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We Are Never Meeting in Real Life

Samantha Irby

The essays in this outstanding collection are full of her signature humor, wit, and charming self-deprecation but there is so much more to her writing… Irby lays bare the beautiful, uncompromising truths of her life. I cannot remember the last time I was so moved by a book. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life is as close to perfect as an essay collection can get.’ — Roxane Gay, New York Times bestselling author of Difficult Women and Bad Feminist

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Irby might be our great bard of quarantine.’ New York Times

In this painfully funny collection, Samantha Irby captures powerful emotional truths while chronicling the rubbish bin she calls her life. From an ill-fated pilgrimage to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes to awkward sexual encounters to the world’s first completely honest job application, and more, sometimes you just have to laugh, even when your life is permanently pear-shaped.

‘I cannot remember the last time I was so moved by a book. As close to perfect as an essay collection can get.’ Roxane Gay
‘Hilarious. I love it.’ Candice Carty-Williams
Samantha Irby is stay-up-all-night, miss-your-subway-stop, spit-out-your-beverage funny.’ Jia Tolentino

Don’t miss Samantha Irby’s newest book: the number one bestselling Wow, No Thank You. is available now.

Critic Reviews

Blogger and comedian Samantha Irby manages to take life's lemons and turn them into lemonade. From a difficult childhood to awkward romantic encounters, this is a brilliant and heartwarming account of how to keep your chin up and carry on.

Emily Baker, The Pool
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No topic is off limits for the bestselling writer and performer, known for her blog Bitches Gotta Eat. You'll devour these hilarious essays.

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Zesty, zeitgeisty humour with real insight.

Irish Times
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A very, raw, real, funny, excellent look at a life that is complicated like anyone else’s.

Octavia Bright, NTS Literary Friction
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Irby's essays are by turns eye-wateringly hilarious and down-to-earth and authentic, delivering emotional punches that tell us about what it is to be human. An utterly talented and wickedly funny writer who deserves every success.

Nikesh Shukla
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A memoir of the life of a sardonic, at times awkward, at times depressed black woman with Crohn’s (an inflammatory-bowel disease) and degenerative arthritis…. Her acerbic, raw honesty on the page — often punctuated with all-caps comic parenthetical asides — unflinchingly recounts experiences such as the humiliating intrusion of explosive diarrhea on romantic and borderline-romantic interludes.

New York Magazine

Samantha Irby is a New York Times-bestselling author and writes the blog “bitches gotta eat.”

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