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So You're a Little Sad, So What?: Nice Things to Say to Yourself on Bad Days and Other Essays

4.46  ·  Rating details ·  154 ratings  ·  29 reviews
With her just-right combination of sensitivity, vulnerability, and hilarity, comedian and podcaster Alicia Tobin has won fans among the biggest names in contemporary comedy, from Paul F. Tompkins to Rob Delaney. In her prose debut, the host of Retail Nightmares and Super! Sick! Podcast! takes readers through the funniest parts of sadness and the saddest parts of funniness. ...more
Paperback, 160 pages
Published October 2019 by Robin's Egg Books / Arsenal Pulp Press
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Tej Swatch
Oct 10, 2019 rated it it was amazing
There was a moment, late in the book, when I stopped and thought "this book isn't tailing off. It's getting better." Books of essays save the weaker entries for the end. Not SYALSSW? There's not a bad one in the bunch. They're lovely, sad and funny, and I'll reread them.

Tobin is someone I'd like to sit down with and cry about the sadness of it all. Then laugh at the absurdity of doing such a thing. Then go for tea with and acknowledge how nice things can be and how lucky we are.

She's a gem. I ho
Nov 05, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I first heard of Alicia Tobin way back in 2012 when I was introduced to the weekly comedy podcast, Stop Podcasting Yourself. Since then, I’ve been a loyal listener and Alicia is one of my favorite recurring guests. When I found out that she had written a book of essays, I knew I had to get my hands on it as soon as possible. I was not disappointed!

Alicia writes like she’s been churning out essays for years, which is impressive considering this is her first book. The stories in here are touching,
Feb 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: essays, memoir, favorites
I kind of can't believe I loved, so much, a book that has an entire essay about a dog (please don't kill me all at once, dog people). I laughed, I cried, I connected with this beyond all reason. A lot of uncomfortable truths here made palatable through levity. If you're in general a little bit sad and/or sensitive and that's just kind of your overall state of being, you need this. I'm so glad she made it. ...more
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is an absolutely delightful read. As an avid listener of Alicia's podcast, it was so easy to hear her voice as I read. I feel like a just spent a lovely weekend with Alicia with her beautifully open heart and comedically genius mind. ...more
I read this in two sittings, and I'm going to have to buy a lending copy because I made a bunch of notes in my book and also it's signed.

In my opinion, one of her episodes (293) of Stop Podcasting Yourself remains the funniest of the entire show. I love her podcast Retail Nightmares, and last week she mentioned reading some GR reviews (don't!) and said to give it 5 stars (a classic podcast thing to say). I was worried that as much as I love her work, it wouldn't be a 5 star book for me. There a
Mar 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Loved this. Generous and funny.
Sep 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: cnf-essays
This is the book I am buying for all my friends this Christmas. It strikes a delightful/tender/melancholy/funny chord of perfection in its short awesome essays.
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I did not expect this book to make me feel as emotional as it did. It's both funny and sad and just very honest in a beautiful, vulnerable way.

It's a great read that arrived at just the right time for me personally and I'm sure I'll re-read certain essays again in the future, because they just stuck with me.
Nov 06, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I started with a lot of laughs and then I ended with a good cry. Such a good array of essays that made me feel really good reading them.
Levi Tinney
Oct 16, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I laughed. Hard. I cried. A little. My heart was strengthened by this volume of touching and hilarious essays in a way that is difficult to describe.

Alicia perfectly understands and describes loneliness and depression but the end result is uplifting and heartening.

