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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays
We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays | Samantha Irby
Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., bitches gotta eat blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into an art form. Whether 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."
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AileenRR
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Pickpick

The more I read Sam Irby, the more I like her 😊

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Anya09
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Because when we can‘t sleep we read 😸

wanderinglynn Love Samantha Irby! ❤️ But sorry you can‘t sleep. (edited) 5mo
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Andrea313
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The two books that immediately popped into my head when thinking about #GreenAndYellowCovers! Where are my fellow Irby-obsessives? #WindsOfMarch
@Eggs

Eggs Perfect 💛💚💛 10mo
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BkClubCare
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Listening to this at 1.8x which skews my figuring out how far I am in this thing. I do NOT understand (or maybe I am clueless) on why they (Audible/Amazon) don‘t tell me I am ~40% through. I have to calculate?! And I like maths but really?! ?!?!?!

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Mskt6891
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So many parts of this book, particularly where relationships are concerned, where I'm screaming "OMG, THAT'S ME!"

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Mskt6891
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#popsugarreadingchallenge2021
Book 4/50 read
Prompt: a book by an online personality

Omg I LOVED this book so much. I listened to it on audiobook and laughed out loud so much when walking in the park I think everyone thought I was crazy 😂

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TrishB
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Mehso-so

Between a pick and a so-so, the bits I either related to or found really funny were laugh out loud funny! Other bits not relatable at all or I didn‘t find funny, I think I was probably a bit old for those bits.
Interesting theory about growing up poor and then being financially reckless (I.e buying lots of shi**), I would concur with that.
In contrast both my kids are like mean accountants (sorry @squirrelbrain ) 🤷‍♀️🤷‍♀️

Velvetfur I like the sound of this one 😊 12mo
TrishB @Velvetfur I think there are enough different topics for most people to think some are funny! 12mo
MicheleinPhilly Mean accountants. 😂😂😂 12mo
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squirrelbrain Funny! And I‘m the opposite - I remained a mean accountant and save all my pennies! I even feel guilty as I‘m due some #bookmail today - 3 brand new HARDBACK books! 12mo
TrishB Can‘t wait to see the bookmail 😁 @squirrelbrain (edited) 12mo
Caroline2 Mean accountants!!! 😆 yep, I grew up very poor and now money burns a hole in my pocket! 🤦‍♀️ 12mo
TrishB @Caroline2 it‘s a hard habit to get rid of! 12mo
Caroline2 @TrishB It really is!!!! 😬 12mo
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TrishB
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This is so relatable and another reason for hating lockdown! And if I do make a nice lunch I eat it by 10am. The finance bit has made me laugh the most so far.

bnp Gotta read this - I need more laughs. 12mo
MicheleinPhilly I had to come back to this and laugh again as J just heated up pasta bolognese. For breakfast. 😂 12mo
eanderson 🙋‍♀️ I am that person as well. If something was good for dinner, I‘m likely to eat it at what I would consider an appropriate time for lunch... sometimes it‘s a mid morning snack! 🤣 12mo
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Kdgordon88 This is me to a T which is why I end up eating a whole lot of junk. 12mo
TrishB @bnp 👍🏻 12mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly my daughter had last nights take away pizza remains followed by cake. This lockdown does not help healthy diets 😁 12mo
TrishB @eanderson @Kdgordon88 the perils of being at home!! 12mo
MicheleinPhilly I‘m already envisioning my doctor‘s face when I go for my physical next month and she grills me on diet, exercise, alcohol, etc. I‘m just going to send her a preemptive “I‘m a mess, OK lady?” message beforehand. ☺️ 12mo
TrishB @MicheleinPhilly I know would be my answer too 😘 12mo
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Court_Nay
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Starting this today....after a heavy read, sometimes you just need a little sassy humor

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CortexVortex
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Mehso-so

Samantha Irby writes about growing up, work, health, relationships, and heartbreaks. Her style is humorous but coarse.

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KatieDid927
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Pickpick

I liked this. I felt like the essay collection was a little uneven, but I liked it enough to want to read her other books. I liked the way she wrote about her relationship with Helen Keller the cat. My first kitty was kind of a monster too.

