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3.94  ·  Rating details ·  11,037 ratings  ·  1,252 reviews
Samantha Irby explodes onto the printed page with her debut collection of brand-new essays about trying to laugh her way through failed relationships, being black, taco feasts, bouts with Crohn's disease, and more. Every essay is crafted with the same scathing wit and poignant candor thousands of loyal readers have come to expect from visiting her notoriously hilarious blo ...more
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Published September 10th 2013 by Curbside Splendor Publishing, Inc. (first published September 9th 2013)
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Ashlee Null This book first came out in 2013 from a small press I believe so I assume after the success of "We are never meeting in real life" they are republishi…moreThis book first came out in 2013 from a small press I believe so I assume after the success of "We are never meeting in real life" they are republishing her first book(less)

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Richard Derus
Aug 20, 2013 rated it liked it
2019 UPDATE Samantha Irby hit it big: Comedy Central is developing this essay collection with her own good self as writer and executive producer!

Real Rating: 3.5* of five

It's Women's History Month! Time to visit or revisit work by women who have inspired, uplifted, made a difference to you, to me, to us all!

I reviewed this collection of essays for The Small Press Book Review. It's by a blogger called Samantha Irby, a Person of Size whose blog is called Bitches Gotta Eat.

I wasn't sure about these
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
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If you are a person of weak constitution or with delicate sensibilities, I have one thing to say to you about Meaty . . . . .

Not even kidding. R.U.N. . . . . .

Because this author is the posterchild for . . . . .

However, if you are like me you will read the following (which appears on like Page 2) . . . . .

“I am irritated 99.8% of the time. I hate everything. I loathe everyone.”

And instantly have this to say to Samanth
Nov 05, 2013 rated it liked it
If there is a lifestyle porn subgenre for adult women who don't live in saucy Real Simple inspired dwellings but instead sit in their dumpy apartments eating cereal every meal, unshaven legs propped up on a raggedy ottoman, I will be the champion of that genre. I love stories of women who are trying to be adults, but who get frustrated with the details and all of the effort and straight-lacedness and just fucking live in a way that makes them happy, even if they are broke or their carpets are fu ...more
Feb 28, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: non-fiction, memoir, arc
I love Samantha Irby. I adored her second essay collection, I find her funny and relatable, and I enjoyed this collection (her first now republished with a beautiful cover) a whole lot as well. I have been reading mostly heavy memoirs and this was the perfect antidote to those. While there is obvious darkness here, there is also light and humour. I absolutely sped through this and it made me happy while doing so.

I adore her language and her honesty. I love how honest she talks about her body and
Emily B
So much of this was relatable and I couldn’t help but think thank god someone was saying half the things she was!

I just didn’t tear through this book like I do with ones I really love.

I am going to read some of her other books though
Jun 20, 2018 rated it really liked it
Shelves: essays
Samantha Irby’s first book was given to me by my best friend, who is a legit writer who performs her nonfiction essays in front of people like some kind of professional and is my go-to expert on which essay collections to read. I wasn’t familiar with Irby, or her blog, before this book was given to me, but I’m officially a convert now. Her essays are personal and heartfelt and really, really funny, and her voice is so strong that it practically leaps off the page – I have never met Samantha Irby ...more
Victor Giron
Jan 19, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I'm publishing this so yeah I love it! ...more
Julie Ehlers
Sep 11, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
What is there to say about this except that Samantha Irby is the most hilarious? Meaty was her first book, originally self-published. It's apparently been revised somehow under the eye of the editors at Vintage, but as always it's clear that Irby is a natural talent (not always the case with bloggers-turned-authors, as we've all seen). And when she gets serious, as in her rant near the end on dating disappointment and "bitterness," she's just as effective. Her tendency to reveal everything is oc ...more
Aug 14, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Irby is a bucket of ice water in the face, the hottest chili in the supposedly mild batch, the best pastrami sandwich in the world--the shock of the bold in other words. Not for the squeamish--this Chicago humorist writes of life meaty and unmediated. If you like your humor STRONG, if you can take the rawness of being female without a bow on top, if you think language is there to be wielded as a weapon in the war against despair and conformity and timidity and 'make it all nice-ness,' y ...more
Jessica Woodbury
I avoided Irby for a long time because everyone said there was so much bodily function stuff and I can be a little prone to primness, and when I did read her I purposely didn't start with this book for the same reason, but it turns out I do not mind it at all! Irby's openness is not the kind that makes me squirm, it is not for the purpose of grossing anyone out, it is just told frankly and in the best way to give you an understanding of just what it is like to have her particular body. It was si ...more
I can't say I enjoyed this. Well, I mean, I can but I would be lying because this was not at all enjoyable to me.
And yet it was quite often relatable.
And it's candid. And dryly funny.
But mostly it's meaty, as the title suggests, and I do not like too much meat. It doesn't digest well in my delicate system.

