Girl Logic: The Genius and the Absurdity (Paperback)
From breakout stand-up comedian Iliza Shlesinger comes a subversively funny collection of essays and observations on the secret genius of irrational behavior.
Have you ever been pissed because you're not pretty enough, and then gotten even more pissed that someone didn't find you as pretty as you think you are? Have you ever obsessed over the size of your thighs while eating dessert, all the while saying you'll work out extra tomorrow? Or spent endless hours wondering why you have to bear the brunt of other people's insecurities? I mean, after all, I'm pretty great. Why cope with insecurities I don't already have?
That last one's just me? All right, then.
But if the rest sounds familiar, you are experiencing Girl Logic: a characteristically female way of thinking that appears contradictory and circuitous but is actually a complicated and highly evolved way of looking at the world. You end up considering every repercussion of every choice (about dating, career, clothes, lunch) before making a move toward what you really want. And why do we attempt these mental hurdles? Well, that's what this book is all about.
The fact is, whether you're obsessing over his last text or the most important meeting of your career, your Girl Logic serves a purpose: It helps push you, question what you want, and clarify what will make you a happier, better person. Girl Logic can be every confident woman's secret weapon, and this book shows you how to wield it.
About the Author
Iliza Shlesinger has written and starred in four Netflix comedy specials: War Paint (2013), Freezing Hot (2015), Confirmed Kills (2016), and Iliza: Elder Millennial (2018). She is the creator and star of Forever 31 on Hulu as well as her late night show, Truth & Iliza, on Freeform. Iliza has appeared as a comedian several times on Late Night and The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon as well as the Late Late Show with James Corden and loves entertaining the troops on USO tours.
"Iliza is a fearless comedian because she is a fearless woman... She sees deeply, she thinks deeply, and she feels deeply . . [F]ind yourself in the pages of this book. Your hurt, your fear, and your loneliness will be remedied time and again with the laughter and the wisdom of a woman who will teach you to fight for your self-identification as a warrior and your destiny as a woman."
—Mayim Bialik, star of CBS' "The Big Bang Theory" and NYT bestselling author of "Girling Up!"
"'Iliza not only has a way with words, she also has an observational intensity that pushes those words into your brain with comedic fury."
—Marc Maron, comedian, actor, author, and host of the popular podcast WTF with Marc Maron
"Iliza is funny, fierce, and lightning fast, but don't let all that wit and beauty fool you - she's a feminist with the heart of a mommy, a truth teller who just wants us all to feel better so we can get what we want, dammit! She's thought long and hard about why women are so hard on themselves, and she's not afraid to say she's been there herself, which has endeared her already to millions of fans. Take my advice: take her advice. Iliza is a comedian wrapped in social critic wrapped in the good friend you need."
—Robbie Myers, Editor-in-Chief ELLE Magazine
"Iliza Shlesinger's brand of feminist comedy is quick, smart and doesn't suffer fools . . . [Girl Logic] is a call for women to celebrate themselves."—Los Angeles Times
"The takeaway messages of the book are important: cultivate confidence, develop the courage to be different, refuse catty competition with other women."
"The stand-up comic expertly explores the 'secret genius of irrational behavior' in this irreverent and insightful collection."