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Wow, No Thank You

Wow, No Thank You

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Book - 2020
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"Irby is forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with "tv executives slash amateur astrologers" while being a "cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person," "with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees," who still hides past due bills under her pillow. The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby's new life. Wow, No Thank You is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable"--Amazon.com
Publisher: New York : Vintage Books, 2020
ISBN: 9780525563488
0525563482
Characteristics: 319 pages ; 21 cm

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Ivy_Digest
Jul 02, 2021

This is a fine example of “Writing Down the Bones” by Natalie Goldberg that gets to the truth of what you really think or feel.

Sam heedlessly shares 18 sordid stories shorn of self-esteem or vanity. I can’t help but admire her brave bluntness and sharp prose. Unlike many essayists, she doesn’t think she’s clever nor funny. But she is!

I can't give this 5 stars because she swears. But Sam is now my favorite writer whom I hope to emulate.

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IvyDigest
Jul 02, 2021

I don’t recommend books that swear but this made me laugh and admire the writing----so it’s an exception.

Sam is a recalcitrant blogger and bestseller who rips open her wounds for the reader’s delight and reenacts the pain that we’ve all felt. We are there with her when she sweats her version of 40 YO Fat “Insecure” (an HBO show) with volatile diarrhea and raging periods.

It's midlife crisis at its tragic and comedic best.

Exemplary storytelling with humor----the hardest combo to write.

NOTE: Mature content, maybe for age 14 up depending on how queasy you are with curses and poop.
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redtayres
Jun 23, 2021

The last words spoken to me from my best friend of 20+ years were "no thank you", as I tried to get her to see if we could work on fixing a perceived wrong I'd caused. So that phrase resonates with me and I'm overjoyed to have Samantha Irby replace it with her voice - rather than my ex-BFF's. She makes me laugh and, truth be told, I'd like to count her amongst my friends, as meager as that group has become. Can I, Ms. Irby? I cannot wait to read her earlier books of essays. I'm so happy to have discovered her. So yes, thank you.

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LinChi
Jun 05, 2021

Funny but really chaotic. Sometimes overwhelmingly chaotic. But the things she talks about are often so trivial I would have trouble staying interested (especially with everything going on with Tabitha)

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Audrey_1974
Jun 04, 2021

The Independent (UK) newspaper calls this the best for laughs LGBTQ+ book for the year.

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TheresaBro
May 18, 2021

Hysterical. I burst out laughing on some parts and couldn't stop giggling. There is foul language, and there's tons of personality and honesty. Laughed til I cried in parts.

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FloraWest
May 06, 2021

A collection of funny, smart essays that suffers only from sometimes too much similarity of theme and tone. (In fairness, I often have this problem with collections of shorter works so this is not all on her.) If you like contemporary humorous essays that might make you laugh aloud, check it out. Reminds me of stuff you might hear on This American Life if you could swear on NPR.

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pozrob
Apr 22, 2021

They’re definitely some belly busting, laugh out loud parts in this book that chronicles a 40 something y/o’s journey to keep up with personal hygiene, healthcare, balancing domestic life with life at ‘work’, and the endless battle staying ahead of the curve with tech gadgets and the technology knowledge needed to operate them. This book is for adults who are not easily offended by gratuitous over the top profanity and vulgar explicit details of certain bodily functions. This is college boy humor at it’s worst, written from a female perspective.

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Literary_Lioness
Apr 16, 2021

Wow, I loved this read.... Samatha Irby seems like my kind of fun. Crass, real, and sarcastically charismatic . Definitely could relate to many topics talked about in her book! A much needed laugh during quarantine. For the people saying "Why i've never heard such language" maybe you should go check out the kids section. If it's not for you, then just keep it moving, but don't knock others for enjoying this novel during a very difficult time period in many peoples lives..We can all use a laugh now and then. I Can't wait to check out her other works.

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courtws
Nov 16, 2020

Wow, no thank you. I'm CLEARLY not this author's intended audience. I only made it to page 4 (the second page) before the voice and profanity turned me off. Way off. Fast. DNF. Won't try again. Americans must have a far higher tolerance for such c@)p than I do. Why do authors think it's necessary to swear? ugh. Wow, no thank you.

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