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Coming November 18, 2014


A collection of brand new essays from the author of My Misspent Youth, The Quality of Life Report and Life Would Be Perfect If I Lived in That House

Advance praise for THE UNSPEAKABLE:

"Here’s the skinny on Meghan Daum: she’s one of the most humane, entertaining, and articulate contrarians you’re likely to encounter in any book.  She challenges our assumptions—and her own—in the bracing, unsentimental manner of great British essayists such as William Hazlitt and George Orwell.  Her precision is Didion-esque.  Her humor detonates unexpectedly.  She writes with a candor that is never indulgent because she effortlessly extrapolates from personal experience the ways of the world at large.  In page after page, Daum pinpoints aspects of love, grief, and daily survival that you’ve sensed vaguely but have never found the words for.  To read this book is to begin to grasp the intricacies of living in a fresh and penetrating way.  I solemnly promise, lucky reader, you are about to be changed." —Bernard Cooper, author of The Bill From My Father

 "The Unspeakable is a fantastic collection of essays: funny, clever and moving (often at the same time), never more universal than in its most personal moments (in other words, throughout), and written with enviable subtlety, precision and spring. As if that weren't enough, Meghan Daum very nearly persuaded me to listen to Joni Mitchell again!" —Geoff Dyer, author of Another Great Day at Sea and Yoga For People Who Can't Be Bothered To Do It 

"The Unspeakable speaks with wit and warmth and artful candor, the fruits of an exuberant and consistently surprising intelligence. These are essays that dig under the surface of what we might expect to feel in order to discover what we actually feel instead. I was utterly captivated by Daum’s sensitive fidelity to the complexity of lived experience." —Leslie Jamison, author of The Empathy Exams

 "People I know still talk about My Misspent Youth. Nobody writing about her generation was more incisive or entertaining than she. Now, as incisive and entertaining as ever, and having grown in experience, knowledge, compassion, and eloquence, Daum has clearly reached a peak. The honesty with which she explores our current culture as well as her individual conscience make this book as important as it is affecting. The Unspeakable is a brave, truth-telling book, a paragon of its genre, and a triumph.” —Sigrid Nunez, author of Sempre Susan: A Memoir of Susan Sontag

Praise for Meghan's earlier work:

"Her writing has a clarity and intensity that just makes you feel awake." – Ira Glass, host of This American Life

"Daum’s enormous comic gift — and her ability to use it in the service of fundamentally serious issues — is an unexpected delight." – The New York Times Book Review

“A crisp, wisecracking voice.” – The New Yorker

"A thoughtful and terrifically gifted writer." – Booklist


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