) and how to receive visitors in the bath - are matched by touching meditations on female friendship, anger, grief, motherhood, and identity. 

Reading The Wreckage of My Presence is like spending time with a close friend - a deeply passionate, full-tilt, joyous, excessive, compulsive, shameless, hungry-for-it-all, loyal, cheerleading friend. A friend who is ready for any big feelings that come her way - and isn’t afraid to embrace them.

©2021 Casey Wilson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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sweet and entertaining

I saw this author on an episode of Jimmy Kimmel and thought this seemed like it would be an entertaining book. I am so glad I experienced this in audio format. The author is so good at this, so well written, and narrated. I am so happy to support her. Thank you!

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hilarious and beautiful

Casey Wilson delivers an honest and hilarious tell all of her life. I went from laughing to crying in a moments notice. This is a must read. Truly an impressive piece of work.

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  • Natalie Phillips
  • 2021-05-04

Laugh out loud funny

I’ve been listening to Casey for years on Bitch Sesssh and have been anticipating the release of this book. She has not disappointed! Wow! Laughing out loud. So grateful Casey did her own audiobook - could listen to her for hours which I am currently doing!

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  • Tesa Fisher
  • 2021-05-18

it's ok

I found some of this book annoying...kind of like listening to the Kardashian's talk...mostly vapid & annoying. I was hoping this book would get better but sadly, it was just ok. There were a few moments that were likable- when she talks about her children, husband & family but the rest just seemed self-serving & an opportunity to name drop. The worst part of this book is the baby talk part at the beginning...ugh. painful to listen to.

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  • Leslie Francis
  • 2021-05-14

Would have been 5 stars without the political commentary

Incredibly entertaining and perfectly narrated by the author. Would have been 5 stars if she had resisted the compulsory Trump bashing that is required of everyone in Hollywood

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  • Katie F.
  • 2021-05-12

Near perfect

I’ve never written a review for a book before but felt compelled. This book might possibly be the most perfect blend of funny, heartfelt, engaging and endearing. I laughed out loud and teared up. All the feels! I was already a Casey Wilson fan to begin with, but I am even more so now.

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  • Marisa L. Grover
  • 2021-06-26

Better person for having read this

This is touching, hysterical and unforgettable. Read this book / listen to this audio. It will stay with you.

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  • Laura Okruhlik
  • 2021-06-23

Highly relatable

I think most women in their 30s will feel the same way. Funny and worth the listen!

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  • Dawn Murphy
  • 2021-06-27

New Favorite Book!!

What a refreshing upbeat tongue in cheek honest and open book!! So relatable!! Casey is very brave to put her deepest and darkest secrets out there! Thanks for cluing me in about overeaters anonymous because I’m not that fat……but wow do the whys resonate and I am 54….I will also stop responding to text messages with “ok” and “k” immediately!!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-06-23

I am on my third listen

Truly a fantastic book. Love hearing the author tell it in her own voice. Only thing I want to listen to right now.

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  • Evelyn Tollinche
  • 2021-08-01

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I started watching Happy Endings on Netflix and fell in love with Penny. Was excited to see what the real CW was like—she did not disappoint. I felt an immediate kindred spirit. She’s wacky, lovable, a bit cray cray and insanely funny. Laughed out loud “hearing” this book!

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  • Gina Davis
  • 2021-07-28

Ugh. Annoying

I got halfway though this book and couldn’t listen anymore. I just couldn’t get into it.