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256 pages, Paperback
First published August 7, 2018
With the exception of some brief mentions of growing up with a large family in a country of large families and a few jokes, the book could be a product of an AI tuned to turn out brief essays on Brooklyn hipster topics after having been fed old Mary Tyler Moore Show episodes as background (Maeve is going to make it after all.). Admittedly unfairly, the writing doesn't bring the funny which the reader expects once we hear Maeve is a comedian. Of course, comics shouldn't necessarily be criticized for their more honest, vulnerable veritae writings but that's just not how the publishing business works. More fairly, the writing clunks at times such as using the word "body" once or twice each sentence during the obligatory living with societally imposed body shaming chapter. Maybe throw in a "physical being", "corporeal", "meatsack" just to break up the repetition a bit.
In short, buzzword bingo essays in the style of blogs which aim to do no more than affiliate with the reader and tell small stories with little literary flair are all the rage in the twenty-teens and this is an example if you like that sort of t'ing.