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Man Repeller: Seeking Love. Finding Overalls. Hardcover – September 10, 2013
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Medine is known to fashion lovers as both the voice behind the blog turned style website Man Repeller and the original Man Repeller herself. The girl-power philosophy behind the name implies that enjoying fashion for its art and dressing accordingly can be subversive, empowering, and, often, confusing to the opposite sex. Medine writes in a style tributary to the layered looks she’s known for snapping on her site—using 10 curlicue, roundabout words when a couple plain and direct ones would do—but therein lies the fun of reading her. New Yorker to a T, she delves into dating, her Manhattan upbringing, and her stumble into the A-list fashion spotlight with candor and a surprising amount of physical comedy. Her essay about getting engaged and then panicking about how to “come out” to her readers—who only knew her as their dear Repeller—presents a uniquely modern problem well told. A less talented writer behind this high-fashion curtain could make it all a detestable snore, but the utterly likable Medine comes across vividly and sincerely in writing what she loves. --Annie Bostrom
"These essays establish Medine as not just a fashion wunderkind, but a clever and engaging storyteller who's not afraid to laugh at herself." --Publisher's Weekly
"...the utterly likable Medine comes across vividly and sincerely in writing what she loves." --Booklist
"In a strong, consistent narrative voice, Medine displays wit, unabashed openness and a knack for weaving seemingly superficial, materialistic details into essays that are rich with sly wisdom and the colorful personalities of family members and friends. Humorous, insightful and sometimes-sparkling essays that will appeal to readers interested in the pure fun of fashion." --Kirkus Reviews
"Not only do I agree with how Leandra dresses, but I also agree with everything she says in these brilliant stories. She's a terrific writer." --Joan Rivers
"Leandra is a sick, twisted fashion addict and guess what? There is no rehab. As this book shows, she is doomed to be stylish and groovy and hilarious for the rest of her life." --Simon Doonan, Barneys New York ambassador and author of The Asylum
"Leandra wears her wit as well as she wears her denim bib overalls. But at being repellent, she is a colossal failure." --Laura Brown, Executive Editor, Harper's BAZAAR
"Through Leandra's growing pains and dating disasters, MAN REPELLER reminds you that your outfit always plays the best supporting role in your life." --Kelly Oxford, New York Times bestselling author of Everything is Perfect When You're a Liar
"A classic love story of a girl and her clothes, Leandra Medine's MAN REPELLER is as funny, smart, and adorable as she is." --Julie Klam, New York Times bestselling author