Animal lovers in particular will adore her essays on her relationships with her dogs, the animals in her neighborhood, the wildlife in urban Vancouver and especially an injured pigeon rescued from certain death by the loan of a Baris
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I've been a long-time listener and fan of Alicia's comedy and podcasts. When I listen to her, it feels like she is my friend. Although if I ever ran into her in public I think I would be too shy and not say anything. So thank-you Alicia, for creating this nice book. I laughed out loud on the bus, I felt so sad, I felt less alone, I felt permission to be kinder to myself, and to see more beauty in the world. She is like a special friend in your pocket. I'm going to read this again when I feel I n ...more
Anahid  Chujunian
Jan 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked up Alicia Tobin’s book because I am a huge fan of her and Jessica Delisle’s hilarious podcast Retail Nightmares. Just like her commentary on the podcast, Alicia’s essays hit home in so many ways that left me feeling less alone in a world where it is easier to than not. I read this book in one sitting! Go buy it! Alicia forever!
Laurie Woolever
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So funny, so tender and kind without being a ball of mush. I laughed and cried and made a list of many people to whom I needed to urgently recommend this book. Dogs, clothes, food, retail work, childhood, depression, elation, survival, comedy and so much more. Please read this book and share it with everyone.
Roland Le Fort
Mar 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: library
This book is a fantastic read for anyone that is looking for something optimistic, hilarious, touching or simply just a good read. Alicia Tobin's personality shines through in her wonderful writing, truly allowing the reader to know her by the end of this essay collection. This is one of the best books that I have read in years, and would encourage anyone to read it as well. ...more
Maia Odegaard
Mar 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This book of essays was lovely and relatable. It made me laugh! It also made me cry a little — but isn't that the mark of a great book? Being moved by the author's words? Alicia Tobin is an absolute gem, her podcasts are my favourites (there are two of them) and I can't wait to devour whatever she writes next! ...more
Jun 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
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A very funny, smart, but most of all beautiful book. Alica captures the beauty, humour and sadness of life so well. The final essay, Three Dogs, brought me to tears by the end as someone who has loved and lost dogs over the years. Alicia is a good egg. Thank you for this book ❤️
Jan 15, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. It has such a variety of essays, but a consistent frankness and kindness. Esp. if you've listened to any of Alicia's podcasts, you can really hear the book in her voice and it's really lovely. I'd love to hear an audiobook of this! ...more
Feb 14, 2021 rated it really liked it
I know every funny book of essays these days is compared to David Sedaris, so I'm definitely not going to say that this book by Vancouver comedian Alicia Tobin is what would happen if David Sedaris lived in Canada's Coastal Rainhole. ...more
Adam Pateman
Nov 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
It’s hard to find funny books. And it’s hard to feel like you truly know a writer from their writing. But this book is both of those things. So goddamned funny and so goddamned good at revealing the writer behind the words. Loved it.
Jessica Wright
Feb 25, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Gorgeous book. The perfect mix of humour and heartbreak, sometimes I laughed out loud and sometimes I felt a dozen feelings all at once. I truly felt able to be little kinder to myself and the world when I finished it. Thanks Alicia, the world is a better place for having your book in it.
Mar 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing
So nice!
Dec 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book so much. I think only David Sedaris has made me both laugh out loud and cry just a bit. So I'm a little sad, so what? ...more
I wouldn’t say this made me feel better, but it did make me feel less alone. It’s also funny and real and maybe inspiring.
Dec 31, 2019 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book and found myself wanting more. It does have some sad stories but it's not depressing. It's hopeful, funny, and overall well written. ...more
Rory Fraser
Feb 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
Funny and good.
Mar 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Genuine, funny, and intelligently written- a must read!
Fiona Fayker
Aug 31, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I listen to Alicia's podcast Retail Nightmares, and love it. I loved this book, laughed out loud several times and also cried. A very entertaining read. Hope she writes more!👍👍 ...more
Mar 05, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I loved Alicia’s writing so much that I savoured this book, taking my time with it and not wanting it to end.
Feb 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I picked up this book after a particularly bad week and read it in one sitting. It’s like Chicken Soup for the Soul for kinda-jaded people who are trying their best in a shitty world. I loved it so much, and I’ll be thinking about these short stories for a long time.
Elizabeth Spalt
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Dec 08, 2020
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