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Lizz Free or Die: Essays

By Lizz Winstead
(Riverhead, $26)
The world needs another celebrity memoir like it needs another cable news show, and yet Lizz Winstead has made essential contributions to both arenas. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart co-creator and former head writer’s new book — which she dubs a collection of “messays” — is an indelible, hilarious, often poignant romp. Whether unflinchingly detailing her childhood desires to be a priest, madcap backstage chicanery, struggles with writer’s block or her alarming number of rescue-pet adoptions, Winstead knows well that the greatest punch line is the most stinging truth.