Anna Kendrick’s book, ‘Scrappy Little Nobody,’ gets November release date

Anna Kendrick in the film "Mr. Right."

Anna Kendrick in the film “Mr. Right.”

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Anna Kendrick, the “Up in the Air” and “Pitch Perfect” star, is known for her quirky sense of humor, which is on full display on her Twitter account.

So it’s fitting that Kendrick used the social media service to announce the Nov. 15 publication date for her new essay collection, “Scrappy Little Nobody,” which will be published by Touchstone Books, a Simon & Schuster imprint.

“I have a book!! Why would anyone let me do this!?” Kendrick tweeted, along with a link to her book’s website.

She also posted a short video featuring her holding a copy of the book (though one with a tentative cover). “I’m really excited to officially announce my book,” Kendrick says. “It’s called ‘Scrappy Little Nobody,’ because, um, I’m the type of person who didn’t put on pants to make this video. Don’t tell anybody.”


Touchstone says Kendrick’s autobiographical essay collection “offer[s] her one-of-a-kind commentary on the absurdities she’s experienced on her way to and from the heart of pop culture.”

Anna Kendrick first rose to prominence when she was nominated for a Tony Award at 12 years old for her performance in the musical “High Society.” She’s appeared in the “Twilight” film series, the “Pitch Perfect” movies, “Mr. Right,” “Into the Woods” and the upcoming “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates.”

She announced last year that she was writing a book, in her typical self-deprecating manner: “Part of me is like, ‘Yeah! I’m writing a book ... if I can,’” she told Time magazine. “Is that something I can do? I’ll find out.”

In a statement, Kendrick tried to manage expectations about the book. “I’d like to use this opportunity to showcase my ineptitude, pettiness, and the frequency with which I embarrass myself,” she said. “And while many of my female inspirations who have become authors are incredibly well-educated and accomplished comedy writers, I’m very, very funny on Twitter, according to Buzzfeed and my mom, so I feel like this is a great idea.”

“Quick question: are run-on sentences still frowned upon?” Kendrick continued. “Wait, is ending a sentence with a preposition still frowned upon? I mean, upon frowned? Dammit!”

Fans of the actress might have to wait more than six months to read Kendrick’s essays, but in the meantime, they can busy themselves by reading her own favorite books: “All Quiet on the Western Front” by Erich Maria Remarque, “Slaughterhouse-Five” by Kurt Vonnegut and “The Things They Carried” by Tim O’Brien.

It seems safe to predict that Kendrick’s book will be markedly funnier than those three novels of war, death and despair.