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One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter

3.78  ·  Rating details ·  6,845 Ratings  ·  935 Reviews
A collection of essays about growing up the daughter of Indian immigrants in Canada, "a land of ice and casual racism," by the cultural observer, Scaachi Koul.

In One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter, Scaachi deploys her razor-sharp humour to share her fears, outrages and mortifying experiences as an outsider growing up in Canada. Her subjects range from s
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Hardcover, 241 pages
Published March 7th 2017 by Doubleday Canada
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Nat
Mar 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
Any writer promised to bear similarities to either Mindy Kaling or Roxane Gay will have my immediate interest in the palm of their hand. And Scaachi Koul did not dissaopint with her wry humor and telling insights on a plethora of subjects. Dealing with fear, anxiety, grief, parenting, insecurities, racial discrimination, racial advantage, shadism, white privilege, sexism, feminism, online harassment, sexual harassment, diversity in media, and so much more. Koul won my heart over almost instantly ...more
Maxwell
Apr 26, 2017 rated it liked it
This was delightfully funny and surprisingly heartfelt. The first essay really got to me, which I wasn't expecting. She's a talented writer and storyteller, and she tackles some pretty serious themes—sexual assault, race, gender dynamics, and cultural difference. But I did feel like they lacked a bit of substance and could've done with a bit more reflection rather than simple narrative. That's not to say that there aren't really strong points and important lessons in this collection; I can see t ...more
Esil
Feb 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars. One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is an engaging collection of personal essays. The author is a young Canadian woman who's family is originally from India. She grew up in Calgary and lives in Toronto. Her personal essays deal with, amongst other topics, family, relationships, race, body image, hair, drinking, family weddings and her parents' reaction to her older white boyfriend. Her essays feel young, irreverent, angry and honest -- at times bordering on a bit to ...more
Melki
May 26, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: humorous-essays
There's nothing earth-shattering here, just some fun, and (mostly) funny essays by a young Canadian writer who describes herself as a woman who somehow manages to get both of her hands stuck in two different salsa jars at the same time.

Koul covers a range of topics from romance to hair removal. She really won my heart with her essay about clothing, and the hopes we women pin on finding just the right shirt, skirt, or jeans.

It's happening, I thought. The item, the big item that changes the way I
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emma
I mostly just found this profoundly...eh. So I'm not going to review it, probably.
Jenny (Reading Envy)
Feb 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Perfect for fans of Lindy West, Roxane Gay, and Jenny Lawson. With the added commentary on skin color in India vs. Canada, I felt like I was gaining one more perspective on what it means to have brown skin and how that changes based on where you are (and her surprising excursions into privilege.) The parenting emails made me laugh, her compassion towards her parents was impressive in that she could see the humor while also being annoyed. I will definitely be recommending this to other readers wh ...more
Julie Ehlers
Sep 24, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was initially going to give this two stars, but now that I have some distance from it, I like it even less. I'm just going to one-star it and not waste any more time thinking about it.
Mariah
Jan 15, 2018 rated it liked it
One of my favorite genres that I read a ton of is autobiographies. So of course when I saw the really unique title of this autobiography I had to read it. Well, this one was nothing special. It wasn't funny. It did dig deep. This was just an "okay" book. One that since I started it I might as well finish.

This book collection of essays about Scaachi Koul growing up with Indian immigrants in Canada. Then moving halfway across the world for college.

Like I said, nothing special. No need to read thi
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Rachel León
Apr 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2017, essays, read-in-2017
(4-4.5 stars, rounded up because Scaachi Koul is smart and funny as hell)

I interviewed the author this morning, which is why I think I'm qualified to say, yes, she really is smart and funny. This collection of essays tackles issues like racism, sexism, body image, and rape culture, while also infusing each one with personal stories and a generous dollop of humor. My favorite essays were "Fair and Lovely" and "Mister Beast Man to You, Randor," but there wasn't an essay I didn't enjoy. Scaachi Kou
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I was notified recently that my library just added a ton of books that I recommended, including several memoirs written by people of color and YA about LGBT+ characters. One of those books was ONE DAY WE'LL ALL BE DEAD AND NONE OF THIS WILL MATTER by Scaachi Koul, a culture writer for BuzzFeed Canada.



