We Are Never Meeting In Real Life: Essays by Samantha Irby (5 out of 5) 

I came to discover Samantha Irby some years ago when the wily Felicia told me about her debut “Meaty”. I bought it and laughed my ass off. And I sympathized with her and agreed with her. But more than any of that? Laughed. My. Ass. Off. This collection? Much of the same. With a few exceptions. Some of her essays brought tears to my eyes. Most specifically, the one about her relationship with her estranged dad, her mom’s long illness and her relationship with her, and what happens when she loses both. And that is NOT meant to sound so grim! On the contrary. Irby takes the roller coaster ride through nostalgia country, does some wheelies along the way, and still finds a way to recognize the merits of fantastic fried chicken. Wait until you meet Helen. A girlfriend, you ask? Oh no..Samantha’s cat. Look at the book cover. That will give you a good idea. And even Helen ends up wringing some tears out of the reader…while tearing out Irby’s arm at the same time. This selection of essays hits on everything- the gals, the one guy who got away, the perils of Nutrisystem, gastrointestinal tales of infestiminal woe, cats, the hidden threat of cheap garage sale chairs, road trips to scatter the ashes of your dead relative, and one of my personal favorites here…”The Bachelorette” audition tape. Priceless! As is the rest of her book. Go grab your copy. 

~ by generationgbooks on July 21, 2017.

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