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Wow, No Thank You.

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A Vintage Paperback Original.
A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby about aging, marriage, settling down with step-children in white, small-town America, health food and skincare obsessions, money trouble, the real story of glamorous Hollywood life and more.


Beloved writer Samantha Irby returns
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Paperback, 336 pages
Expected publication: March 31st 2020 by Vintage
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Samantha Irby
Jan 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
incredible, truly.
Jasmine Guillory
Feb 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Irbys writing cracks me up on a consistent basis so I went into this book ready to be entertained. And I was, but it was also so much more than that touching, emotional, relatable, surprising. And on top of all of that, just tons of fun. ...more
Nenia ⚡ Aspiring Evil Overlord ⚡ Campbell
Samantha Irby understands my inner curmudgeon
Lupita Reads
Feb 17, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Just when I thought Samantha Irby could not get any funnier she knocks me in the gut with this essay collection making me laugh hysterically into tears.
Sara McBride
Dec 29, 2019 rated it really liked it
Shelves: prepub
I enjoyed Irby's new book immensely, but I do have to wonder if perhaps it's a little less biting and hard-hitting because the author is... happy? Many of the essays in "Wow, No Thank You." feel a little bit like Erma Bombeck if Erma Bombeck didn't shave her armpits. That's not an insult - Erma Bombeck is funny and it's a shame she's gone out of style. But they're generally kinder and gentler this time around.
Kyra Leseberg (Roots & Reads)
Mar 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: arc
My introduction to Samantha Irby was her essay collection We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Id heard that it was hilarious and heartfelt but honestly, I never expected to sob! She shared tragic and often embarrassing stories from her life with the perfect balance of honesty and humor.

In Wow, No Thank You. Irby delivers more hilarious and relatable stories of her life with a focus on aging. Shes now forty, married with stepchildren, questioning things like home ownership, and uses an entire day
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Janine
Jan 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, funny, essays
Confession time: I own a copy of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life that I have never read, which I only own because I was the first person to borrow it from the library, and almost immediately managed to upend an open bottle of iced tea in my book bag, having to replace the copy. I bought a new copy for the library, kept the damaged copy, and, because I now owned it, promptly put it on a book shelf, where it still sits.

This is all to say that, after reading Wow, No Thank You I really need to
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Maureen
Mar 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Irby is my spirit animal. Thats my review. ...more
Tess
Mar 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
WOW, NO THANK YOU is another rip-roaring collection of snippets from Samantha Irby's life. I've been a fan of her writing for a while, and this book (her 3rd) does not disappoint. While there isn't a thread connecting all of the stories like her other two, it's still a fascinating glimpse into her life, making you feel like you could be best friends with Irby because yes, I have also felt the same way about many of these life frustrations!

My favorite story was about how she came to write the
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Sarah
Feb 22, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I received an ARC from the publisher, opinions are my own.

Im a big fan of Samantha Irby. I find her humor to be overwhelmingly funny, like clutching my sides funny. There are several moments in this book that did that for me, especially Hysterical! and the chapter about home repairs. Irby is so funny that its almost easy to miss the more serious aspects of her writing, both on a craft and content level. She approaches her essays with simple forms that really work, like lists, and she touches on
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Malia
Mar 19, 2020 rated it really liked it
It's good to see that marriage hasn't softened Samantha Irby's writing too much! This book is just all VOICE, and it's voice I really enjoy reading. I read her previous book, and this book too is very misanthropic, very self-deprecating, and really leans into what is essentially body horror.

Nonetheless, I appreciate it. I love that she's the same age as me and we share so many cultural touchstones, but we're also different enough that reading her work gives me new perspectives. I think a good
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LiteraryMarie
Mar 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
In Wow, No Thank You., Samantha Irby writes essays about adulthood, aging, marriage, moving from Chicago to lil 'ole Kalamazoo, freelancing and famous life. Her self-deprecating humor had me laughing with her versus at her, sometimes in public which garnered strange looks but ah well. I just continued chuckling and held the Kindle up as an explanation. From the very first chapter until the hilarious end, I nodded my head in agreement and said "me too, girl" aloud too many times to count.

Women
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Amanda
Feb 09, 2020 rated it really liked it
I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley.
The title is what caught me. I had never read anything by Samantha Irby before, but I am A FAN now! From the first story I was hooked. She is so relatable and absolutely hilarious! I'll definitely be picking up a hard copy when it's released, and recommending this book to customers!
BecSoBookish
Mar 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
I love Irby's writing style and her sense of humor, but this book has been the most relatable for me. She talks about marriage, home ownership, and career changes, which mirrors the phase of life I'm currently in. I do think that Irby has the ability to make any circumstance of her life relatable to the reader, but I also know that I needed someone else to express my random questions about home repairs. If there's any distinct weakness in this book, it would be that a couple of the essays drag ...more
Lorri Steinbacher
Feb 06, 2020 rated it really liked it
Read in prepub. Due out March 2020.

