S5 E9 Wendelin Van Draanen, Kristina Kuzmic, Tara Schuster
On the Podcast: Wendelin Van Draanen, Kristina Kuzmic, and Tara Schuster

In this episode, meet Wendelin Van Draanen, author of Hope in the Mail, Kristina Kuzmic, author of Hold On, But Don’t Hold Still, and Tara Schuster, author of Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies.

Each of these authors has written a memoir full of insight, humor, and warmth. Now it’s time to go behind the mic and hear the unvarnished truth about what it was like for them to record their own work. Plus, find out who likes to listen to audiobooks while cooking a famously epic rice dish.

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Part writing guide and part memoir, this inspiring audiobook from the author of Flipped and The Running Dream is like Bird by Bird for YA readers and writers. Wendelin Van Draanen didn’t grow up wanting to be a writer, but thirty books later, she’s convinced that writing saved her life. In this audiobook she shares what she’s learned—about writing, life, and what it takes to live the writing life. Hope in the Mail is a wildly inspirational read for anyone with a story to share.

Delivering inspiration and “parenting comedy at its finest,” (The Huffington Post) here is one woman’s story of ditching her fairytale dreams and falling in love with her unpredictable, chaotic, imperfect life.

Kristina Kuzmic has made herself a household name, speaking directly to mothers from the trenches of parenthood via her viral videos and social media presence. She is now bringing her message of self-acceptance, resilience, and joy to audiobook listeners. With a refreshingly unpretentious, funny, and galvanizing voice, Kuzmic goes behind the scenes to reveal how she went from broke and defeated to unshakably grounded and brimming with thankfulness.

From the vice president of Comedy Central comes a brutally honest, hilarious audiobook about the hard-won lessons in learning to love and care for yourself. By the time she was in her late twenties, Tara Schuster was a rising TV executive who had worked for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart and helped launch Key & Peele to viral superstardom. No one knew that her road to adulthood had been paved with depression, anxiety, and shame. Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies is the story of Tara’s path to re-parenting herself and becoming a “ninja of self-love.”

“Compelling, persuasive, and useful no matter where you are in your life.”—Chelsea Handler, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Life Will Be the Death of Me

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