Celebrity memoirs have been flying off the shelves over the past few months. Aziz Ansari’s Modern Romance has been on the best sellers list for ages; Amy Poehler’s Yes Please sold 37,000 in the first week alone. Members of Hollywood, political spheres, and every walk of life have committed time and effort to putting their stories on paper.
One memoir, however, has stood out among the crowd. Many know Felicia Day from her roles in TV’s Supernatural, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and the musical Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog. Day is known for her zany personality, “geek” nature, and sheer, original talent—and all this comes out in her latest book, You’re Never Weird on the Internet (almost).
Day recounts her childhood in an incredible mixture of humor and respect; she recalls being homeschooled (for “hippie” reasons), spending her days learning calculus, and surfing the edges of the worldwide web. Having no contacts, she made the daring journey to Hollywood—and made it while so few do not.
Readers need not be familiar with Day to enjoy her book. It’s full of quotable sayings, funny and heartwarming, such as her mantra that “knowing yourself is life’s eternal homework.”
If you enjoy looking into the life of someone who is completely different yet somehow connected with you, pick up her book. You’ll learn a lot, but the biggest lesson is this: “You’re never weird when you’re surrounded by people who are weird like you, right?”
Thanks for reading! –Autumn
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