The first run of Em’s memoir Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever sold out, leading to a jazzed-up reprint with three brand new chapters in November 2017, called Try Hard: Tales from the Life of a Needy Overachiever… Now with EXTRA SASS! So much happened in Em’s life after the first version was published, she just had to share more.

Both versions of the book received great critical and public acclaim, leading Em to record an audiobook version which hit the top of the iTunes Charts.

Here’s the blurb:

Funny, feisty and fabulous, Em Rusciano’s insights into her world of mayhem, marriage and motherhood are a laugh-out-loud, cry-out-loud balm for the soul.

From her exploits at the Miss Sheila Fancypants School of Dance and her efforts to secure a solo at her end-of-year performance, to embracing the spotlight as an Australian Idol contestant and her deep and abiding love for John Farnham, Em Rusciano is a self-confessed bottomless pit of anxiety with a taste for glitter.

And behind the stage make-up Em is an overachiever of epic proportions, camp to the core and fiercely maternal. She has all the insecurities of a person who spends their nights racked with self-doubt and all the confidence of a woman who can walk out onto a stage in front of a sold-out theatre and absolutely slay the crowd. Em has an army of gay men she adores, tells the best dirty jokes and loves those closest to her ferociously. When the chips are down you definitely want her by your side.

This all-singing, all-dancing, all-emoting, leopard-print clad warrior is fearless, fabulous and pants-wettingly funny. Her words on the page are silly and sacred, bawdy and heartfelt. The stuff of life.

Try Hard is her story.

Because she is. And she does.

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Here’s what the old school cover looks like…

Well, I bloody did it! I wrote a whole book by myself! Truth be told I didn’t think I could do this, there were times when I didn’t want to and times when I cried so hard I had snot coming out of my eyes – but I did. I’m so proud/
terrified at this point in time I think my heart may burst in my chest. I’ve put all of my best words down in one spot. It’s called “Try Hard” because I do and I am one – always have been, always will be. It’s traditionally a putdown in Australia, I was called it relentlessly in high school; I thought perhaps I’d reclaim it and make it something good.
I hope you like it, it’s the best thing I’ve ever made that isn’t alive, I just..
I really hope you all love it.

You can get a copy from most good books stores including Dymocks and Big W or order one below: