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Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon to be on Fire: Essays

Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon to be on Fire: Essays

by Liza Monroy


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Liza Monroy’s new book is collection of deeply personal essays that tackle the universal themes of romantic and familial love, fate and chance, all told in a humorous and intelligent manner that keeps the reader yearning for more. Created in the wake of Liza's popular essays– including her piece for the Modern Love column in the New York TimesSeeing As Your Shoes Are Soon To Be On Fire chronicles Liza's many misadventures in her quest for love. These misadventures span a variety of countries and a variety of men, all bound together under the watchful eye of her eccentric, single mother, a profiler for the U.S. State Department, who is soon using her professional aptitude to weed out the men in her daughter’s path.

Filled with quirky details and archetypal characters from our everyday lives, with stories that are both wildly hilarious and deeply heartfelt, Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon To Be On Fire is both a vulnerably open testament to Liza's personal experiences and an intriguing work that confronts the odds of finding love and intimacy in the increasingly depersonalized world of technology.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781593766498
Publisher: Catapult
Publication date: 10/11/2016
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Liza Monroy is the author of The Marriage Act: The Risk I Took to Keep My Best Friend in America...And What It Taught Us about Love and Mexican High. Her essays and articles have appeared in The New York Times, The Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today and Poets & Writers. Her work has also been featured in various anthologies, including Goodbye to All That: Writers on Loving and Leaving New York and One Big Family. Liza has taught writing at Columbia University, UCLA Extension, and UC Santa Cruz. She currently lives in Santa Cruz, California.

Table of Contents

The Profiler's Daughter 1

Two Husbands Real and Fake 17

The Fake Trip 39

Seeing As Your Shoes Are Soon To Be On Fire 61

Brazilian Fight Club, a.k.a. "Foreign Exercise Class" 77

The Gold Star Breakup 87

The Profiler vs. the By-Referral-Only Tarot Reader: An Interlude 105

Somebody's French Girl: Un Essai En Quatorze Morceaux 119

Icky Sweater 139

Love and Death and Faith and Fate and Marine Iguanas 145

The Profiler Selects 157

The Skeptic and the Vision Board Party 167

The Hidden Gem Of America 177

33 185

The Manifestation of Señor Bacon 199

Stars Burned Twice As Bright 205

Crab Legs In Her Carry-On 215

Appendix A The Profiler Checklist 231

Appendix B The Special Ed Behavior Modification Expert's Manual for Getting Controlling Mothers Under Control: Techniques for Managing Your S'mother 237

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