Samantha Irby books in order
Samantha McKiver Irby, better known as Samantha Irby, is an American comedian, blogger, television writer, and award-winning author of humor, comedy, and non-fiction novels.
She is the New York Times bestselling author of the books We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays (2017) and Wow, No Thank You.: Essays (2020).
The recipient of the 2021 Lambda Literary Award for bisexual non-fiction, Samantha also runs a blog, bitches gotta eat, where she makes comical observations about her own life and modern society in general.
Samantha has also worked as a writer and/or co-producer for television shows such as HBO's reboot of Sex and the City, Work in Progress, Shrill, and Tuca & Bertie.
She is represented by Kent Wolf of Neon Literary, whereas her Hollywood agent is Jason Richman of United Talent Agency.
Genres: Comedy, Gay and Lesbian, Non-fiction
- Meaty: Essays (2013)
- New Year, Same Trash: Resolutions I Absolutely Did Not Keep (2017)
- We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.: Essays (2017)
- Wow, No Thank You.: Essays (2020)
Detailed book overview
Irby laughs her way through tragicomic mishaps, neuroses, and taboos as she struggles through adulthood: chin hairs, depression, bad sex, failed relationships, masturbation, taco feasts, inflammatory bowel disease and more. Updated with her favorite Instagramable, couch-friendly recipes, this much-beloved romp is treat for anyone in dire need of Irby's infamous, scathing wit and poignant candor.
Comedian, blogger and essayist Samantha Irby is not going to be a better person this year than she was last. Nope. With a small group of woo-woo others, Irby sets seventy micro-resolutions, and then—with the rest of us—she fails at almost every single one of them.
Thoughtful, witty, poignant—the failed intentions in New Year Same Trash will make you laugh and cry. Because you know you’ve been there. You can’t wake up in time to go to brunch. Swimming three times a week? Who are you kidding. You’re not going to shower every day or pack your lunch every day. You’re definitely not going to choose a smart movie over mindless entertainment, because you’re tired. You’re lazy. And, no, you’re never going to be a positive thinker. “I didn’t do this. I’m gonna. Maybe.” Don’t worry. It’s okay. There’s always next year. Instantly recognizable to anyone who’s ever failed to make goals and stick with them, New Year Same Trash will bring hilarious relief.
Whether Samantha Irby is talking about how her difficult childhood has led to a problem in making “adult” budgets; explaining why she should be the new Bachelorette (she’s “35-ish, but could easily pass for 60-something”); detailing a disastrous pilgrimage-slash-romantic-vacation to Nashville to scatter her estranged father’s ashes; sharing awkward sexual encounters; or dispensing advice on how to navigate friendships with former drinking buddies who are now suburban moms (hang in there for the Costco loot!); she’s as deft at poking fun at the ghosts of her past self as she is at capturing powerful emotional truths.
Irby is forty, 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.