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The Roommates: True Tales of Friendship, Rivalry, Romance, and Disturbingly Close Quarters (Picador True Tales)by Stephanie Wu
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ONE OF LIFE'S TRICKIEST RITES OF PASSAGE COLLECTED INTO AN UNFORGETTABLE VOLUME OF TRUE TALES
The fraught relationship among roommates is a true cultural obsession. Shows like Friends, The Golden Girls, The Odd Couple, and New Girl have held us rapt for decades, simultaneously delighting and disconcerting us with their depictions of mismatched couples, cringe-worthy awkwardness, and against-all-odds friendship. Maybe its that uniquely unnatural experience of living with a total stranger that ignites our curiosity or just that almost all of us, for better or worse, have had a roommate of our own.
In Roommates, people of all ages reveal their disastrous, hilarious, and sometimes moving stories of making their best friend for life or lifelong nemesis. Learn what its like to share a room in places as unusual as a thirty-person beach house, a reality show mansion, a billionaires yacht, and a retirement hotel, and those as familiar as sleepaway camp, a boarding school, and a college dorm. Put down your roommates dirty dishes and passive-aggressive Post-its for this eye-opening glimpse into how people live together in the modern age.
"Certainly thorough and wide-ranging, these anecdotal portraits of good roommates and bad roommates have been smoothly edited by Wu (a culture editor at Town & Country and founder of MochiMag.com) for understated readability. These briefs are occasionally hilarious: in 'The Faulty Wiring' a college roommate climbs on top of her desk at night and pees on her own laptop, then wonders the next morning if the electricity had gone out. Elsewhere, incidents possess an over-the-top quality that strains credulity, such as the depiction of Midwestern Sandra in 'The Multiple Personalities,' who suffered from dissociative identity disorder and whose five other church-going roommates made peace with Sandra's various personalities (with names like Blue Eyes and Playgirl, for example) and even attended therapy with her. Divided into life stages such as 'Growing Pains,' 'Freshman Year,' and 'Recent Grads,' the tales cover the gamut from sharing dorms in small college towns to roach-infested pads in New York City or RV traveling, while the most eclectic section, 'Adventures Abroad,' even attains an inspired quality, as in the strange and beautiful influence one Botswana roommate wrought over her American counterpart in 'The African Exchange Student.' There are, curiously, several essays about living with Mormons, lots of party boys and girls, bed bugs, suicide attempts, and kleptomaniacs, but mostly there remain the all-too-familiar, agonizing chronicles of the passive- aggressives and the plain incompatibles. (Sept.)" Publishers Weekly Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
THE SECOND ENTRY IN THE PICADOR TRUE TALES
About the Author
Stephanie Wu is an editor at Town & Country, covering culture, food, and travel. She is also the founder and editor in chief of MochiMag.com, an online publication for young Asian American women. She was raised in Taipei and now lives in New York with a roommate.
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