No One Asked For This: Essays (Paperback)
A NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER. From writer/director Cazzie David comes a series of acerbic, darkly funny essays about anxiety, social media, misanthropy, and growing up in a wildly eccentric family.
For Cazzie David, the world is one big trap door leading to death and despair and social phobia. From shame spirals caused by hookups to panic attacks about being alive and everyone else having to be alive too, David chronicles her life’s most chaotic moments with wit, bleak humor, and a mega-dose of self-awareness.
In No One Asked for This, David provides readers with a singular but ultimately relatable tour through her mind, as she explores existential anxiety, family dynamics, and the utterly modern dilemma of having your breakup displayed on the Internet. With pitch-black humor resonant of her father, comedy legend Larry David, and topics that speak uniquely to generational malaise, No One Asked for This is the perfect companion for when you don’t really want a companion.
"Blisteringly honest...kind of like if a David Sedaris book was written by an anxiety-ridden millennial who grew up in Hollywood."—Entertainment Weekly
"Cazzie David is the delicious antidote to the poison of basic influencer culture. This book will make all misanthropes feel seen and loved—well, seen and tolerated."—Diablo Cody, screenwriter and author of Candy Girl
About the Author
CAZZIE DAVID is the creator, writer, and star of the critically acclaimed web series Eighty-Sixed. She is a columnist at Graydon Carter’s Air Mail and has written for Vanity Fair, the Hollywood Reporter, Glamour, InStyle, and Vogue.
A BEST BOOK OF THE FALL AS SEEN IN: PureWow * Pop Sugar * HelloGiggles * Bustle "Cazzie David is the delicious antidote to the poison of basic influencer culture. This book will make all misanthropes feel seen and loved--well, seen and tolerated." —Diablo Cody, screenwriter and author of Candy Girl “If you think you’re having trouble copy with the day-to-day trials and tribulations, think again. This book will make you laugh, think, but mostly feel better about your own sanity.” —Chelsea Handler, comedian and New York Times bestselling author of Life Will Be the Death of Me…And You, Too! "Cazzie David is one of the funniest, most original writers of this up-and-coming generation. This book couldn't have come at a better time." —Amy Schumer, comedian and New York Times bestselling author of The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo "Cazzie David's gimlet-eyed worldview produces observations so sharp and so funny they will literally make you gasp with laughter and shock at once. No One Asked for This is an incisively funny look at a specific moment in time and in that strange expanse of early adulthood. Every page wraps unguarded insights in a delicious shell of acid-tongue wit. I ate this book up!" —R. Eric Thomas, bestselling author of Here for It, or How to Save Your Soul in America "It would be far more convenient for everyone involved to hate this and Cazzie David herself, but of course, she doesn’t make anything easy. Unfortunately, these essays are an astute portrait of the mortifying ordeal of being known, capturing the embarrassment of a life reluctant to be lived. These essays are an inner monologue on its best behavior–sitting around with a friend in comfortable silence, or meeting that one person at a party and sighing, “Oh, thank god.” Here, everyday observations are sprinkled with brutal honesty, a refreshing break for people whose instinct, and respite, is preferring to not." —Darcie Wilder, author of literally show me a healthy person "The sharp, anxiety-fueled essays in Cazzie David's No One Asked for This are exactly what the world needs after a year like 2020. David tackles social anxiety, shame spirals, and existential dread with the kind of gallows humor that will surely make her famous dad, Larry David, proud." —PopSugar, Best New Books of November "Full of darkly funny reflections on her life. From shame spirals caused by hookups to panic attacks about being alive, David chronicles her life's most chaotic moments with wit, bleak humor and self-awareness." —PureWow, 9 Books to Read in November “[A] darkly funny collection of essays…You’ll desperately want to be David's best friend, which is probably exactly what she was hoping wouldn’t happen. The next time you feel like indulging a pang of nihilism, this will fit the bill.” —HelloGiggles, The 10 Best New Books To Read in November "Blisteringly honest...kind of like if a David Sedaris book was written by an anxiety-ridden millennial who grew up in Hollywood." —Entertainment Weekly "[David] will make you bark with laughter in these essays about family, relationships and the perils of social media." —People Magazine —