Aubrey Christina Plaza is an American actress, comedian and producer. She began her career performing improv and sketch comedy at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theater. She received further recognition for her starring role as April Ludgate on the NBC sitcom Parks and Recreation.

  • Before the Fall

    From the Emmy, PEN, Peabody, Critics’ Choice, and Golden Globe Award-winning creator of the TV show Fargo comes the thriller of the year.,On a foggy summer night, 11 people – 10 privileged, one down-on-his-luck painter – depart Martha’s Vineyard on a private jet headed for New York. Sixteen minutes later the unthinkable happens: The plane plunges into the ocean. The only survivors are Scott Burroughs – the painter – and a four-year-old boy who is now the last remaining member of an immensely wealthy and powerful media mogul’s family.,With chapters weaving between the aftermath of the crash and the backstories of the passengers and crew members – including a Wall Street titan and his wife, a Texan-born party boy just in from London, a young woman questioning her path in life, and a career pilot – the mystery surrounding the tragedy heightens. As the passengers’ intrigues unravel, odd coincidences point to a conspiracy. Was it merely by dumb chance that so many influential people perished? Or was something far more sinister at work? Events soon threaten to spiral out of control in an escalating storm of media outrage and accusations. And while Scott struggles to cope with fame that borders on notoriety, the authorities scramble to salvage the truth from the wreckage.,Amid pulse-quickening suspense, the fragile relationship between Scott and the young boy glows at the heart of this stunning novel, raising questions of fate, human nature, and the inextricable ties that bind us together.

  • Like Brothers

    The multitalented writers, directors, producers, and actors (as seen on ,and ,),share the secrets of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir.,Whether producing, writing, directing, or acting, the Duplass Brothers have made their mark in the world of independent film and television on the strength of their quirky and empathetic approach to storytelling. Now, for the first time, Mark and Jay take readers on a tour of their lifelong partnership in this unique memoir told in essays that share the secrets of their success, the joys and frustrations of intimate collaboration, and the lessons they’ve learned the hard way.,From a childhood spent wielding an oversized home video camera in the suburbs of New Orleans to their shared years at the University of Texas in early-nineties Austin, and from the breakthrough short they made on a three-dollar budget to the night their feature film , became the center of a Sundance bidding war, Mark and Jay tell the story of a bond that’s resilient, affectionate, mutually empowering, and only mildly dysfunctional. They are brutally honest about how their closeness sabotaged their youthful romantic relationships, about the jealousy each felt when the other stole the spotlight as an actor (Mark in ,Jay in ,), and about the challenges they faced on the set of their HBO series ,–namely, too much togetherness.,But ,is also a surprisingly practical road map to a rewarding creative partnership. Rather than split all their responsibilities fifty-fifty, the brothers learned to capitalize on each other’s strengths. They’re not afraid to call each other out, because they’re also not afraid to compromise. Most relationships aren’t–and frankly , be–as intense as Mark and Jay’s, but their brand of trust, validation, and healthy disagreement has taken them far.,Part coming-of-age memoir, part underdog story, and part insider account of succeeding in Hollywood on their own terms, ,is as openhearted and lovably offbeat as Mark and Jay themselves.

  • Misfit City

    Nothing???s happened in Wilder???s hometown since they filmed that cult kids??? adventure movie there in the 80s…Until one day, she and her friends come upon a centuries-old pirate map!,Smothered by her backwater hometown and frustrated by its 1980s cult-movie fame (,…have you seen it? It???s a real classic, y???know.), Wilder is pretty sure she???s seen everything Cannon Cove has to offer. She???s desperate to get away from home as soon as she can, and move on to bigger, better, and less annoying things???even if that might mean leaving her best friends behind.,But when Wilder discovers a centuries-old pirate map, she may find out that REAL adventure was in their tiny town all along…and they need each other to get to the bottom of it! It???s a rip-roaring adventure written by award-winning screenwriter Kiwi Smith (,, ,) and Kurt Lustgarten, and illustrated by Naomi Franquiz.

