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Wow, No Thank You.

By Samantha Irby
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Publisher Description

#1 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER • Lambda Literary Award for Bisexual Nonfiction Award Winner • A rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays from the New York Times bestselling author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

“Stay-up-all-night, miss-your-subway-stop, spit-out-your-beverage funny.” —Jia Tolentino, New York Times bestselling author of Trick Mirror

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.

Don't miss Samantha Irby's bestselling new book, Quietly Hostile!

87 Reviews

“Listened to the audiobook-- enjoyable if you've liked her other works.”
“funny and well written but someone recommended i listen to the audiobook version and i wish i hadn’t!! i have a feeling that if i’d read a physical book i would have enjoyed it more :/”
“I listened to the audiobook version of Irby's essay collection which was narrated by Irby herself. Her deadpan delivery is a delight. The styles of essays are very varied and could be about lists of silly things to accounts of her romantic escapades, her career milestones, her chronic illness flareups and more. I most enjoyed the parts where she got real. She discusses being poor, living without electricity, living with the threat of eviction. She describes not wanting to have kids. She also offers insight into what it takes to make something these days (books, shows). You're expected to market and busk to get your content consumed, and she just wants to write and be herself and not participate in all that. There are laugh out loud parts of this book, but I think your mileage may vary depending on whether you prefer self deprecating humor or not. Ultimately, I do think Irby owns who she is and is proud of where she's at in life, so the deprecation is all in good fun.”
“I laughed and screamed my way through this. That essay on 90’s mix tapes??? I have never felt so seen IN MY WHOLE ADULT LIFE. It is so relatable and so excellent and you should DEFINITELY listen to the Sam Irby read it to you on audio, because why wouldn’t you??? Highly recommend.”
“Many lol moments! As a person who has non-stop narratives going on in my mind all the time, these essays are very relatable!”

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