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Dessa 'My Own Devices' Paperback Pre-Order


Release date: 8/27/19

On August 27th, Dutton Books will publish the paperback edition of Dessa’s collection of essays, My Own Devices. The paperback has a new cover, featuring Dessa’s handwriting and a portrait by Sam Gehrke. If you’re into the [book]club scene, you’ll be interested to know that it includes a set of discussion questions at the end, 100% guaranteed to provoke thoughtful conversation amongst you and the gang.

Dessa will sign the first 100 pre-orders.

Paperback Pre-Order includes:
- My Own Devices paperback book signed by Dessa (limited to first 100 orders)
- MP3 version of Dessa's new work of fiction, "The Last Shot," to be published in the Mississippi Review this summer.
- Cover portrait sticker


- All pre-orders placed by August 23rd will ship out on August 26th via USPS first class mail (we cannot guarantee any exact arrival dates). This ship date will also include any non-preorder items you purchase along with your pre-order. Please place non-preorder items separately if you wish to receive them earlier. Any pre-orders placed after August 23rd will ship out on a first-come, first-served basis.

A stunning literary debut memoir from an artist who defies category. Dessa is an intellectual with an international rap career and an inhaler in her backpack; a creative writer fascinated by philosophy and behavioral science; and a funny, charismatic performer dogged by blue moods and heartache. Her writing stitches together poignant insights on love, science, and language--a demonstration of just how far the mind can travel while the body is on a six-hour ride to the next gig.

A wooden airplane, hand-built by her dad in her childhood garage. An accident on a moving train during an international rap tour. A heart wrenching romantic relationship that inspired years of torch songs, an escape across the country, and a foray into neuroscience to try and snuff out lingering feelings for an old flame. In My Own Devices, Dessa shares the story of finding her place in the arts: the long drives and late nights, the determination and self-doubt, the ovations and disappointments. Dessa tests her own limits and assumptions--and in doing so, encourages readers to the same: to risk failure and love boldly in the interest of designing a life that leaves no moments unlived.