An Evening with Ann Leary, Author of I've Tried Being Nice

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Author Ann Leary will discuss her new book of essays, I've Tried Being Nice, where she casts a wry backward glance at a life spent trying—and often failing—to be nice. With wit and surprising candor, Leary recounts the bedlam of home bat invasions, an obsession with online personality tests, and the mortification of taking ballroom dance lessons with her actor husband. She describes hilarious red-carpet fiascos and other observations from the sidelines of fame, while also touching upon her more poignant struggles with alcoholism, her love for her family, her dogs, and so much more.

Book sale and signing by Elm Street Books.

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Ann Leary is the New York Times bestselling author of a memoir and four novels including The Good House, which was adapted to a motion picture starring Sigourney Weaver and Kevin Kline. Her work has been translated into 18 languages, and she has written for The New York Times, Ploughshares, NPR, Redbook and Real Simple, among other publications. Her essay, “Rallying to Keep the Game Alive,” was adapted for Prime Video’s television series, Modern Love. Leary lives with her husband in New York.