You're on an Airplane: A Self-Mythologizing Memoir (Hardcover)
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A National Bestseller
Have you ever wondered what it would be like talk to Parker Posey? On an airplane, with Parker as your seat companion, perhaps? Parker’s irreverent, hilarious, and enchanting memoir gives you the opportunity. Full of personal stories, whimsical how-tos, recipes, and beautiful handmade collages created by the author herself, You’re On an Airplane is a delight in every way.
In her first book, actress and star of movies such as Dazed and Confused, Party Girl, You’ve Got Mail, The House of Yes, and so many more, Posey opens up about the art of acting, life on the set, and the realities of its accompanying fame. A funny and colorful southern 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 whimsical, hilarious, always entertaining book. Parker takes us into her childhood home, behind the scenes of the indie film revolution in the 90s, the delightful absurdity of the big-budget genre thrillers she’s turned into art in a whole new way, and the creativity that will always be part of both her acting and her personal life.
With Posey’s memorable, hilarious, and poignant voice, her book gives the reader a feeling of traveling through not only a memoir, but an exploration, meditation, and celebration of what it means to be an artist. Buckle up and enjoy the journey.
About the Author
Parker Posey is well known for her work with many independent filmmakers of her generation, including Richard Linklater, Hal Hartley, Zoe Cassavettes, and Rebecca Miller. Following her breakout role in the cult hit Dazed and Confused, she starred in Christopher Guest’s classic mockumentaries and appeared in such Hollywood films as You've Got Mail, Superman Returns, Josie and the Pussycats, Scream 3, and Blade Trinity. Posey currently plays Dr. Smith in Netflix’s remake of Lost in Space.
“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