This is my first read for 2021 and my submission for this week‘s #integrateyourshelf prompt. I‘ll tag a couple diverse reads I enjoyed in 2020 in the comments. ⬇️

@Emilymdxn @ChasingOm

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ChasingOm Yay!! I listened to this on audio a year or so ago. 13mo
Emilymdxn I LOVE Samantha Irby, I agree some essays grabbed me a lot more than others but then when the contents so varied I see how it‘s impossible to make it all appeal equally. The great ones are so great tho! 13mo
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NotoriousMBG
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Pickpick

Excellent collection of hilarious, yet touching personal essays. I loved this on audio. I had read Wow, No Thank You in paperback, but now I kind of want to revisit it on audio.

In any case, highly recommended! 👍

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KatieDid927
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My #lastfirst is the tagged book We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by Samantha Irby. I might‘ve been able to finish it yesterday if I didn‘t take a nap, but the nap won. Happy new year! @BookNAround

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umbrellagirl

It took less than two minutes to get to my place and I spent the entire car ride wondering whether my outfit looked good enough for my ghost to float around in for an eternity.

tpixie 😊😊😊😊 13mo
LeahBergen I can honestly say that at this point mine would NOT. 😆 13mo
umbrellagirl @LeahBergen Same for me today. Most days, lately. 13mo
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umbrellagirl

And you would not believe how many pajama pants you can get away with wearing to nice places if you just slap a sharply cut blazer on top of them.

robinb 😂😂😂👍 13mo
tpixie 😊😊😊😊 13mo
wanderinglynn Too true! 😆😆😆 13mo
umbrellagirl @robinb @tpixie @wanderinglynn I will definitely try this 🤣 13mo
tpixie @umbrellagirl 🤪🤣😂 13mo
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umbrellagirl
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Probably going to be up all night reading and laughing.

wanderinglynn So funny! Love her books. 13mo
umbrellagirl @wanderinglynn she is great! 13mo
CuriousG Listened to this one with her narrating - fantastic! 13mo
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Emilymdxn
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Pickpick

Samantha Irby really never disappoints! These essays were incredible, both laugh out loud hilarious and also insightful, open, occasionally emotional. Pretty rare for a book to be able to teach you what it‘s like to live with chronic illness while being Black in America and also be a fun, light book to read in the bath after a long day.

#nfn2020 @Clwojick +20

readordierachel She's the best 1y
Hooked_on_books This is my favorite one of hers, though I‘ve enjoyed them all. She‘s awesome! 1y
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Emilymdxn
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This is 99p on kindle in the UK today!!! I‘m so excited to read this, I loved the writer‘s other book of essays and I was so hyped when I saw this on sale. Go get it littens she is a SCREAM but also a very insightful scream

AlaMich You are in for a treat!! I love Samantha Irby! 1y
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Andrea313
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#30DaysOfGratitude @jb72

All about audiobooks! I was reluctant to embrace them early on because they always felt so slow. But thanks to Audible's 1.5 speed setting, I'm now on board. 🙂 Fave narrators are Rosamund Pike, Samantha Irby, Tim Curry, and Juliet Stevenson, and Best Audiobook, IMO, goes to Irby's essays.

Thankful for:

-Technology that allows access to stories in myriad ways
-A good audiobook on a long drive
-Tim Curry in general

ElizaMarie I also have to speed it up so I don‘t let my mind wander. But now I love them ;) 1y
jb72 I definitely speed mine up too. It reads much better. 1y
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Chelsea.Poole
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Hysterical, as always. This was the one Samantha Irby book I hadn't read and it was on par with the other two books of #essays from her. I kept putting it off because I wanted there to be one more book out there if hers I had not yet read. One of the only authors that literally cause lols for me. 😂

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Chelsea.Poole
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This is EXACTLY what I need right now. I will read anything Samantha Irby writes and be happy with life. #libby #audiobook

Hooked_on_books Samantha Irby is a treasure! 🤩 1y
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ItsAnotherJen
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A funny book of essays by Samantha Irby that's full of her snarky, self-deprecating, sarcastic humor. She talks about everything from her relationships to her job at a veterinarian clinic. ⭐⭐⭐
Another book crossed off for #bookspinbingo @TheAromaofBooks
I think this was the #doublebookspin pick for the month # 19...getting close to my first bingo!

wanderinglynn Love Samantha Irby! 💜 1y
ShelleyBooksie I tried so hard to like that book and I just found her whiny 1y
TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 1y
ItsAnotherJen @ShelleyBooksie I didn't enjoy allll the essays as much as I thought I would have. Some were laugh-out-loud funny though. I found it interesting to see things from her point of view, especially when it came to her current relationship. 1y
TheAromaofBooks Yay!! Great progress!! 1y
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K.Wielechowski
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Panpan

Not for me. There were some funny parts but her sardonic tone was too much even for me.