I'd been looking forward to this book for a while. I love BuzzFeed and I had heard that this book was going to address many topics like femini
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Lata
Apr 26, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I found myself laughing out loud as I read. I enjoyed Scaachi Koul's take on her family, misogyny, the conflict between being a good daughter and finding her own way in life. There were some points at which I found myself saying, "Yup, I know EXACTLY what you mean!" when she described the often ridiculous and sometimes crushing expectations foisted on Indian daughters.
Alaina Meserole
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter: Essays definitely attracted me with the title. I mean, who wouldn't want to read this book - it just got me hooked.

I've also been on like a non-fiction kind of binge lately and when I saw that this was available at my library I just had to have it! Scaachi is a blessing in disguise. I loved everything about this book. She talks about a whole range of things within this thing, like: dealing with fear, grief, parenting, insecurities, discrimi
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Book of the Month
Personal Essays That Are Equal Parts LOL and WTF
By Judge Kevin Nguyen

An essay collection hinges entirely on the voice of its author, so let me characterize Scaachi Koul's: rude, angry, sometimes crass, always fiercely intelligent and hilarious. In her debut, Koul tackles regular essay collection stuff—meditations on relationships, family, identity – but the best part of it is that she’s funny as sh*t.

I laughed out loud on a dozen occasions throughout this book, from her descriptions of a torturo
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Carol (Bookaria)
Jun 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2017, non-fiction
Wonderful memoir from Buzzfeed senior writer Scaachi Koul. She is a first-generation daughter of Indian immigrants and in the book she discusses her experiences growing up in Canada, racism she faced, body image issues, day-dreaming fantasies, hair issues, and her relationships. Specially interesting is the relationship with her parents, I found hilarious some of the interactions she had with them. I could relate to some of her experiences and enjoyed reading her essays.

I listened to the audio b
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Megan
Apr 12, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: botm, read-in-2017
1.5 stars. I really wanted to like this, and I hate writing negative reviews, but I really struggled. I just couldn't figure out why I was reading the personal essays of a young 20-something who hasn't done anything. The most interesting parts happened to other people, like the Indian wedding, or her friend in college who struggled with alcoholism. But nothing happened! We don't even have a resolution to the alcoholic's story- she never explained what happened to him, only about how she was mad ...more
Leonicka
Scaachi's voice is wholly unique. She is cringingly funny (in a good way, I swear) but I found myself tearing up quite often. This isn't a treatise on millennial Indian women or a manifesto on the first-gen immigrant story or some bullshit like that.She makes no attempts to tell a universal story and I so appreciate that. She just offers her own story and it is more than enough.
Caroline
Nov 11, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: books-i-own
THERE were one or two essays in here that I really enjoyed. I would say that 'Fair and Lovely' was my favourite because it was interesting and funny and just great overall. The book as a whole left me feeling a little underwhelmed. I did really enjoy it but not nearly as much as I'd expected to. The essays were quite funny which I enjoyed but they were too casual a lot of the time and didn't always hit the message home. There were some great anecdotes and I'm glad I read this book. I just think ...more
Samantha Price
Apr 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
About halfway through this book I became obsessed with Scaachi Koul. I delved deep into her twitter, going one - two - years back, laughing at and with her and her unique take on life. Scaachi is Indian, lives in Toronto, and is a Buzzfeed writer. This book touches on race, gender roles, privilege - all thoughtful and not always tasteful (but hilarious and charming nonetheless). My favourite parts, though, were the very real and honest accounts of her family life, how it shapes us, how we become ...more
Laima
Apr 18, 2017 rated it really liked it
I never heard of this book or author, Scaachi Koul, until a free copy landed in my lucky lap.
It’s not the sort of book that would have been on my radar to search for at the local library. I do love surprises though, especially books that catch me off guard.
And this was one of those lovely surprises!

