Sunday, October 23, 2022

Eight books for the recovering nice girl

Mia Mercado is a humor writer. Her second book, She's Nice Though: Essays on Being Bad at Being Good is now available Her debut collection of funny non-fiction essays is Weird but Normal.

Mercado is currently a contributor to The Cut and writes a weekly column called I Can’t Shut Up About, providing shallow dives in her latest online obsession.

At Electric Lit she tagged "some required reading for fellow nice girls who are learning to spread their nasty little wings." One title on the list:
Little Weirds by Jenny Slate

Weird girls and nice girls have a symbiotic relationship. For those of us who followed the rules to our own demise, there is an undeniable charm to someone who eschews cultural mores in favor of their own whimsy. Little Weirds by Jenny Slate is a collection of poems, essays, stories, dreams, and hopeful squeals about the intricacies and oddities of being alive today. “A Letter from the Committee for Evening Experiences,” for example, traces Slate’s confusing, occasionally anxious, and sometimes overwhelmingly mundane dreams. The collection is poetic and dreamy, soothing and intimate, like whispered secrets between childhood friends.
Read about another entry on the list.

--Marshal Zeringue