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You're on an Airplane
A Self-Mythologizing Memoir
By (author): Parker Posey
9780735218192 Hardcover English General Trade BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Entertainment & Performing Arts Jul 24, 2018
$37.00 CAD
Active 6.3 x 9.3 x 1.1 in 320 pages B/W ILLUSTRATIONS T/O Blue Rider Press
From the “Queen of the Indies” and star of Christopher Guest’s Waiting for Guffman and Best in Show, Woody Allen’s Café Society and Irrational Man—and cult classics including Party Girl and Dazed and Confused—comes an irreverent, hilarious, and enchanting memoir full of personal stories, whimsical how-tos, recipes, and eccentric illustrations.

It’s hard not to love Parker Posey. A singularly gifted actress with a wickedly funny personality that belies her movie star status, her cross-generational fame stems from starring roles in such unforgettable movies as Dazed and Confused, Party Girl, and You’ve Got Mail, and her recurring roles in Christopher Guest’s mockumentaries, including his most recent, Mascots, on Netflix.

With remarkable candor and a refreshing perspective on life in the spotlight, Posey opens up about the art of acting, life on the set, and the realities of its accompanying fame. She explores her relationships with brilliant directors like Christopher Guest and Woody Allen, as well as the nerves and expectations that come with the territory. A funny and authentic childhood prepared Posey for a life of creating and entertaining, which not only extends to acting but to the craft of pottery, sewing, collage, yoga and cooking, all of which readers will find in this highly entertaining book. In You’re On an Airplane, Posey delves into her personal style—unique, famously inspiring, and never indebted to trends—as well as her approach to everyday life on and off set. Laugh-out-loud advice from her legendary Greenwich Village therapist Mildred Newman appears alongside poignant portrayals of painful relationships and the love she has for her dog, Gracie. For fans of Nora Ephron’s spot-on commentary, Jenny Lawson’s absurdly comical foibles, Amy Sedaris’s unexpectedly hilarious quips, and Carrie Brownstein’s cool-girl appeal, You’re On an Airplane proves Posey has a voice that will enchant fans and old and new alike.

AN INCREDIBLE CAREER: Posey has a devoted following due to her consistently brilliant roles in movies and television, including: Dazed and Confused, Coneheads, Party Girl, Waiting for Guffman, You’ve Got Mail, The House of Yes, Best in Show, A Mighty Wind, For Your Consideration, Blade: Trinity, Superman Returns, Parks and Recreation, The Big C, The Good Wife, Portlandia, Bored to Death, and Inside Amy Schumer. Most recently, Parker has starred in films such as Woody Allen’s Irrational Man and Café Society, Mascots, My Art, The Architect, and The Brits Are Coming. She’ll be in the upcoming film Columbus, and Netflix’s remake of Lost in Space, as well as Jesse Eisenberg’s new TV series, Bream Gives Me Hiccups.

BEHIND THE SCENES: Posey writes beautifully about her acting methods and her work with directors with very different directing styles. You’re On an Airplane is educational and eye-opening for casual fans and seasoned actors alike.

AUTHOR CONNECTIONS: Posey has personal and professional relationships with an impressive array of public figures—think Martha Stewart, Marc Maron, Anderson Cooper, Amy Schumer, Lena Dunham, Amy Poehler, Sarah Jessica Parker, Matthew McConaughey, and more—many of whom will enthusiastically support the book.

CURRENTLY ON: You can watch Posey on TBS’s Search Party and Netflix’s Mascots.

Parker Posey recently appeared in Woody Allen’s latest two films, Café Society and Irrational Man. Posey is known for her work with Christopher Guest, starring in his classic mockumentaries, as well as for her work with many Independent filmmakers of her generation such as Richard Linklater, Hal Hartley, Zoe Cassavettes, and Rebecca Miller. She’s appeared in such Hollywood films as You’ve Got Mail, Superman Returns, Josie and the Pussycats, Scream 3, and Blade Trinity. Posey’s latest film, Columbus, directed by Kogonada and starring John Cho, will premiere at Sundance. She will appear in a new series written and directed by Jesse Eisenberg based on his book Bream Gives Me Hiccups. Posey is currently playing Dr. Smith in Netflix’s remake of Lost in Space.

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“Posey has a lot to say in You’re on an Airplane … Her style may seem dotty, but it’s actually searingly direct. She tackles personal challenges that must have been painful…but still manages to find some loopy joy in the experience… She writes, jauntily, about her insecurities–her candor might even make you feel jaunty about your own.”

“A charming flight of fancy for Parker Posey.”
The Columbus Dispatch

“Excellent…a celebration of peculiarity.”—Vogue

“[You’re on an Airplane] plays out on the page like an intimate performance you’re privileged by chance to have caught…sublimely entertaining.”—The Weekly Standard

“[Parker Posey] has deigned to bless us with her infinite wisdom and enough personal anecdotes to satiate even her most rabid fans. Glory be: she has a narrative voice! And it’s just as funny and insouciant as you might hope!”—Booklist

“[Parker] writes hilariously and thoughtfully.”Kirkus Reviews

“Posey’s narrative is lighthearted and amusing, and it reveals her strong and independent spirit and serious devotion to acting. Indie film fans will especially enjoy this energetic romp through Posey’s vibrant film career.”Publishers Weekly

“Irreverent in the best way possible.”HelloGiggles


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