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  • Wow, No Thank You.

  • Essays
  • By: Samantha Irby
  • Narrated by: Samantha Irby
  • Length: 10 hrs and 3 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (1,344 ratings)

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Our New Battle Cry is Samantha Irby’s ''Wow, No Thank You''
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  • Our New Battle Cry is Samantha Irby’s ''Wow, No Thank You''

Publisher's summary

A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and best-selling Samantha Irby.

Irby is 40, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with "TV executives slash amateur astrologers" while being a "cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person," "with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees," who still hides past due bills under her pillow.

The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby's new life. Wow, No Thank You is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable.

©2020 Samantha Irby (P)2020 Random House Audio

Critic reviews

A Most Anticipated Book according to:

*Elle * Oprah Magazine * Vulture * New York Times * PureWow * AV CLub * Time Magazine * Entertainment Weekly * PureWow * Buzzfeed * The Observer * Bustle * Huffington Post * The Millions * Parade * Electric Literature * Bustle * Lithub * BookRiot * Bitch * Washington Independent * The Rumpus * and more *

“As fitting a response to 2020 as I can imagine... Wildly, seditiously funny.... Read Irby because she knows what it means to live with a fair amount of panic and largely indoors.... She might be our great bard of quarantine—with an unimpeachable daytime pajama look.... This is her voice: deadpan, confiding, companionable.... [Her] three collections, which span a decade, ought to be read together, with this latest as a coda, striking its valedictory note.” —Parul Sehgal, The New York Times

“Samantha Irby’s Wow, No Thank You is a gift that everyone should give themselves and each other. She writes with such wisdom about our culture and such honesty about herself. And nobody—but nobody—is funnier. Every time I read Irby, I feel freer.”—Glennon Doyle, Hello Sunshine

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Samantha Irby is a genius
"From the second I saw the title Wow, No Thank You this phrase instantly became my new battle cry. Try saying it right now—doesn't it feel great?! It's handy in so many situations!! Samantha Irby is a genius. I like to picture her typing away in her attic in Kalamazoo, cackling out loud every once in awhile when she comes up with a particularly funny line. Her latest essay collection is a pure delight, but I especially love the glimpse we get behind the curtain as Sam tries to adjust to her new life as a successful writer: the ins and outs of getting a book deal, how she wound up collaborating with Broad City's Abbi Jacobson, and what it was like to write the fat-positive pool party scene of Lindy West's Hulu series, Shrill. She remains as charmingly baffled by her success as ever, and if there are any network executives reading this: can we get that Abbi Jacobson / Samantha Irby project stat, please??"—Rachel S., Audible Editor