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The Resource 30 before 30 : how I made a mess of my 20s, and you can too, Marina Shifrin

30 before 30 : how I made a mess of my 20s, and you can too, Marina Shifrin

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30 before 30 : how I made a mess of my 20s, and you can too
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30 before 30
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how I made a mess of my 20s, and you can too
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Marina Shifrin
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Thirty before thirty
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how I made a mess of my twenties, and you can too
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A charming, relatable and hilarious collection of essays documenting a young woman's attempt to accomplish thirty life goals before turning thirty. Something was nagging Marina Shifrin. As a freshly minted adult with student loan payments, a barely hospitable New York apartment, a "real" job she hated that paid her enough to get by if she also worked two other jobs, something needed to change. Over a few bottles of Two Buck Chuck, Marina and her friend each made lists of thirty things they'd do before the age of thirty. The first thing on Marina's list was, "Quit My Shitty Job." So she did, and just like that the List powered her through her twenties. In 30 Before 30, Marina takes readers through her list and shares personal stories about achieving those goals. Ranging in scope from the simple (Ride A Bike Over the Brooklyn Bridge, Donate Hair) to the life-changing (Move to A Different Country, Become internet Famous), each story shows readers that we don't all have it figured out, and that's okay. But for Marina, she did become internet famous (a viral video of her quitting her job after moving to Asia has nearly 19 million views on You Tube) and now writes for Comedy Central's hit show @Midnight, is also an in-demand stand up, and had a very popular Modern Love column published in the New York Times. None of that would have happened if she didn't start her list that night. Thank you, Two Buck Chuck. Told with humor and heart, 30 Before 30 will entertain, motivate, and challenge readers to get out of their comfort zones and live their best lives
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  • Shifrin, a standup comedian and TV writer, debuts with a ribald and witty collection of essays. Each piece is devoted to a specific wish made and fulfilled over the course of her 20s, including “Fall in Love (for Real)” and “Buy Real Furniture.” Shifrin’s intention, she writes, is not to boast, but to encourage readers to “dominate twenties too.” She proves an affable narrator, combining humor with self-effacement. In the opening essay, “Go to a Nude Beach,” she documents how she overcame discomfort with her body, declaring, “Maintaining and projecting a body that’s considered to be a ‘wonderland’ is an unreasonable standard and also a waste of time.” Through the hangovers and failed romances over the rest of the book, she remains perceptive and charming. As the daughter of Russian immigrants, she continually reflects on her luck in being born “a few lost documents away from brutal Soviet oppression—or at least that’s what my parents tell me.” Hand-drawn illustrations, including a “Dating Gesture Timeline” and a graph measuring “Emotional Needs Vs. Dog Size,” appear throughout. In Shifrin’s journey to confidence and success, she provides a genuinely inspirational example without ever taking herself too seriously. Agent: Anthony Mattero, Foundry + Media. (July)
			 --Staff (Reviewed 04/16/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 16, p)
  • A quirky list of accomplishments in memoir form. "Being an immigrant is akin to surviving a near-death experience—minus the excitement," writes debut author Shifrin. "You constantly feel like you were given a second shot at life, and you want that shot to amount to something spectacular." Originally from Russia, the author was turning 30 when she set out to write this book. She explains how her life was full of excitement, especially her 20s, which she calls "sloppy, sexy, sometimes sweet." In preparation for her birthday, Shifrin established a list of all the things she needed to do before she hit 30. The book gathers the items on the list, each one with an accompanying story. Among the goals she set: take a writing class, live in a different country, land a late-night comedy set, fall in love (for real), buy real furniture, have a dramatic airport reunion, learn how to dress my body, etc. "I am living proof," she writes, "that you can blossom from an awkward caterpillar into an awkward butterfly—a sharply dressed awkward butterfly who commands attention because she is comfortable in her clothing and looks like a consummate, trendy professional." Shifrin continually tries to grasp why any said item on the list is integral to her development. When she moved to Taiwan for a "shitty job," she quickly realized that even though she managed to leave America and live abroad, the abuse she endured at her work was not worth the limited opportunities her job offered her. The author also shuffled through a series of uncommitted relationships before she found the man with everything she looked for in a partner. Throughout, Shifrin gives readers a taste of what successful self-deprecation looks like; she constantly pokes fun at herself, analyzing the situations she put herself in and figuring out how they affected her journey. An entertaining bucket-list tale. (Kirkus Reviews, June 1, 2018)
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Shifrin, Marina
Dewey number
818/.602
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illustrations
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no index present
LC call number
PN6231.A26
LC item number
S555 2018
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non fiction
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how I made a mess of my 20s, and you can too
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Go to a nude beach -- Ride bike across Brooklyn Bridge -- Become a muse -- Take a writing class -- Adopt a dog -- Donate hair -- Have a dramatic airport reunion -- Live in a different country -- Learn how to dress my body -- Submit an essay to the New York Times -- Learn to drink -- Go to India -- Quit shitty job -- Become famous -- Meet Roe Conn -- Take a city bus tour -- Do a late-night set -- Tell a story at The Moth -- Fall in love (for real) -- Move back to New York -- Buy real furniture -- Sell a painting -- Watch all three Godfather movies -- Eat a meal alone -- Cook a five-course meal -- Find a job I love -- Fly first class -- Become a good host -- Visit Russia -- Write a book -- Appendix: "A life plan for two, followed by one."
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21 cm
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First edition.
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x, 318 pages
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9781250129710
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2018013974
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  • on1035776785
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30 before 30 : how I made a mess of my 20s, and you can too, Marina Shifrin
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Go to a nude beach -- Ride bike across Brooklyn Bridge -- Become a muse -- Take a writing class -- Adopt a dog -- Donate hair -- Have a dramatic airport reunion -- Live in a different country -- Learn how to dress my body -- Submit an essay to the New York Times -- Learn to drink -- Go to India -- Quit shitty job -- Become famous -- Meet Roe Conn -- Take a city bus tour -- Do a late-night set -- Tell a story at The Moth -- Fall in love (for real) -- Move back to New York -- Buy real furniture -- Sell a painting -- Watch all three Godfather movies -- Eat a meal alone -- Cook a five-course meal -- Find a job I love -- Fly first class -- Become a good host -- Visit Russia -- Write a book -- Appendix: "A life plan for two, followed by one."
Dimensions
21 cm
Edition
First edition.
Extent
x, 318 pages
Isbn
9781250129710
Lccn
2018013974
Media category
unmediated
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rdamedia
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  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
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  • on1035776785
  • (OCoLC)1035776785

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