  • So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y’all Don’t Even Know

    In So Close to Being the Sh*t, Y???all Don???t Even Know, Parks and Recreation star Retta takes us on her not-so-meteoric rise from roaches to riches (well, rich enough that she can buy $15,000 designer handbags yet scared enough to know she???s always a heartbeat away from ramen with American cheese).,Throwing her hard-working Liberian parents for a loop, Retta abandons her plan to attend med school after graduating Duke University to move to Hollywood to star in her own sitcom???like her comedy heroes Lucille Ball and Roseanne.,Say what? Word. Turns out Retta might actually be on to something. After winning Comedy Central???s stand-up competition, she should be ready for prime time???but a fear of success derails her biggest dream.,Whether reminiscing about her days as a contract chemist at GlaxoSmithKline, telling ???dirty??? jokes to Mormons, feeling like the odd man out on Parks, fending off racist trolls on Twitter, flirting with Michael Fassbender, or expertly stalking the cast of “Hamilton,” Retta???s unique voice and refreshing honesty will make you laugh, cry, and laugh so hard you???ll cry.,Her eponymous sitcom might not have happened yet, but by the end of So Close to Being the Sh*t, you???ll be rooting for Retta to be the next one-named wonder to take over your television. And she just might inspire you to reach for the stars, too.

  • The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

    The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of ,and the acclaimed film , has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (,) personal and observational essays.,In ,, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is – a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.,Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friends – an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably – but only because it’s over.

  • The Hero Dies

    In this evocative and gorgeously wrought memoir reminiscent of Rob Sheffield???s Love Is a Mixtape and George Hodgman???s Bettyville, Michael Ausiello???a respected TV columnist and co-founder of his late husband, and the lessons, love, and laughter that they shared throughout their fourteen years together.,For the past decade, TV fans of all stripes have counted upon Michael Ausiello???s insider knowledge to get the scoop on their favorite shows and stars. From his time at Soaps in Depth and Entertainment Tonight to his influential stints at TV Guide and Entertainment Weekly to his current role as co-founder of the wildly popular website, Michael has established himself as the go-to expert when it comes to our most popular form of entertainment.,What many of his fans don???t know, however, is that while his professional life was in full swing, Michael had to endure the greatest of personal tragedies: his longtime boyfriend, Kit Cowan, was diagnosed with a rare and very aggressive form of neuroendrocrine cancer. Over the course of eleven months, Kit and Michael did their best to combat the deadly disease, but Kit succumbed to his illness in February 2015.,In this heartbreaking and darkly hilarious memoir, Michael tells the story of his harrowing and challenging last year with Kit while revisiting the thirteen years that preceded it, and how the undeniably powerful bond between him and Kit carried them through all manner of difficulty???always with laughter front and center in their relationship. Instead of a tale of sadness and loss, Spoiler Alert: The Hero Dies is an unforgettable, inspiring, and beautiful testament to the resilience and strength of true love.

  • Yes Please

    In Amy Poehler???s highly anticipated first book, ,, she offers up a big juicy stew of personal stories, funny bits on sex and love and friendship and parenthood and real life advice (some useful, some not so much), like when to be funny and when to be serious. Powered by Amy???s charming and hilarious, biting yet wise voice, , is a book full of words to live by.

  • You Know You Want This

    A compulsively readable collection of short stories that explore the complex???and often darkly funny???connections between gender, sex, and power across genres., brilliantly explores the ways in which women are horrifying as much as it captures the horrors that are done to them. Among its pages are a couple who becomes obsessed with their friend , them have sex, then , them have sex???until they can???t have sex without him; a ten-year-old whose birthday party takes a sinister turn when she wishes for ???something mean???; a woman who finds a book of spells half hidden at the library and summons her heart???s desire: a nameless, naked man; and a self-proclaimed ???biter??? who dreams of sneaking up behind and sinking her teeth into a green-eyed, long-haired, pink-cheeked coworker.,Spanning a range of genres and topics???from the mundane to the murderous and supernatural???these are stories about sex and punishment, guilt and anger, the pleasure and terror of inflicting and experiencing pain. These stories fascinate and repel, revolt and arouse, scare and delight in equal measure. And, as a collection, they point a finger at you, daring you to feel uncomfortable???or worse, understood???as if to say, ???You want this, right? You know you want this.???