Where do I begin…
Well, this book was very funny. Scaachi Koul doesn’t hold back - she describes her life experiences with candor and honesty (don’t hold back tell us what you really really think typ
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Taylor Knight
I'm so glad I picked this book up.
I don't read a lot of non-fiction but this is one of the best non-fiction books I've ever read. I loved it from the very first page and I never wanted to put it down. I thought it was incredibly funny and a few of the stories Scaachi told had me laughing out loud.
There was also a good deal of serious stories about Scaachi's experiences as an Indian women with immigrant parents. I really appreciate the opportunity to read about Scaachi's perspective and for her
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Katie
Nov 11, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I can't even begin to describe how much I loved this book. Everyone I know is going to get it for their birthday for the next five years. My dad will probably be a little confused at first but whatever.
L O R I L I N
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc, memoir
This is a collection of essays from 26-year old Scaachi Koul, a Canadian-born daughter of Indian immigrants who currently writes for Buzzfeed Canada. The essays cover a wide range of topics including family relationships, dating, internet trolls, alcoholism, rape, anxiety, race, and culture. I think my favorite sections of the book are about Koul's family. Oh, how I wish her dad had a Twitter account...

The book is entertaining and youthful, but also surprisingly thoughtful. I appreciated Koul's
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Alice Lippart
A funny, interesting and heartfelt collection. Loved the parts about the author and her father. I do think it lacks a bit of depth and reflection, but it's worth the read.
Roxanne (The Novel Sanctuary)
4.75
This book was great. It was hilarious and insightful and I was able to relate to so much more of it than I would have ever thought. I laughed out loud many times, Koul was able to put into perfect words so many thoughts I've had in my life. I didn't always feel as if the essays flowed well from one to the other to make the most cohesive collection but maybe they weren't supposed to. Loved this, definitely recommend it.
Krista
Mar 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
While Canada purports to be multicultural, Toronto in particular, a place where everyone is holding hands and cops are handing out ice cream cones instead of, say, shooting black men, our inability to talk about race and its complexities actually means our racism is arguably more insidious. We rarely acknowledge it, and when we do, we're punished, as if we're speaking badly of an elderly relative who can't help but make fun of the Irish.

With One Day We'll All Be Dead And None Of This Will Matt
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Susan Feng
Mar 12, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It's nearly 1 AM, but it felt important to get this down in the moment. It's been a while since I've finished a book in the middle of the night, and when I closed this book after reading the last few pages of acknowledgements, I cried. Heavy, hot, mysterious tears, my sinuses stinging.

I can't pin point why I'm weeping. Maybe it's because I too grew up as the child of first-generation immigrant parents who worked hard, harder than they should've ever had to. Parents who loved me the best way they
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Victoria
Feb 15, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Honest review of ARC (Goodreads Giveaway):

I hoped to like this book, but didn't anticipate just how much I would love it. I knew a bit about Scaachi Koul from some of her Buzzfeed essays, but didn't quite know what I was in for with this book. Yet, from the very first essay, I was emotionally hooked. Koul weaves a kind of intimacy through these essays that is sometimes absent in other memoir essay collections (sorry, Mindy Kaling and Ellen DeGeneres).

Despite having had very different upbringin
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Bailey
May 21, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I used to read a lot of these, quirky contemporary essay collections by women, all rising stars in the literary community, fresh voices, unique perspectives. But then I stopped, because, really, they all started sounding the same. They all had the same structure and beats.

But I picked up this one for book club, and I remembered why I fell in love with this type of book. This is funny and insightful, smart and thought-provoking, an actual fresh perspective on the regular topics. I really enjoyed
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Lisa
Apr 08, 2018 rated it liked it
Shelves: audiobook, essays
One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter is an easily digestible collection of essays on Koul's angst about a variety of subjects like body image, drinking, Twitter, skin color and her parents. The author has an appealing, vulnerable style but I soon I became weary of her focus on self without the balance of wisdom or reflection. I know this sounds jaded - but there was nothing new here for me.
Preeti
***This book is out today, May 2, and you should totally get it and read it!***

I’d been salivating over this book for a while, ever since I’d seen it on multiple lists last year of forthcoming books. A month ago I thought it was out but realized that was just in Canada and not the U.S. Found it on Netgalley and finally was able to read it after begging the publisher to approve me on Twitter. :D

Scaachi Koul is a Buzzfeed writer who’s probably best-known for when she put out a request on Twitter f
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Scaachi Koul is a culture writer at BuzzFeed Canada. She is the author of a book of essays One Day We'll All Be Dead and None of This Will Matter. Koul attended the journalism school at Ryerson University.

Before BuzzFeed, Scaachi worked at Penguin Random House Canada, the acquiring publisher of 'One Day'. Before that she was an intern at Maclean's Magazine and The Huffington Post. Her journalism h
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