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Stay sexy & don't get murdered : [the definitive how-to guide]
2019
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The hosts of the "My Favorite Murder" podcast share stories about their battles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, as well as insights into the cultural forces that prevent people from being their own advocates. - (Baker & Taylor)

This program is read by the authors, with Paul Giamatti, and includes sections recorded in front of a live audience.

The highly anticipated first book by Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark, the voices behind the #1 hit podcast My Favorite Murder!


Sharing never-before-heard stories ranging from their struggles with depression, eating disorders, and addiction, Karen and Georgia irreverently recount their biggest mistakes and deepest fears, reflecting on the formative life events that shaped them into two of the most followed voices in the nation.

In Stay Sexy & Don’t Get Murdered, Karen and Georgia focus on the importance of self-advocating and valuing personal safety over being "nice" or "helpful." They delve into their own pasts, true crime stories, and beyond to discuss meaningful cultural and societal issues with fierce empathy and unapologetic frankness.

My Favorite Murder started as a way for Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark to work through their fears. Now it’s a worldwide community…. Even its darkest moments are lightened by Karen and Georgia's effortlessly funny banter and genuine empathy.” —RollingStone.com

- (McMillan Palgrave)

Author Biography

Known for her biting wit and musical prowess, Karen Kilgariff has been a staple in the comedy world for decades. As a performer, she has appeared on Mr. Show, The Book Group and Conan. She was the head writer for the first five years of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, then transitioned to scripted, writing for shows like Other Space, Portlandia, and Baskets. Her musical comedy album Live At The Bootleg was included in Vulture's Top 9 of 2014 and in Stitcher's Top 11 of 2014.

Georgia Hardstark has enjoyed a successful career as a food writer and Cooking Channel on-camera personality, including co-hosting a travel/adventure/party show called Tripping Out, and a regular gig on Cooking Channel’s #1 show, Unique Sweets. She caps that off as a frequent guest narrator on Comedy Central’s hit show Drunk History.

- (McMillan Palgrave)

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AudioFile Reviews

Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark team up to narrate their dual memoir in which they reflect on the life experiences that shaped them as women, led them to meet each other, and, ultimately, inspired them to create the hit podcast "My Favorite Murder." Both women are unapologetically vulnerable as they share their stories about depression, addiction, and learning to value their personal safety over being "nice." The story is delightfully peppered with sections in which actor Paul Giamatti offers wise quips, and some parts of the audiobook are performed in front of a live audience, frequently making the listener laugh out loud. At the beginning of most chapters, their delivery comes off as less natural and conversational, but as they continue, they warm up to their audience. A.K.R. © AudioFile 2019, Portland, Maine

Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* In a dual memoir, My Favorite Murder podcasters Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark share not true crime, as one might expect from the content of their popular podcast, but the stories that lead them to where they are today. They discuss everything from their struggles with addiction to experiences camping and growing up as latch-key kids. This book grabs listeners from the intro that includes the quote, "And we love libraries. Never change" (Pandering? Maybe. But effective!) to the copyright information. Fans of the podcast will definitely want to stick around through the end to hear if Hardstark's cat, Elvis, wants a cookie. Spoiler: he does. Those who are not familiar with the podcast will find plenty to relate to, laugh at, and cry along with, and will likely find themselves seeking out the podcast to continue listening to this wry duo. The audio is a mix of live and studio readings by the authors and includes cameos by Paul Giamatti and Hardstark's father. Kilgariff and Hardstarck also interview each other in a way that suggests a brief and hilarious commercial break. Offer this to listeners who enjoy memoirs by comedians, self-help books, podcasts, true crime, or just an irreverent personal story. Stay sexy and listen to this audiobook. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

Booklist Reviews

*Starred Review* In a dual memoir, My Favorite Murder podcasters Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark share not true crime, as one might expect from the content of their popular podcast, but the stories that lead them to where they are today. They discuss everything from their struggles with addiction to experiences camping and growing up as latch-key kids. This book grabs listeners from the intro that includes the quote, ?And we love libraries. Never change? (Pandering? Maybe. But effective!) to the copyright information. Fans of the podcast will definitely want to stick around through the end to hear if Hardstark?s cat, Elvis, wants a cookie. Spoiler: he does. Those who are not familiar with the podcast will find plenty to relate to, laugh at, and cry along with, and will likely find themselves seeking out the podcast to continue listening to this wry duo. The audio is a mix of live and studio readings by the authors and includes cameos by Paul Giamatti and Hardstark?s father. Kilgariff and Hardstarck also interview each other in a way that suggests a brief and hilarious commercial break. Offer this to listeners who enjoy memoirs by comedians, self-help books, podcasts, true crime, or just an irreverent personal story. Stay sexy and listen to this audiobook. Copyright 2019 Booklist Reviews.

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