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From the stand-up comedian, actress, and host beloved for her cheeky swagger, unique voice, and unapologetic frankness comes a book of comedic essays for fans of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling and We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union.

If you’ve watched television or movies in the past year, you’ve seen Michelle Buteau. With scene-stealing roles in Always Be My Maybe, First Wives Club, Someone Great, Russian Doll, and Tales of the City; a reality TV show and breakthrough stand-up specials, including her headlining show Welcome to Buteaupia on Netflix, and two podcasts (Late Night Whenever and Adulting), Michelle’s star is on the rise. You’d be forgiven for thinking the road to success - or adulthood or financial stability or self-acceptance or marriage or motherhood - has been easy; but you’d be wrong.

Now, in Survival of the Thickest, Michelle reflects on growing up Caribbean, Catholic, and thick in New Jersey, going to college in Miami (where everyone smells like pineapple), her many friendship and dating disasters, working as a newsroom editor during 9/11, getting started in stand-up opening for male strippers, marrying into her husband’s Dutch family, IVF and surrogacy, motherhood, chosen family, and what it feels like to have a full heart, tight jeans, and stardom finally in her grasp.

©2020 Michelle Buteau. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Enjoyable listen, unexpected moments

I didn't understand at first that it was a series of essays. Once I got that in order the book makes more sense. Some have complained that this book isn't cohesive, but it's a series of essays on different toys in her life. Michelle examines so many aspects of her life and I enjoyed sharing in the wisdom she has learned.

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Great book!

I laughed, I cried, I felt like I went clubbing with Michelle in Miami in the 90’s. What a wonderful book. I highly recommend it.

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Hilarious and heartfelt

This book was excellent! I enjoyed it from the very beginning and didn't want it to end.

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ABSO LOVEDDD IT!!!

So talented! Thank you for sharing your life. Best audio book I've listen to this year.

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Hilarious, Warm-hearted, Irreverent

A wonderful listen and loved hearing it in Michelle’s voice. If you love her stand-up comedy, you’ll love hearing her in this medium. She’s is amazing in the wacky, funny moments and shines in the personal, vulnerable moments. I laughed, I cried, I renewed my commitment to flossing.

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LOVE THIS BOOK

Michelle Buteau is authentic; brutally honest and hilarious.... You will NOT regret purchasing this book.

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Inspiring of The Thickest

It has been a long time since I have laughed so much. Felt such empathy and rooted for anyone. In spite of this Jersey girl's journey (New York City Diva) thoroughly enjoyed this and know I will be listening to it again several more times to come. What a funny bad boss! No one could possibly have narrated this to its funny, inspiring, and ultimately authentic end. Know many will take heart and equally many will relate. Just found this comic artist and glad I have learned more about her through this book of her essays. Definitely, I will be paying attention, hoping she comes somewhere near and of course will be watching places she can now already be heard and seen. We thick Sistas got to support each other. Enjoyed Michelle's contribution. A must listen to especially when you are in need of a hearty belly jiggling laugh. In spite of her toughness and bold self, sprinkled with a little tenderness, a boss b--ch telling it her way!

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Inspirational. Raw. Hilarious.

This book is great. I heart Michelle Buteau and experiencing the audiobook with her as the narrator was the perfect way to spend holiday quarantine. It was just so incredibly real and honest and her perseverance was an inspiration. This book will make you love her even more. Highly recommend.

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Get Your Ear Holes Ready for a Ride:)

Kept me smiling throughout:) Love Michelle and I am inspired by her journey. She is not afraid to tell you it was not all sunshine.

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So much fun!

Couldn't stop listening at many points! Many hilarious moments. I love the way Michelle tells a story. And this book has so many really honest personal moments, along with some heartwarming messages and some education. Definitely made me smile and laugh and gave me some hope about my hopeful future goal of becoming a parent!

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  • 12-18-20

funny, sad, heartfelt.

loved everything about this book Michelles delivery is perfect. I laughed cried and he'll year's with her throughout

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  • 12-14-20

Wonderful book from a wonderful woman

I highly recommend this book! I finished the whole thing in 1 sitting. I've been a fan of Michelle for years, and this book is incredible.