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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.
Irby shows her sharp edge throughout a collection that touches on topics ranging from the potential pros and cons of living in a small town, her employment adventures at an animal hospital, her upbringing with an alcoholic, abusive father and the mother he exploited, her preoccupation with death, and her unpredicted path to lesbian marriage.
Author: Samantha Irby
Paperback Published February 2019 256 pages