Reading Kelly Oxford's books is like having a conversation with a very sharp-witted friend who notices every bit of humiliating behavior occurring around her but nonetheless takes almost nothing seriously. Based now in L.A., the Canadian screenwriter took the mundane details of living in Edmonton and transformed them into her first book of essays, Everything Is Perfect When You're a Liar (2013) — even if she had to catalog and ruthlessly dissect every one of the quirks of her family's personal lives. In her new follow-up, When You Find Out the World Is Against You: and Other Funny Memories About Awful Moments, Oxford juxtaposes her childhood ambition of learning to make out at camp with the responsibilities of being a parent while also remarking on "the insanity of a posse of internet poodle vigilantes." She discusses the new book with like-minded sarcastic actor Busy Philipps (Freaks and Geeks, Cougar Town).
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