“A gutsy book you need to read right now. Filled with heart and humor, it’s scary good.” —Courtney Love
Unwifeable is the “riveting” (Cheryl Strayed), “inspirational” (Issa Rae), “hilarious” (Candace Bushnell) debut memoir from notorious dating columnist Mandy Stadtmiller that is destined to “blow you away” (Colin Quinn). Critics call it “phenomenal” (Cat Marnell), “unflinching” (Elle), “brilliant” (BBC), “outrageously entertaining” (Booklist) and “a must-read” (BuzzFeed).
Provocative, fearless, and dizzyingly uncensored, Mandy spills every secret she knows about dating, networking, comedy, celebrity, media, psychology, relationships, addiction, and the quest to find one’s true nature. She takes readers behind the scenes (and name names) as she relays her utterly addictive journey.
Starting in 2005, Mandy picks up everything to move across the country to Manhattan, looking for a fresh start. She is newly divorced, thirty-years-old, with a dream job at the New York Post. She is ready to conquer the city, the industry, the world. But underneath the glitz and glamour, there is a darker side threatening to surface. The drug-fueled, never-ending party starts off as thrilling…but grows ever-terrifying. Too many blackout nights and scary decisions begin to add up. As she searches for the truth behind the façade, Mandy realizes that falling in love won’t fix her—until she learns to accept herself first.
This is a true New York fairy tale brought to life—Sex and the City on acid. Perfect for when “you feel stuck in some way and wish to become unstuck” (Caroline Kepnes), you’all soon see why Unwifeable is one of the best reviewed, most beloved memoirs of the year.
About the Author
Mandy Stadtmiller is a columnist and comedian who has written for New York magazine, the New York Post, the Washington Post, TimeOut, Maxim, Penthouse, and many more. As editor-at-large of xoJane, she was responsible for many of the most popular articles of all time on the site, including Belle Knox, Charlotte Laws, and Stephanie Cegielski. She lives in New York with her husband.
"One of the "Best Books of 2018." —Refinery29
"There's honest, and then there's honest. This book is so honest it will blow you away. With Unwifeable, Stadtmiller establishes herself as the Erica Jong of her generation—with storytelling as addictive as Jay McInerney." —Colin Quinn
"The filthiest—and most moving—fairy tale you'll ever read." —SheSaid
"A blisteringly candid depiction of party-girl carnage and the struggle to stop pointing the gun directly at your own foot. Mandy Stadtmiller is funny, messy, and real. I couldn't put this book down." —Sarah Hepola, New York Times bestselling author of Blackout
"Candid, messy and outrageously funny." —PureWow
"Many of us hide our warts and scars, but Mandy celebrates them with such humor. Unwifeable is dark, honest, and always entertaining." —Jim Gaffigan, New York Times bestselling author of Dad is Fat
"In her hilarious yet earnest memoir, dating columnist Mandy Stadtmiller chronicles high-profile hookups – only to realize it's not who you’re with, but who you are that truly matters." —US Weekly
"An act of true unburdening." —The New Yorker
"I loved reading Unwifeable. A fascinating kind of chaos with the realization of addiction, and then recovery. What stood out to me most was Mandy Stadtmiller's optimism all the way through." —Fred Armisen, creator and star of Portlandia
"One of the "most rewarding experiences of 2018." —Shondaland
"Wonderful, funny, heartbreaking, and redemptive." —Kimberly Rae Miller, New York Times bestselling author of Coming Clean
"Unwifeable is at once an inspiring coming-of-age story, a visceral addiction memoir, and an extended gossip column full of bold-face names—like its brash-yet-sensitive, goofy-yet-glamourous author, this book amounts to much more than the sum of its fascinating parts." —Sarah Knight, New York Times bestselling author of The Life Changing Magic of Not Giving a F***
"Unforgettable and unputdownable. I loved it." —Pamela Redmond Satran, New York Times bestselling author of Younger
"A hit book…She spills secrets." —Bravo
"A savagely personal memoir that pulls no punches when it comes to exposing its author's humanity. It's as deeply intimate as it is extremely relatable. Mandy Stadtmiller is a stunning writer, equally comedic and sobering." —Ira Madison III, columnist for The Daily Beast
"If all people were as entertaining and vigilant about excavating their self-deceptions, desires, and fears, clowns like me would have no one to write books for." —Greg Behrendt, New York Times bestselling author of He’s Just Not That Into You
"Brilliant." —Jon Ronson, New York Times bestselling author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed
"Mandy Stadtmiller speaks the unspeakable in Unwifeable: All those things you think, but never tell anyone. And all those things you do, and hope no one finds out. Mandy lays it all out, and in the process, gets to the real issues of healing and self-discovery." —Neil Strauss, nine-time New York Times best-selling author
"Smart, funny, warm, brave, generous, totally raw, sometimes shocking, Unwifeable is filled with wisdom, insight and profundity about a lot of things – authenticity, self-discovery, stand-up, connection, stigma shattering, and yes, even parenting. It's also a wonderful love story. Mandy Stadtmiller is a true voice and a real talent." —Amy Chua, New York Times bestselling author of Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother
"Genius." —Artie Lange, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Too Fat to Fish
"Unwifeable is a hilarious, unfiltered plunge; its laugh-out-loud candor will have you rolling on the floor, then getting up and cheering for Mandy every step of the way." —Jill Kargman, creator and star of Odd Mom Out
"Equal parts hilarious and heartbreaking. It's one of those books that you read when you just want to feel like someone else GETS IT." —Abigail Breslin, Academy-Award-nominated actress
"Mandy Stadtmiller has written a rollicking and wildly honest tale that includes lots of sex, vodka, Andy Dick, comedy and self-doubt. The big disappointment was that it ended and I had to go back to my life, which is a lot less interesting than Mandy's." —AJ Jacobs, New York Times bestselling author of The Year of Living Biblically
"She's brash, she's sexy, and she's scary real. Mandy's optimism throughout her gritty growth is insightful and enlightening. She makes you feel alive." —Sonja Morgan, entrepreneur and star of Real Housewives of New York
"So rewarding." —Charlaine Harris, #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Sookie Stackhouse series