• The Wreckage of My Presence

  • Essays
  • By: Casey Wilson
  • Narrated by: Casey Wilson
  • Length: 6 hrs and 28 mins
  • 4.7 out of 5 stars (1,621 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

"Magnificent." (People Magazine)

The instant New York Times best seller: laugh-out-loud, deeply insightful, and emotion-filled essays from multitalented actress, comedian, podcaster, and writer Casey Wilson.

Casey Wilson has a lot on her mind and she isn’t afraid to share. In this dazzling collection, each essay skillfully constructed and brimming with emotion, she shares her thoughts on the joys and vagaries of modern-day womanhood and motherhood, introduces the not-quite-typical family that made her who she is, and persuasively argues that lowbrow pop culture is the perfect lens through which to examine human nature.

Whether she’s extolling the virtues of eating in bed, processing the humiliation over her father’s late in life perm, mourning her mother's passing, or revealing her patented method for keeping the mystery alive in a marriage, Casey is witty, candid, and full of poignant and funny surprises. Humorous dives into her obsessions and areas of personal expertise - self-help, nice guys, cool girls (not her) and how to receive visitors in the bath - are matched by touching meditations on female friendship, anger, grief, motherhood, and identity. 

Reading The Wreckage of My Presence is like spending time with a close friend - a deeply passionate, full-tilt, joyous, excessive, compulsive, shameless, hungry-for-it-all, loyal, cheerleading friend. A friend who is ready for any big feelings that come her way - and isn’t afraid to embrace them.

©2021 Casey Wilson (P)2021 HarperCollins Publishers

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Would have been 5 stars without the political commentary

Incredibly entertaining and perfectly narrated by the author. Would have been 5 stars if she had resisted the compulsory Trump bashing that is required of everyone in Hollywood

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it's ok

I found some of this book annoying...kind of like listening to the Kardashian's talk...mostly vapid & annoying. I was hoping this book would get better but sadly, it was just ok. There were a few moments that were likable- when she talks about her children, husband & family but the rest just seemed self-serving & an opportunity to name drop. The worst part of this book is the baby talk part at the beginning...ugh. painful to listen to.

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Laugh out loud funny

I’ve been listening to Casey for years on Bitch Sesssh and have been anticipating the release of this book. She has not disappointed! Wow! Laughing out loud. So grateful Casey did her own audiobook - could listen to her for hours which I am currently doing!

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Near perfect

I’ve never written a review for a book before but felt compelled. This book might possibly be the most perfect blend of funny, heartfelt, engaging and endearing. I laughed out loud and teared up. All the feels! I was already a Casey Wilson fan to begin with, but I am even more so now.

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New Favorite Book!!

What a refreshing upbeat tongue in cheek honest and open book!! So relatable!! Casey is very brave to put her deepest and darkest secrets out there! Thanks for cluing me in about overeaters anonymous because I’m not that fat……but wow do the whys resonate and I am 54….I will also stop responding to text messages with “ok” and “k” immediately!!

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Highly relatable

I think most women in their 30s will feel the same way. Funny and worth the listen!

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wow the feels....

I absolutely love the book! I listen to it all the way through in the first time. I possibly couldn't have found a more perfect friend in my head than Casey I listen to her podcast and her book made me realize that we shared similar tragedies and milestones in our life other than acting I don't act. my favorite part actually was probably one of the saddest parts of the book when she apologizes to her mother for something simple but it just touched me. I actually loved listening to her read and tell her own story then inflexion in her voice made me feel the stories more I would highly recommend.

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Better person for having read this

This is touching, hysterical and unforgettable. Read this book / listen to this audio. It will stay with you.

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I am on my third listen

Truly a fantastic book. Love hearing the author tell it in her own voice. Only thing I want to listen to right now.

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Absolutely loved!

It was vulnerable and honest and real. Casey went there in terms of her mother, her son, her career. Thank you for the vulnerability and truth.

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  • cherie
  • 01-27-22

Laughed out loud

I loved it! Just the escape I needed. So honest, bright and funny and made me laugh so much sometimes and maybe shed a little tear! Fantastic!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-06-22

Wow wow wow

Casey is so funny, so smart and so heart wrenching. All of my favourite things. Loved hearing her tell these stories- they’re beautifully written and engaging. More, more, more!

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  • elizabeth
  • 08-25-21

Hilarious and moving

I love this - I've listened to a few essay collections recently and this is by far my favourite (found Rachel Bloom's very hit and miss). She's incredibly likeable (although I did find the text exchange with her husband chapter a bit grating) but I really enjoyed the rest of the book. I was genuinely moved at points and laughed out loud several times.

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  • Louise d
  • 06-20-21

fantastic

love her. love her reading it. love the essays. love the range of emotions
love it

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  • VK
  • 06-15-21

Everything you want it to be and more

This book feels like an old friend chatting to you about their life, smart, hilarious, touching and real, you don’t need to be a fan of Casey’s to fall in love with these wonderful essays. (But it helps!) Loved it.

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  • Nakerva
  • 06-15-21

Funny and poignant

I love Casey Rose Wilson and after listening to this book, I love her even more. Thank you thank you thank you!

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  • C. F.
  • 06-04-21

Sweet and witty

Lovely, funny but also sad, as life is if we could all break life moments into essays to help us figure it out. Really liked it. The narration is so good, feels like a chatting with a friend who is candid and unapologetically herself! <3

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  • aimee paton
  • 05-27-21

Loved it.

I didn’t want it to end!! Absolutely brilliant book. So honest and reassuring. Want more.

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  • Robyn Quinn
  • 05-11-21

Brilliant, Amazing, Wonderful!

I went into this expecting funny and ended up getting everything. It’s hilarious, heartbreaking, uplifting and just honestly an amazing book.

Thank you Casey for writing this ❤️

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  • Anonymous User
  • 11-26-21

This book changed the way I look at my own relationship with my parents

I heard of this title from plugs on podcasts I listen to (The Deep Dive and Comedy Bang Bang - both hosted by people mentioned by Casey in the Acknowledgements section). I don’t know what I was expecting, but I was blown away by this audio book. A great mix of fun, funny and heart breaking. Hearing it in Casey’s voice really brought it to life, and I loved it.

I’m not usually a fan of autobiographies, but the essay form really worked for me. The stories were riveting. I can’t recommend this highly enough.

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  • Angie o.
  • 08-27-21

Loved this

I had no expectations and knowledge of Casey but I felt like I was listening to a best friend - we were the same in so many ways - read it enjoy - it's well worth it -

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  • Samantha O'Meara
  • 08-02-21

Funny, touching and memorable

I loved Casey's unique way of weaving these essays together.Building each character susinctly and objectively.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 07-25-21

A wonderful listen.

This was everything that I hoped it would be. Casey writes with such clarity and hilarity mixed with honest self conversation and awareness. This was amazing!

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  • Anonymous User
  • 06-06-21

Brilliant.

Casey Wilson is absolutely hilarious. Cannot recommend enough - finished in one day without even realising!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 05-08-21

loved it

Enjoyable, funny & touching.
a very easy listen, casey is entertaining, hilarious & down to earth.

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  • Melinda B.
  • 05-05-21

So good

I absolutely loved this book and even more having Casey narrate it. Relatable and funny.