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WorldsOkayestStepMom
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Mehso-so

Parts of it were super relatable, as I also have debilitating chronic physical and mental illnesses, and other parts of it were less relatable. Some parts made me laugh and I'm glad I read it!

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Annie1215
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This book made me genuinely laugh out loud in public. I‘m a fan of books of essays but don‘t always know what to expect from author to author tone wise. I found her stories to be unexpectedly relatable despite how extreme some seemed. I even got my very-much-not-a-reader sister to check out some of the stories. This book is a miracle worker! #blackvoices

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AileenRR
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Mehso-so

I 100% believe I would like this better on paper rather than on audio. Some things just seems funnier through my eyes than through my ears.

Annie1215 I‘d be really curious how different it is in audiobook form. This one really made me laugh out loud. I think there‘s something to being able to read that sort of material in your own imagined tone. 1y
ChasingOm I think I would have liked it better in print too. 1y
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WhatWouldJaneDo
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Tried to go with #ownvoices recs for this topic, a mix of memoir and fiction:
Tagged and Meaty by Samantha Irby
The Collected Schizophrenias by Esme Weijun Wang
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia Hibbert
Experimental Film by Gemma Files
The Kiss Quotient & The Bride Test by Helen Hoang
Hyperbole and a Half by Allie Brosh
The Diving Bell and the Butterfly by Jean-Dominique Bauby
Love, Loss, and What We Ate by Padma Lakshmi

#integrateyourshelf

ChasingOm A great time for own voices, for sure. ❤️ 2y
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j9brown
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Pickpick

She's hilarious. And so, so honest. I immediately followed her on Twitter after starting this 😂

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riversong153
Pickpick

Listening to this on audio was everything I needed with what‘s going on in the world. I loved it! Ymmv. I‘m a direct person and always appreciate it when another person is that way when telling their own experiences. She is hilariously direct and pulls no punches.

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Andrea313
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I feel Sam Irby would approve of this spin on today's prompt. #LightTheWay #FlyHighJuly
@Eggs

Eggs Is this a laugh out loud book? Great choice 2y
Andrea313 @Eggs I absolutely classify this as a laugh-out-loud book, but Irby's sharp, irreverent humor is not for everyone! If you are interested in digging into her work, this is the collection to start with, in my opinion. 2y
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librarygoddess619
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As a WW member, I approve of this message. 😂😂😂

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ReadingOver50
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Pickpick

I recently read “Wow, No Thank You” by the author and enjoyed it enough to want to read her earlier works. This was available on Overdrive so I checked it out.

I thought this one was even funnier. I really had a good time reading it. Sam is relatable but also different enough from me to make her life interesting. I recommend this book for fans of humorous essays.

Karkar I love all her books!!!! 2y
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AlysonCE
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Pickpick

Finished this last night. It is the first collection of essays that I have explored and what a great place to start. FUNNY, uncomfortable, and I can't help but thinking Samantha Irby plucked my thoughts out of my head and put them to paper - wholly relatable!

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AlysonCE
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That's love! 😂

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Megabooks
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Pickpick

This is a reread (listen). I just needed something funny while I was busy today/overnight. Working in a vet office is a unique experience, and I just love the way she captures that. And she is totally #stepmomgoals if I ever am one. 😂😂 A must-listen for #audiobook lovers.

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wanderinglynn
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#two4tuesday (although it‘s already Wednesday here 😉)

1. Tagged
2. There, There by Tommy Orange is in my TBR stack. I‘ve read more Native American poets, like Joy Harjo, than Native American novelists.

