It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me

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Meet Ariel. Her glass is half empty . . . and leaking.

If someone tells her everything will be okay, she asks: How do you know? If there's a wrong thing to say, she'll say it. If there's a downside to see, she'll see it. She lives in a permanent fear of what's to come. But at least she's prepared.

In these witty and entertaining tales from the front lines of woe, Ariel highlights the humor in our everyday ...

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Overview

Meet Ariel. Her glass is half empty . . . and leaking.

If someone tells her everything will be okay, she asks: How do you know? If there's a wrong thing to say, she'll say it. If there's a downside to see, she'll see it. She lives in a permanent fear of what's to come. But at least she's prepared.

In these witty and entertaining tales from the front lines of woe, Ariel highlights the humor in our everyday anxieties and delivers insight that will ring hilariously true if you are inclined to view the world through gray-tinted glasses.

So whether you've been dumped by the love of your life, lost your job to the guy in the cubicle next to you, said the wrong thing at the party, or weren't invited to the party at all, Ariel is here to remind you that it could be worse, you could be her.

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Editorial Reviews

Bill Nighy
“Ariel Leve is brilliant and funny and the only other person I know without an oven. Buy this book and keep it close.”
A.J. Jacobs
“A funny, smart, delightfully cranky book about everything from Facebook to dating to Angelina Jolie’s dinner conversation. If Fran Leibowitz didn’t have her famed case of writer’s block, The Cassandra Chronicles is the kind of book she might publish.”
Joan Rivers
“Ariel Leve is the love child of David Sedaris and Fran Leibowitz. An original and funny voice…The flip side of Sex and The City. Insightful and sharp—this is a very funny book written by a woman who knows how to laugh at herself and her insecurities.”
Kirkus Reviews
A Debbie Downer pontificates on the minutiae of her daily life. Sunday Times Magazine contributor Leve apparently likes only two things: drinking coffee and talking on the phone. But even those things have their problems. She worries, for example, that the deli proprietor has customers to whom he pays more attention, or that he'll be disappointed in her when he delivers her order. Though she loves talking on the phone to close friends, she also acknowledges that she's much better over e-mail. Such is her essentially pleasureless existence, and in a series of short vignettes, she chronicles the things she hates-sunny Saturdays, dinner parties (in New York, though London ones are marginally better), most other parties, boyfriends, not having boyfriends, trying new things, surprises, giving gifts, wedding receptions and so on. She fantasizes about living alone in the middle of nowhere, so she doesn't have to interact with people, and quips that the best kind of boyfriend might be on death row-guaranteed to be a bigger loser than she is. A rampant hypochondriac, she frets about hair loss, complains about her gynecologist and, like the rest of America, has problems with her health insurance. There are witty moments, particularly the stories about her oddball cast of friends and acquaintances, but there's so much idle complaining to wade through that it's difficult to focus on them. The New York neurotic has always been a source of comedy, but even Woody Allen and Tina Fey are happy some of the time, which keeps them likable. A dour and narcissistic Seinfeldian exercise. Author events in New York. Agent: Tif Loehnis/Janklow & Nesbit
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061864599
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 4/13/2010
  • Pages: 289
  • Sales rank: 942,815
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Meet the Author

Ariel Leve is an award-winning journalist who has written for such publications as the Guardian, the Financial Times Magazine, the Telegraph, the Observer, and the Sunday Times Magazine, where she was a senior writer on contract from 2003 to 2011. Her first book, It Could Be Worse, You Could Be Me, was a collection of her popular "Cassandra" columns, which ran weekly in the Sunday Times Magazine for five years. She was short-listed for the British Press Awards three times for Interviewer of the Year (2005 and 2010) and Feature Writer of the Year (2008). She has been Highly Commended twice: Feature Writer (2008) and Interview of the Year (2010).

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