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Legs Get Led Astrayby Chloe Caldwell
I've read this book twice. And both times I've been blown away (and sometimes shocked) by the raw honesty in the pages. But if I were to tell you what shocked me, it wouldn't be the sex and drugs. It would be that I was left with an overwhelming sense of optimism — in a world that is often hard to find hope in, there it was, shining as brightly as the writing. Caldwell writes about her life but makes it seem like she is writing about mine, yours. I can't wait for what she writes next.
Chloe Caldwell's raw, gritty essay collection is one hell of a seething mess, but in a really good way. Really. Bald fear, lust, despair, and addictions run rampant in this particular slice of Caldwell's life, but her love of writing and words somehow trumps the stark ugliness with something like grace. Powerful and touching, Legs Get Led Astray is a tiny bomb that will bring you to your knees but make you happy in the process, and leave you awestruck at the end.
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Legs Get Led Astray is a provocative collection of essays that vividly rockets the reader through one young woman's life. Chloe Caldwell beautifully and bluntly escorts you through her childhood dreams, her first loves, her most unguarded sexual exploits, bookstore crushes, babysitting jobs, heartbroken wanderlust, and the suicide of a lost lover. Caldwell's writing remarkably explores the genre of personal nonfiction and has been featured in The Rumpus, The Faster Times, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, The Nervous Breakdown, and Everyday Genius.
"Chloe Caldwell's Legs Get Led Astray is a scorching hot glitter box of youthful despair and dark delight. Tender and sharp, wide-eyed and searching, these essays have a reckless beauty that feels to me like magic." Cheryl Strayed, author of Wild, Torch, and Tiny Beautiful Things
"Prepare to shed skin. Chloe Caldwell's essays will dare you to dissect your own life. Shot-through with sexuality and sass, her language will get up in you and turn you inside out in the best possible way." Lidia Yuknavitch, author of The Chronology of Water
"These true stories are raw and heartfelt...gems galore." Poe Ballantine, author of Things I Like About America
About the Author
Chloe Caldwell is a nonfiction writer living in upstate New York. Her essays have appeared in The Rumpus, Chronogram, The Frisky, The Sun magazine, Smith magazine, Jewcy, Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, Vol 1. Brooklyn and Freerange Nonfiction. She writes a column for The Faster Times called "Love and Music."
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