We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Essays

Book - 2017
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A New York Times Bestseller

This essay collection from the "bitches gotta eat" blogger, writer on Hulu's Shrill , and "one of our country's most fierce and foulmouthed authors" (Amber Tamblyn, Vulture ) is sure to make you alternately cackle with glee and cry real tears.

Whether Samantha Irby is talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making "adult" budgets; explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette (she's "35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something"); detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father's ashes; sharing awkward sexual encounters; or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms (hang in there for the Costco loot!); she's as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, a division of Random House LLC, 2017
Copyright Date: c2017
ISBN: 9781101912195
1101912197
Characteristics: xii, 275 pages ; 21 cm

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lmustafa92
Apr 10, 2021

If you like Chicago shout outs and a play on self-hate, this one is for you

JCLSarahZ Oct 26, 2020

A collection of essays. Funny and real. Also, really funny.

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Alpha_zzz
Sep 09, 2020

Nah. Aside from being crude, it is too sarcastic.

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suruhjo
Jul 24, 2020

Meh. I think this book got too hyped up for me.

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NicoleGRW
Mar 10, 2020

I can't believe it took me this long to discover Samantha Irby. She is probably the funniest writer today. Every obstacle that can be thrown at a human has been thrown in her direction and her brutal honesty and hysterical take on it will make it impossible not love her. You will cry actual tears from heart break and complete fits of laughter. Get this book immediately!

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kawidman
Dec 05, 2019

Samantha Irby is possibly one of the funniest writers in the world. She matches her impeccable ability to make a sentence pop with frank, eyes-wide-open observations and an impressive capacity for handling topics like depression (cw: some discussions of suicidal ideation), death, trauma, and potentially evil cats with candor and humor. She also writes about “lighter” topics, like dealing with ridiculous pet owners, dating, and ill-advised road trips, though she’s so incredibly good at balancing tone that in one essay you’re bound to run through a whole gamut of feelings.

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mini_moon_pie
Jun 17, 2019

With 14 years between writing her first and second essay collections, I found Irby’s content to be richer, more meaningful, even when on the surface it wouldn’t appear that way.

DBRL_JessicaS Sep 10, 2018

"We are Never Meeting in Real Life" felt like a progressive movement for Irby from "Meaty." A lot of the essays echoed each other, but they showed personal growth in her work. Meaty dives into Irby's personal life in the blogger style writing that she's used to, but the maturity in her writing is more present in this piece. It slows down and focuses on the scene more, rather than telling us how we should feel about her experiences.

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lukasevansherman
Aug 31, 2018

Also, "Shrill" (Lindy West), "Bad Feminist" (Roxanne Gay), "You Can't Touch My Hair" (Jessica Robinson).

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Gigi76
Aug 15, 2018

I am both embarrassed and elated by how much I related to the author of this collection.

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