As you can see, it took me almost a month and a half to read this book of 253 pages, all essays. It was a slog to get through because I felt weighed down so much of the time but I am glad I rea
Aug 02, 2018 marked it as put-aside
I didn’t like this one so much. Seems like Irby is trying way too hard. I just can’t get into the juvenalia, though a couple of GR friends quote some funny bits.
Sep 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I want to be Samantha Irby’s BFF IRL. Readers of her hilarious blog, Bitches Gotta Eat, know what I’m talking about — her spare-nothing honesty, her self-deprecating sense of humor and her unflinching observations about living young, broke and creative in the city make her the kind of rad chick you just want to hang out with. Preferably over a large pizza and a pint of ice cream.

Meaty, by Samantha IrbyAll the qualities I love about Bitches Gotta Eat are polished and condensed in this collection
Sep 24, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites
If you read nothing else this year: read this book. You will feel immediately connected to Samantha Irby's writing, her personality, and her sharp, unapologetic way of telling her stories. I've been a fan of her blog for a long time and couldn't wait for her essay collection to come out. Read it in two days and loved it.

Not only will you laugh out loud, but you will also feel the rawness and sadness that comes through the striking comedy of her words. It's hard for a writer to make you spit wate
Samantha Irby, can we PLEASE be best friends?!

Oh, this book was SO SO SO funny. No other book has made me laugh this hard, out loud. Not ever.

While most of the stories were irrelevant to my life, a lot of the sentiment behind them related to me as a human being. Her sense of humor is almost IDENTICAL to mine, and she curses a lot which also mirrors my personality. I related to her personality and lifestyle very much.

I want to be friends with Samantha Irby. Like, seriously.

Now I need to go re
Leah Craig
Feb 23, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For real - I love Sam Irby with my whole heart. She’s hilarious, vulgar, real, witty and raw. She’s got this “fuck it, I’m gonna tell y’all exactly how it went down with 0 shame” way of writing that makes you feel like her best friend once you’ve finished reading. And she always replies to my comments on Instagram which makes me feel super special 😏
Lisa Leone-campbell
Dec 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Ever since I read and laughed through Irby's latest book of essays, Wow, No Thank You, I wanted to read her very first book which is based on her blog, bitches gotta eat. Although Meaty is still very funny and extremely clever, it is much more raunchy than her last book. But what I could absolutely see is how strong her writing has become since Meaty.

