Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why

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Author: Alexandra Petri
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  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: W. W. Norton & Company; 1 edition (June 2, 2020)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1324006455
  • ISBN-13: 978-1324006459
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.2 inches

These impossibly cheerful essays on the routine horrors of the present era explain everything from the resurgence of measles to the fiasco of the presidency.

In Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why, acclaimed Washington Post satirist Alexandra Petri offers perfectly logical, reassuring reasons for everything that has happened in recent American politics that will in no way unsettle your worldview.

In essays both new and adapted from her viral Washington Post columns, Petri reports that the Trump administration is as competent as it is uncorrupted, white supremacy has never been less rampant, and men have been silenced for too long. The “woman card” is a powerful card to play! Q-Anon makes perfect sense! This Panglossian venture into our swampy present offers a virtuosic first draft of history―a parody as surreal and deranged as the Trump administration itself.

“One of the difficulties of being alive today,” she notes, “is that everything is absurd but fewer and fewer things are funny.” Written with devastating wit that reveals a persistent, perhaps manic optimism about her benighted country, Petri’s essays have become iconic expressions of rage and anger, read and liked and shared by hundreds of thousands of people. Nothing Is Wrong and Here Is Why shows why she has emerged as the preeminent political satirist of her generation.


“Alexandra Petri makes me fall off my sofa laughing at things that would ordinarily send me into a suicidal depression. The miracle satirist for an unsatirizable era.”
Emily Nussbaum, Pulitzer Prize-winning culture critic


Praise for Alexandra Petri:

"One of the funniest writers alive."
– Randall Munroe

"Alexandra Petri is a genius who makes the pain more bearable. I’m indebted to her always…for the mirth and for the rage."
– Rebecca Traister

"Only Petri has the wit, the imagination, and the humor to fully understand the madness of the Trump era. If this is hell, she is our Virgil, except funny."
– Peter Sagal

"The funniest person in Washington."
– Dave Barry

– Annette Gordon-Reed

– Megan Amram

"The true stable genius of our day and age."
– Katha Pollitt

"Alexandra Petri is so good all the time."
– Bim Adewunmi

"A national treasure."
– Katy Tur

"A national treasure."
– Jamil Smith

"A national treasure."
– Chuck Wendig

"Hardly an original observation but [Alexandra Petri] is a national treasure."
– Susan Hennessey

About the Author

Alexandra Petri is an American humorist and newspaper columnist at the Washington Post. She lives in Washington DC.