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By Alexandra Petri

Washington Post columnist Alexandra Petri stocks her tales of awkwardness during this insightful and supremely humorous debut.

Most twentysomethings stay away from awkwardness. 
Not Alexandra Petri.

She auditioned for America’s subsequent most sensible Model. She misplaced Jeopardy! via answering “Who is that dude?” One time, she permit a few cult participants baptize her, simply to be well mannered. Alexandra Petri is a gourmet of the type of awkwardness most folk spend lifetimes keeping off. If John Hodgman and Amy Sedaris had a child. . .they may by no means permit Petri babysit it.

Here, the Washington submit columnist turns her satirical eye on her personal life—with hilarious effects. And she’s the following to inform you that attention-grabbing issues begin to take place in case you cease being concerned what humans imagine.

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