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Elissa Schappell

Blueprints for Building Better Girls (Simon & Schuster)

Elissa Schappell visits Skylight Books to read and sign her acclaimed short story collection, Blueprints for Building Better Girls!

"Elissa Schappell's voice is so lively, smart, and honest--reading these stories is like sitting on a bench with a great friend and talking for hours about what's really going on. Schappell's such an incisive observer but she sees what she sees with big generosity and humor and warmth--what a pleasure to read these bursts of life!" --Aimee Bender, author of The Particular Sadness of Lemon Cake

"The women in Elissa Schappell's new story collection ought to come with a warning label. Danger: Contents under pressure. Emotionally sensitive compounds may be present. Toxic sentiments could be released if disturbed or shaken. . . . Keep hands out of reach at all times, because also: These women bite. . . . Schappell's stories acutely evoke the disorientation induced in women by our culture's barrage of mixed messages . . . . [Schappell] is a diva of the encapsulating phrase, capable of conveying a Pandora's box of feeling in a single line." --Jennifer B. McDonald, The New York Times Book Review

Elissa Schappell is the author of two books of fiction, Blueprints for Building Better Girls, and Use Me, which was a finalist for the PEN/Hemingway award, a New York Times Notable Book, and a Los Angeles Times Best Book of the Year. She is co-editor with Jenny Offill of two anthologies, The Friend Who Got Away and Money Changes Everything. She is a Contributing Editor at Vanity Fair where she writes the Hot Type column, and a Founding Editor, now Editor-at-Large, of Tin House. She teaches in the creative writing department at NYU and lives in Brooklyn.

Photo of the author by Emily Tobey.

Event date: 
Sunday, October 9, 2011 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
90027 Los Angeles
Blueprints for Building Better Girls Cover Image
ISBN: 9780743276702
Availability: Special Order
Published: Simon & Schuster - September 6th, 2011

From the acclaimed author of Use Me, eight
provocative and darkly funny linked stories that explore the commonly
shared, but rarely spoken of experiences that build girls into women and
women into wives and mothers, mapping America's shifting cultural
landscape from the late 1970s to the present day.