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About the book:
We’ve all been there.
You encounter the mother of your recent ex. That guy your best friend dated sophomore year. That friend-of-a-friend who you’ve met once but keeps popping up in your “People You May Know” feed.
Do you shake hands? Do you hug? Do you—horrors—kiss on the cheek? And then the inevitable: The awkward hug. That cultural blight we’ve all experienced.
Emily Flake—keen observer of human behavior and life’s less-than-triumphant moments—codifies the most common awkward hugs that have plagued us all. Filled with laugh-out-loud anecdotes and illustrations, astute observations, and wise advice, That Was Awkward is a heartwarming reminder that we’re all in this together, grasping hastily at each other in an attempt to say: let’s embrace to remind ourselves of our essential and connecting humanity, but also, please don’t touch me for more than three seconds.
About the speakers:
Emily Flake's cartoons and humorous essays run regularly in The New Yorker, The Nib, and many other publications. Her weekly strip, Lulu Eightball, ran in alt-weeklies for many years. She’s written and illustrated two books: These Things Ain’t Gonna Smoke Themselves and Mama Tried. Her illustrations and cartoons appear in publications all over the world, including the New York Times, Newsweek, the Globe and Mail, The Onion, The New Statesman, and Forbes. She lives in Brooklyn, New York, with her husband, daughter, and a frail, elderly orange cat.
Riane Konc is a frequent contributor to The New Yorker who, along with teaching at Second City, has also written humor for the New York Times, McSweeney's, Mad Magazine, Parents Magazine, Paste, National Lampoon, American Bystander, Reductress, Cafe, The Rumpus' Funny Women, and more.
A Lit Hub "Most Anticipated Books of 2019"
From New Yorker humorist Emily Flake, a hilarious, oddly enlightening book of illustrations, observations, and advice that embraces the inescapable awkwardness of two human beings attempting to make physical contact with each other
We've all been there.
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