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The First Ten Years

By: Joseph Fink,Meg Bashwiner
Narrated by: Joseph Fink,Meg Bashwiner
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A sometimes hilarious, occasionally heartbreaking, and always entertaining joint memoir by Joseph Fink, cocreator of Welcome to Night Vale, and his wife, writer and performer Meg Bashwiner, chronicling the first 10 years of their relationship from both sides.

There are two sides to every love story.

In 2009, 22-year-old Joseph Fink, newly arrived to New York City from the West Coast, was juggling odd jobs to pay the rent and volunteering with a theater company in the East Village so he could snag free tickets to their shows.

Meg Bashwiner, a 22-year-old aspiring performer and playwright, was living with her parents in New Jersey, working a desk job and commuting to her internship with that same East Village theater company.

Joseph and Meg's stories meet when they both find themselves selling tickets in a cramped box office. They quickly became friends. Within a year, they were a couple. Within five years they were touring the world, performing on some of the world's greatest and not so great stages.

In this candid, soul-baring memoir, Joseph and Meg recount their first 10 years together, each telling their story as they remember it, without having consulted the other. We hear both sides of their first kiss, first breakup, first getting back together, the death of a father, marriage, international fame, world tours, mental illness, and discussions about having children. Sometimes, they recall things differently - neither agrees on who paid for the morning after pill on their first date. Sometimes they remember the exact same details in the same way - but still have their own narrative on just what those details mean.

Poignant, funny, and real, alternately told in Joseph and Meg’s remarkably different, yet equally compelling voices, The First Ten Years is the story of two individuals finding their way in the world and becoming "adults" as they learn to become a couple. 

©2021 Joseph Fink and Meg Bashwiner (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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A fun glimpse into a good marriage

If you're hoping for a book full of Night Vale stories and behind-the-scenes stuff, that's not the point of this book. But as a fan, I enjoyed the occasional mention. If you're not a fan, you won't be missing anything here (but you are in life - go listen to Night Vale and Alice Isn't Dead immediately!). I enjoy their voices both literally and figuratively, so was very happy with the audiobook. Funny without being flippant. Honest without being narcissistically vulgar. Can't wait for the next 10 years!

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10/10 - guaranteed to make you smile

i love the nightvale podcast and was intrigued by the format of the book being two sides of the same story. some of the chapters have overlap - because theyre explaining the same year - but it's not repetitive even in those overlapping moments. its extremely charming how they talk about each other, and actually funny when you can tell there was some disagreeing on the finer details. its also honest about some of their low points without ruining the overall happy feeling.

if you're in a relationship, it will give you those warm feelings because its relatable & reading about love makes you think about love. and if you're single, it will make you believe in love without making you feel bad if you aren't in love.

10/10 will read again

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I have never felt so close to strangers in my life.

I have been a fan of Joseph and Meg’s work since a friend recommended I start listening to Nightvale in 2012/2013. I have always found them and their art odd… Odd in the way some people eat cheddar cheese and apple pie together, not always my flavor of odd but enjoyable and relatable.

This is a beautiful telling of a real relationship that works because the two people in it are eachother’s flavors of odd. I found myself identifying strongly with Meg throughout her moments of self reflection and admire Joseph’s love for the parts of her that she doesn’t always love.

I love their love and this telling of it is beautiful and sometimes heartbreaking.

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Nice story

I enjoyed it overall but the political views and hopelessness portrayed with Trumps presidency reflect a naive and uneducated view of the world and detracted from the story.

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A love story and so much more

This was a beautiful retelling of a love story from two different perspectives. it shows how our memories overlap and differ with those we love. In a lot of ways it's also about growing up and into who you really are. There is a lot of beautiful vulnerability and honesty in this story. I highly recommend it.

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It was truly an honor to have listened to this funny, joyous, heartbreaking, and utterly relatable love story, especially as narrated by the authors.

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I like these two and their stories

i have listened the whole thing and i'm glad that i did it, great book

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My heart just exploded

This is such a beautiful recount - full of heart and nostalgia. Particularly spesh for lovers of theater and late night New York ❤️ I laughed, I cried, I reminisced on my own loves through theirs.

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You should read this book

I am grateful to have read this book and I believe that you will be too.

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Great narration, a very cute couple. Makes me hopeful that such a relationship is possible.

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