WEIRD BUT NORMAL (HarperOne | Out now!)

Weird but Normal by Mia Mercado
Cover art by my biological twin, Kelly Castor

Birth control. Body hair removal cream. Boobs. It’s all weird, but also pretty normal.

Navigating racial identity, gender roles, workplace dynamics, and beauty standards, Mia Mercado’s hilarious essay collection explores the contradictions of being a millennial woman, which usually means being kind of a weirdo.

With sharp humor and wit, Mia shares the awkward, uncomfortable, surprisingly ordinary parts of life, and shows us why it’s strange to feel fine and fine to feel strange.

“As a deeply uncomfortable depressed midwest person, I relate to this excruciatingly hilarious book more than I’d like to admit.” 
Samantha Irby, New York Times best-selling author who still has a blog

“Mia Mercado’s writing is hilarious, warm, relatable, confessional and emotional. Her writing leaps off the page! But not literally. That would be horrible. Imagine writing leaping off the page, soiling your house. Just awful.”
Megan Amram, writer/producer of The Good Place & The Simpsons

“Wry, cutting, often silly…Fans of Samantha Irby and Sloane Crosley will want to take a look at this feminist, millennial, and comedic delight.”

“We’ll all need a giant dose of humor this year and Mia Mercado’s collection of essays will make you laugh out loud at the ridiculous truths of being a human.”
Ms. Magazine’s list of feminist books to read in 2020

“If you and your friends have ever remarked on the utter strangeness of life as Millennial women, you’re going to relate hard to Bustle staff writer Mia Mercado’s Weird But Normal.”
— Bustle’s 24 Most Anticipated Books Of May 2020

“Whether she’s tackling universal topics like the joy of shopping at Target or zeroing in on discussing racial identity, each one of her essays is insightful, funny, and a joy to read.”
— Pop Sugar’s 30 Best New Books To Dive Into This Summer

Weird But Normal was selected as an Indie Next Pick for June 2020

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