So Here's the Thing...: Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut

So Here's the Thing...: Notes on Growing Up, Getting Older, and Trusting Your Gut

by Alyssa Mastromonaco, Lauren Oyler (With)


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781538731550
Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
Publication date: 03/05/2019
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 784,899
Product dimensions: 5.75(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(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

Introduction 1

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

Acknowledgments 226

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