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A new essay collection from Samantha Irby about aging, marriage, settling down with step children in white, small town AmericaIrby is turning forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and is courted by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know how with her wife and two step children in a small white, Republican town in Michigan where she now hosts book clubs This is the bourgeois life of dreams She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with skinny, luminous peoples while being a cheese fry eating slightly damp Midwest person, with neck pain and no cartilage in her knees, and hides Entenmann s cookies under her bed and unopened bills under her pillow Samantha Irby understands my inner curmudgeon This was smart, funny and charming as with Irby s other books I enjoyed reading it Few writers do self deprecation to elucidate a larger point as well as she does Also white people Y all must stop confusing Samantha and I Each time she mentioned it here I was embarrassed for you guys She s awesome I am decent We look nothing alike There isthan one big black woman writer with tattoos I just blew your mind, I am sure. incredible, truly. NOW AVAILABLE this book made me love samantha irby as much as the rest of you already do cuz i admit i was not crazy about We Are Never Meeting In Real Life i went on and on about why in my review, but you re already here, so to summarize i d never read her before and a few too many of the essays came across as self conscious and overworked, like she was trying to shove humor memoir pieces through a short story filter it felt off in shape and form keeping the reader at arm s length by NOW AVAILABLE this book made me love samantha irby as much as the rest of you already do cuz i admit i was not crazy about We Are Never Meeting In Real Life i went on and on about why in my review, but you re already here, so to summarize i d never read her before and a few too many of the essays came across as self conscious and overworked, like she was trying to shove humor memoir pieces through a short story filter it felt off in shape and form keeping the reader at arm s length by using too many overlaying gimmicky style flourishes, as clunky as that sentence i just wrote this new collection is fantastic it s muchconfident and conversational and loose it doesn t feel like writing that s been reworked too many times, its best parts buried under unnecessary zazz and flair she s funny enough to justwrite, to lay it all out there without second guessing any of it, powering through in an engaging tone as unfussy as the essays contents, many of which are about blood, poop, and tears the verymany failings of the body and the mind and the spirit she and i seem to have many areas of same shame self deprecatory overlap i, too, am an ill prepared child person whose body is a toilet, always wondering although in less perfect words , Am I ever going to stop writing the horror movie I have been starring in since the day I was born it is heartening to know that i m not the only one so unsuited for 92% of life everything from navigating social situations to home ownership i also appreciate her USE OF CAPITAL LETTERS FOR EMPHASIS, especially as someone who just had all their similarly deployed capital letters turned into wimpy italics by an otherwise delightful editor it s kind of perfect that this book is pubbing mid quarantine, because if there s anyone absolutely suited for the Q lifestyle, it s samantha irby her five k bler ross stages of impending social engagement dismay is an all too familiar process though i m sure she receives farinvitations than i do since ain t none of us going out anytime soon, i ll leave it here as a reminder of olden times before returning to my rona cave.1 Denial Did I really tell homegirl I would meet her for dinner and drinks tonight, or is this a dream 2 Anger WHY THE FUCK DID I AGREE TO THIS I HATE GOING PLACES AND DOING THINGS WHY WOULD THEY EVEN INVITE ME 3 Bargaining If I go to this restaurant tonight, and I tell some jokes and act real sweet, I will keep this friendship intact, plus I won t have to make up a transparent lie or sneak around trying not to like shit on Instagram, and also I don t ever have to leave my crib ever again 4 Depression Is there anything worse in life than someone wanting to hang out with me Especially in a fancy bar that serves handcrafted cocktails Maybe I can throw myself off the organic rooftop urban garden and end this miserable charade for good 5 Acceptance Fine then, I ma just watch four episodes of SVU and eat saltines with my shoes on until it s time to call a Lyft back to blanket town sold come to my blog