The essays are once again hysterical and identifiable. She writes what women feel. In the essay "awkward first date" Irby lets the reader begin to
Mar 15, 2014 rated it really liked it
So. Wow. Yeah, she just said that. This is my general reaction to reading the collection of essays/blog posts by Samantha Irby. "Raw" is a really polite way to describe her voice. It's realer, more sorrowful, edgier and at times uglier and more gross - more flat out disgusting to an excruciating amount of detail - than "raw." And just when I'm questioning if I can stomach what she's telling me (even though I alternately can't understand her logic and then fully identify with what she writes abou ...more
Sep 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Maybe you don’t recall reading that classic Montaigne essay “Massive Wet Asses,” and perhaps you were “too cool” to read your grandmother’s Erma Bombeck collection with that one piece entitled “How to Get Your Disgusting Meat Carcass Ready for Some New, Hot Sex,” and maybe Philip Lopate’s “Sorry I Shit on Your Dick” flew right under your radar. Don’t worry, Joyce Carol: Those three never got around to writing those essays, but Samantha Irby has stepped in to fill that, um, void, with “Meaty.” Th ...more
chantel nouseforaname
Samantha Irby is funny. However - there's something about her writing that doesn't sit well with me and I can't quite put my finger on it. I thought that maybe it was her wannabe shock-rock sort of talk that put me off. Or maybe it was all her talk about anal sex in juxtaposition to Crohn's disease which is like okay, we get it, you're gonna shit on their dick after you eat a cheese sandwich; but how much can you really milk this convo girl? I don't know. I felt like I read that diatribe re Croh ...more
Chanel M
Apr 26, 2014 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 52-books-year
I didn't love it . :(

I wanted to, I really did. The first few chapters were AMAZING! I loved her honesty. She opened up about so many things that I do in secret, too. I always knew I couldn't be alone in those experiences but I never had the courage to test that theory.

Oh....and the chapters where she went deep, like "My mother, my daughter" were relieving. I mean she was so honest about something that is probably one of her biggest regrets. Made me feel like I wasn't wrong for moving past my
Jessica Sullivan
Wow, this was a ride! Let’s just cut to the chase: Samantha Irby is absolutely hilarious. And she’s not afraid to go to some weird, disgusting, taboo places in her writing. I love this about her.

In this series of personal essays, Irby expresses herself the way I think a lot of us secretly wish we could: beyond the cute and socially acceptable self-deprecation and head-first into the gross, scathing and shocking. She dares readers to understand the things she’s talking about, and to our great hor
reading is my hustle
Oct 30, 2014 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: bitches, of course!
Recommended to reading is my hustle by: Richard Derus
She writes for bitches.

The blog bitchesgottaeat makes me laugh. Hard. How I missed that Samantha Irby published a book of rants essays is concerning. Am I losing it?

Samantha Irby gets 4 stars alone for her bravery. I love that she is shameless. So much of what she has written here are things that I most definitely may have thought but never admitted to. We share the same birthday and I kept feeling cool because of it. She is hilarious, forthright to an extreme, and raunchy. But. There are time
Richard  Thomas
Oct 30, 2013 rated it it was amazing
One of the funniest books I've read since David Sedaris. Smart, honest, touching, raw, sexy, dark, dysfunctional and as human as it gets. Brilliant. ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I will never complain about my poops ever again. #perspective
Rachel León
Dec 30, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Irby is brave with her honesty and oh so hilarious. This essay collection tackles sex, Crohn's disease, celibacy, body image, finances, and relationships. A few of the essays made me sad, while others made me laugh out loud. For those who enjoy essay collections, this one is a notable one worth checking out. I'm excited to read her forthcoming second book, out in 2017. ...more
Curbside Splendor
Aug 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
We're the publisher, and we think it's dope. ...more
Amanda Van Parys
I've had this book on my actual bookshelf at home for way too damn long. I love Irby's blog, Bitches Gotta Eat, and I was super excited to read this book when it first came out. So here I am, six freaking years later and finally getting to it... At least I bought it.

I checked out the audiobook from the library which Irby reads herself, which I liked. I like hearing authors read their own work when possible. Anyway, this book delivered everything I wanted.

Read for the 2019 Read Harder Challenge:
Travis Fortney
Oct 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
My review from the Chicago Center for Literature and Photography, which you can find here:


This book of essays piqued my interest because it's written by a Chicagoan--and not just any Chicagoan, but one who resides in the part of Rogers Park that realtors like to call "Loyola Park". Which means Samantha Irby likely binge-watches Breaking Bad only a couple city blocks from where I binge-watch Breaking Bad. It's always fascinating to read about an author trying to "mask the
Claire Reads Books
This book was real and hilarious and at times read like Bridget Jones for the next generation. Between this and “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life,” Samantha Irby has become one of my favorite essayists/humor writers (she also does great audiobook narrations).
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