by Samantha Irby
A Barnes & Noble Holiday 2013 Discover Great New Writers Selection
An Emily Books Book Club Selection
A Publishers Weekly Fall 2013 Big Books by Small Presses
A COSMO Best 22 Books of the Year For Women, By Women
As a writer and performer, Samantha Irby is a force of nature. As the genius behind the hilarious blog BITCHES GOTTA EAT, she's your sharp-tongued best friend who can't help but tell it like it is. In her debut essay collection Meaty, Samantha Irby explodes onto the page with essays about laughing her way through her ridiculous life of failed relationships, taco feasts, bouts with Crohn's Disease, and more. Written with the same scathing wit and poignant bluntness long-time readers have come to expect from her riotous blog, Meaty takes on subjects both highbrow and low—from why she can’t be mad at Lena Dunham, to the anguish of growing up with a sick mother, to how to prepare your disgusting meat carcass for some new, hot sex, to why she wants to write your mom’s Match.com profile.
Samantha Irby is not only an exciting new voice on the literary scene, but as the Chicago Sun Times says, she’s “the best thing to happen to passionate admirers since binoculars.”
“Raunchy, funny and vivid…Those faint of heart beware...strap in and get ready for a roller-coaster ride to remember."
“Amazingly crass, defiant, witty, terrifying, and wondrous...[Irby] cuts the bawdy, wickedly funny pieces with some truly poignant palate cleansers...Irby’s voice is raw, gripping, and ...Delicious."
“Her candor in style and subject matter—mostly sex, dating, and the general lousiness of men—has earned Samantha Irby a cult following... Honesty mixed with self-deprecating humor is what propels reader."
—Time Out Chicago
"Samantha Irby is as bad as she wants to be."
"Whether she’s writing about her latest inflammatory bowel disease attack or documenting a sexual escapade gone awry (sometimes simultaneously), you’ll most likely be able to relate to Irby’s tell-all book. Her raw honesty and scathing sense of humor will make you laugh out loud…"
"There is no summing up Sam—no writerly preface, no small-talk tidbits, no rundown of vital stats that can suffice. She is irreducible, like a prime number, or a quark [...] Irby's writing has a powerfully intimacy, a direct connection between her and her readers. On the page, she's more an essayist than a storyteller per se, with the essayist's intellectual habits—exploring ideas, contradicting herself, poking thoughts to see if they burst, and then reveling in the mess."
"Irby has the rare ability to divulge her personal problems to an expansive, invisible Internet audience and still dazzle a crowded room of literati."
ABOUT SAMANTHA IRBY:
In addition to her widly hilarious blog, BITCHES GOTTA EAT, Samantha Irby co-hosts Guts & Glory, a reading series featuring essayists, and has performed all over Chicago. She has been profiled in the Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, as well as in TimeOut Chicago. Her work has appeared on The Rumpus, XO Jane, and Jezebel.
The Village Voice
WBEZ Chicago Public Media
The Whiskey Journal Podcast
All Write Already! Podcast
Publication Date: October 2013