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Legs Get Led Astray (Paperback)
"This collection of essays made me believe in creative nonfiction all
over again. Caldwell's energetic, open style feels like listening to a
friend tell you stories at a bar. And let me tell you - these are
exactly the kinds of stories my friends would tell. Love, drugs,
mothers, masturbation, intense friendship, a bleu cheeseburger after an
orgy; Caldwell holds nothing back. This is the life of a young woman
laid blissfully bare, from her conversations with the kids she's
babysitting (hilarious and poignant) to parties with Strand booksellers
(oh, we booksellers really are the same all over the world). Caldwell's honesty is
so welcome, so fun, and so touching."
Literary Nonfiction. LEGS GET LED ASTRAY is a provocative collection of essays that vividly rockets the reader through one young woman's life. Chloe Caldwell beautifully and bluntly escorts you through her childhood dreams, her first loves, her most unguarded sexual exploits, bookstore crushes, babysitting jobs, heartbroken wanderlust, and the suicide of a lost lover. Caldwell's writing remarkably explores the genre of personal nonfiction and has been featured in The Rumpus, The Faster Times, and Mr. Beller's Neighborhood, The Nervous Breakdown, and Everyday Genius.
"Chloe Caldwell's LEGS GET LED ASTRAY is a scorching hot glitter box of youthful despair and dark delight. Tender and sharp, wide-eyed and searching, these essays have a reckless beauty that feels to me like magic." Cheryl Strayed
"Prepare to shed skin. Chloe Caldwell's essays will dare you to dissect your own life. Shot-through with sexuality and sass, her language will get up in you and turn you inside out in the best possible way." Lidia Yuknavitch.