You haven't read Samantha Irby? I feel simultaneously sorry for you. Go out and rectify that now. She will make you laugh. She will make you question your own life choices. She will definitely make you question some of hers.
Greg Mania
Mar 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing
RUN, DON'T WALK, TO ORDER THIS BOOK FROM YOUR NEAREST INDIE.
Cheri
Jan 11, 2020 rated it liked it
Samantha Irby is entertaining but bugs me after a while. I enjoyed her previous book much more. She does make me laugh.
Ang
Dec 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
Always enjoyable! Fave essay was BY FAR "late-1900s time capsule" because I'm pretty sure, minus a few songs/artists (never been a PJ Harvey or Hole person), I could've written it. Irby could have been poking through my music collection while writing.

Four stars only because there were a couple essays I really didn't care for, but ymmv, and anyway, I recommend this even if you also don't like two essays, because all of the rest are so damn good. (Oh, the essay about getting a dog. Yes to every
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Tracy Towley
Jan 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Sam Irby is a national treasure.
Erin (roostercalls)
Jan 03, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2019-reads
Hello 911?  This book made me laugh so hard I started secreting fluids.
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There are many kinds of reading enjoyment, and consuming Samantha Irbys words is the relishing kind. So much about being a woman is being subconsciously on-guard: against media that objectifies you, a country that hates you, and men who do active & passive harm just by being alive and unaware of their systemic privilege. To cast yourself into a book knowing with utter certainty that the writer is on the levelthat she
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Suzy
Mar 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Thanks, Netgalley & Vintage, for a free e-copy of this book!

If you liked Irbys last two books (which I did!) then you will love this one. While you can definitely start with this book, I think it works best if you read them in order, just because she makes lots of little references to things which were discussed in detail in her past books: her traumatic childhood, her job at a veterinarians office, her college experiences, and lots of poop stories.

After living in city apartments her whole
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Brooke
Mar 26, 2020 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I should probably preface this with I don't typically read essay collections and decided to start. I've read a couple recently and have decided that in general they are not for me.

With that said, Samantha Irby is an amazing writer. She is relatable and funny and made me laugh out loud. For the most part, the essays in here were great - very well-written and easy to read. She has a great sense of humor and makes you feel like you're reading about yourself. Irby is honest and refreshing and wrote
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Sarah
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
3.5 rounded up

If you loved We Are Never Meeting In Real Life, then I'm almost certain you'll love this too. If you're new to Irby, her brand of personal essays makes for comical escapist reading in these weird times we're living through. The focus of the essays in this collection is, again, similar to that in WANMIRL - married life, life as someone who struggles to function as an adult (can relate) and being a socially awkward introverted person (can relate more often than I'd like to admit).
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Teresa
Jan 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Irby has made herself a lifelong fan outta me with this book. I couldn't stop laughing while reading this. The essays named "Girls Gone Mild" and "Love and Marriage" had me rolling on the floor, trying to wipe the tears from my eyes so I could finish them. "Girl Gone Mild" spoke to my soul on many levels and I couldn't wait to share it with all my girlfriends. Irby is funny but she is also able to talk about some serious subjects in a way that I can't quite put into words...which is why ...more
Keondra Freemyn
Mar 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
The third installment in Samantha Irby's trilogy of deep-belly-laughter-inducing essays on her life as a queer, fat, awkward person navigating the world does not disappoint! After reading 'We're Never Meeting in Real Life' and 'Meaty,' I really didn't think she could make me laugh any harder, but I was (thankfully) so very wrong. One of my favorite things about this collection is she shares what the transition has been like as her work has received more attention and provided more opportunities ...more
Christina
Mar 23, 2020 rated it really liked it
PopSugar 2020 Reading Challenge: A book published the month of your birthday [March]

Samantha Irby has a knack for being extremely relatable while also making me super jealous that I'm not as funny or talented as her. Fans of Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life will not be disappointed. My personal favorite chapters were the ones about working on "Shrill" and navigating a book deal because these are things I'm very interested in and curious about and I really appreciate getting the
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Riley
Jan 20, 2020 rated it liked it
I received an ARC copy from NetGalley for a review.

Irby seems more frustrated than ever in her newest book of essays. I found myself laughing a lot throughout the book. Sometimes she comes across as complaining for the sake of it rather than making criticisms for an overall point or big picture. For how much I giggled, though, I'll let her get away with those parts! Her writing is enjoyable, snarky, and often relatable. I like how honest and vulnerable she seems, and that she paints herself as a
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Stacey
Mar 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: memoir
Wow, No Thank You is the kind of book that makes me feel less alone. So other people also think this same type of crazy, messed up stuff? Thank you for making me feel less alone and less weird, Samantha Irby. Lets have dinner.....I promise my credit card will work and I will pay! Her musings on home ownership were so spot on...I cant blame my shady childhood, my lack of understanding boils down pretty much to laziness, but I can totally relate to her bewilderment of all the intricacies of home ...more
Delany Holcomb
Feb 19, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Samantha Irby's charm and brutally honest wit bounce around the pages of "wow, no thank you." with an air of lightness that can be best described as the equivalent to a wine buzz. I loved every self-reflected moment of mid-life cursing, and how even at my age I could relate to her unwillingness (but acceptance) of a night out. Irby clashes these new social norms of how people should be (rich, fit, healthy) and shines a too-bright florescent light on the truth (medicated, tired, running on 6 diet ...more
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