Thanks for the tag @Eggs 💜

saritaroth 1. I haven't read many so I would have to say I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou. 2y
saritaroth 2. I have read a book by a Native American author, and I loved it! The book was The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie. 2y
TheSpineView Thanks for playing! 😊 2y
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sarahlandis
Pickpick

thought this was decent. 3/5

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AlysonCE
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Starting today 🤩

ElaineR Excellent cover 2y
EadieB Cute cover! 2y
AlysonCE @ElaineR & @EadieB - I know they say not to judge a book by its cover, but I just can't resist a Kitten! 😄🐈 2y
EadieB @AlysonCE 👍 I know the feeling! My daughter is a Veterinarian and has brought many kittens home. 2y
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Heatherfeather
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Pickpick

Omg so fucking funny

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AlysonCE
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New books arrived today. The BEST feeling 😍

Julsmarshall Loved the tagged book! Yay for new books! 2y
AlysonCE @Julsmarshall I can't wait to start reading them! 😄 2y
Nute Lovely stack! 1y
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typefetishist
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Love, love, loved it. Laughed more at the first book I read from Samantha (‘Meaty‘). I mean, I laughed a lot with this one too but it also had more relatable moments like:
‘I‘m not even sure I had a personality back then; I just tried to haphazardly arrange other people‘s projections and shit I thought was cool into something captivating.‘
Definitely recommend. Next step: I gotta go buy her third book!

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JoScho
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🌈 We Are Never Meeting in Real Life by the amazing Samantha Irby
🌈 Purple 💜💜💜
🌈 Taking care of my babies (my pets)
thanks for the tag @TheSpineView
#friyayintro

TheSpineView Any time! 😘 2y
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wanderinglynn
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#friYAYintro

1. Tagged! 🏳️‍🌈
2. Indigo 🌈
3. Writing
4. ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🖤🤍 sending much love and {hugs} to @Chrissyreadit @Meaw_catlady @Mitch @ozma.of.oz @ChaoticMissAdventures @AlaMich @Crazeedi @Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks @marleed @Mollyanna @TheSpineView @QuietlyLaura @sprainedbrain @Slajaunie @julesG @Addison_Reads and anyone who needs some extra positive energy this week. 💚

AlaMich Back at ya, @wanderinglynn ! And I also second your choice of tagged book...I ❤️ Samantha Irby!! 2y
TheSpineView Thanks for the tag! 😘🏷 2y
julesG 😘 2y
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Meaw_catlady Thanks for the love and positive energy! I need it ! And I‘m sending some straight back to you love! 🌈💙💖 2y
Alwaysbeenaloverofbooks Awww thank you 🤗❤️😘 2y
QuietlyLaura Thanks for the tag! ☺️ 2y
Addison_Reads Thank you for the tag! 💚 2y
sprainedbrain Thanks for the tag, Lynn! I did need that positive energy. ❤️ 2y
Crazeedi Thanks for the tag dear Lynn! I am feeling the positive love from you❤💛💙💚 2y
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bookandcat
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🌈 Rainbow stack with Xavier the cat.😸 These are all women writers and all TBR (except for Gertrude Stein which I have read before. But I'd read again!). Do any catch your fancy? I will be reading the Irby next for a book club in June! (The Babysitter's Club Club Club for Books - yes, a book club made up of podcast fans🤪)

#womenwriters #catsoflitsy #rainbow #rainbowstack

erinachu I just borrowed The Interestings from the library 2y
Andrea313 Hope you enjoy Irby's book! I can't get enough of her writing. 2y
bookandcat @erinachu let me know what you think of it! This would be my first Wolitzer 2y
bookandcat @Andrea313 oh good! This is my first. I'm looking forward to it. 2y
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wanderinglynn
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#magicalmay May 11: laughter

Two books that made me laugh out loud. I was in public reading these (at different times). People stared. It made me laugh harder.

And 3 posts in a row. Can you tell I‘m on a conference call? 😂

Maria514626 😁😁Jenny Lawson is fantastic! 2y
wanderinglynn @Maria514626 totally agree. I love her blog. 💜 2y
Eggs Well done 👍🏼📚🥳 2y
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madams421
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This week I got to listen to one of my favorite writers tell me a story about corndogs at an Indiana gas station. She told me as I write to imagine one person listening to my piece and try to make them laugh/think/feel. “Connect with people who get it, and horrify the people who don‘t.”

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Karkar
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Pickpick

I really love Samantha Irby. This one did not let me down!

Hooked_on_books I love her, too! I just started her newest one on audio today and was snort-laughing almost immediately. 2y
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Karkar
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Moving between four books - Dark half on audiobook- I cannot seem to disconnect myself from my phone to get any of these done. 😭 I am enjoying all of them. My brain just says nope not right now you need to do this or that on you phone.

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Joanne1
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Funny, twisted at times and very self-deprecating, this was a really good memoir. It reminds me somewhat of comedian Hannah Gadsby who I also adore.

#triplespin April
@TheAromaofBooks

TheAromaofBooks Woohoo!! 2y
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