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How to Deal With Annoying Teachers, Bosses, Backstabbers, and Other Stuff That Stinks

Everyone deals with crap, especially teens. From nagging teachers to unsympathetic coaches to backstabbing friends, it can feel some days like there’s no reprieve. But crap doesn’t have to ruin one’s day—or one’s life, for that matter. A humorous and unconventional look at everyday annoyances in life, Crap (May 2009; Zest Books; $9.95 US; 96 pages; illustrated; paperback; ISBN-13: 978-0-9790173-5-3) tells teens how to:

• determine which types of crap are useful (and which aren’t)
• avoid crap when possible
• deal with crap when it can’t be avoided
• flush crap out of one’s life
• break the crap cycle once and for all

Also included are quotes from noted crap-coping experts such as Homer Simpson (“Weaseling out of things is important for us to learn. It’s what separates us from the animals…except the weasel.”) and Kurt Vonnegut (“Laughter and tears are both responses to frustration and exhaustion. I myself prefer to laugh, since there is less cleaning up to do afterward.”) as well as little-known facts about actual crap.

For more information, review copies, author interviews, excerpts or images, please contact Zest Books publicity department at 415.777.8654 or

How to Deal With Annoying Teachers, Bosses, Backstabbers, and Other Stuff That Stinks

by Erin Elisabeth Conley, Karen Macklin, and Jake Miller
May 2009; $9.95 US;
96 pages; illustratrated; paperback original
Ages 12+, Teen nonfiction
ISBN-13: 978-0-9790173-5-3

Erin Elisabeth Conley
is the author of Crush: A Girl’s Guide to Being Crazy in Love, Dumped: A Girl’s Guide to Happiness After Heartbreak, and Uncool: A Girl’s Guide to Misfitting In. She also coauthored The Simply SPA-tacular Spa Time Book and Robot Riots: The Good Guide to Bad Bots. Erin splits her time between Buenos Aires, Argentina and San Francisco, California.

Karen Macklin is the weekly San Francisco columnist for Yoga Journal’s online blog Samadhi & the City. She has written for more than a dozen publications nationally, including The New York Times, San Francisco Weekly, and Yoga Journal. She also co-wrote Zest Books’s Indie Girl: From Starting a Band to Launching a Fashion Company, Nine Ways to Turn Your Creative Talent Into Reality.

Jake Miller
has written dozens of children’s books for kids on the history of the civil rights movement, the nature of communities, and the biology of lizards and spiders. He is a contributor to various publications, including The New York Times. Jake is also the author of Zest Books’s Decoding Mom: Making Sense of Her Moods, Her Methods, and Her Madness. He lives in Boston with his wife.