Emmy Awardwinning writer Merrill Markoe lives in Los Angeles, California, the garden spot of America, with four dogs and a man. She has authored three books of humorous essays and the novelsNose Down, Eyes Up; Walking in Circles Before Lying Down; and Its My F---ing Birthday and co-authored (with Andy Prieboy) the novelThe Psycho Ex Game. A lot of additional information about herincluding a long bio, goofy videos, etc.can be found at merrillmarkoe.com. After great amounts of hesitation, she is also on Facebook. But since she thinks about pulling the page down on a daily basis, check fast.
This is so well written. [When a book like this] comes along, its, like, Thank you! What a great way to spend an afternoon, an evening, reading these essays. . . . Absolutely great.Jon Stewart[Merrill] Markoe is easily as funny as David Sedaris. Shes capable of manic riffs and acerbic skewering. Still, her good nature shines through.The Washington Post
From the Hardcover edition.
In this hilarious collection of candid essays, including two pieces new to this edition,New York Times
bestselling author Merrill Markoe reveals much about her personal lifeas well as the secret formula for comedy: Start out with a difficult mother, develop some classic teenage insecurities, add a few relationships with narcissistic men, toss in an unruly pack of selfish dogs, finish it off with the kind of crystalline perspective that only comes from years of navigating a roiling sea of unpleasant and unappeasable people, andvoilayoure funny!Cool, Calm & Contentious
is honest, unapologetic, sometimes heartbreaking, but always shot through with Merrill Markoes biting, bracing wit.This has been a great year for funny women. . . . Lets call Tina Fey and Mindy Kaling exhibits A and B. Both owe a debt to those who came before, including Merrill Markoe.The Boston GlobeMarkoes goal is to find the absurdity in everyday life. That, coupled with her sharp wit, makes her writing sublime.BookPageLaugh-out-loud humor.Tampa Bay TimesNot only crazy-funny, but crazy-heartbreaking.The New York Times