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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.


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.
     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.

About the Author


Samantha Irby writes a blog called bitches gotta eat.

Praise For…


“Samantha Irby is stay-up-all-night, miss-your-subway-stop, spit-out-your-beverage funny; she’s the king of sparkling misanthropy and tender, loving dread. I await her books like I await the sweet release of sleep each evening. As always, Irby’s writing is as irresistible as a snack tray, as intimately pleasurable as an Irish goodbye.”
—Jia Tolentino

“The only writer who can make me laugh with abandon in public, Samantha Irby follows her breakout collection We Are Never Meeting in Real Life with high-speed treatises on everything from relentless menstruation to ‘raising’ her stepchildren and the stress of making friends in adulthood. Her signature irreverence is intact, of course, but it can't mask the heart she leaves bleeding on the page.”
—Julia Kosin, Elle, *Best Books of 2020*

“A breakthrough voice of the previous decade, Sam Irby is poised to reign in the 2020s. Her takes on the absurdities of everyday life means that she can write about reality TV, poop, frittatas, and mental-health meds with equal aplomb.... It’s been a joy to watch her build the strange confidence that comes from being comfortable with her own insecurity, a feat that few writers get to achieve.”
—Maris Kreizman, Vulture, *Books We Can’t Wait to Read in 2020*
 
“Irby, the hilarious author of Meaty and We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, is bitterly funny on the peculiarities of aging, marriage and life in the Midwest.”
The New York Times, *New Books to Watch for in March* 
 
“You may have fallen in love with Samantha Irby through one of her memoirs. Or her essays. Or her blog. Get ready to embarrass yourself on the subway by laughing out loud, because Samantha Irby is back with another essay collection. Wow, No Thank You is a hilarious, no-holds-barred, look at life that will have you shaking your head in agreement.”
—PopSugar, *Best New Books of Spring*
 
“Think of the full-disclosure, tell-all convos you have with your closest friends, typed up and presented to the world in book-form. Personally, I could never—but I’m counting down the days until I can read this.”
—StyleCaster, *Best Books of 2020*
 
“[Samantha Irby] is my favorite author, and I’m obsessed with her. She just the funniest observer of life.”
—Lindy West, Seattle Times
 
“No one utilizes hyperbole quite like three-time author Samantha Irby, who can make the most microscopic of indignities feel like atrocities and turn the smallest of details about her favorite show or song into resonant revelations.... To laugh at Irby’s retelling of her move to Michigan or a middle-aged girls’ night out is to laugh off our own fears of change; to worry about her place in a blue town in a red state is to consider a larger clash of cultures. You might never meet her in real life, but reading Wow, No Thank You. provides the most extensive look at Irby’s life yet.”
—A.V. Club, *New Books to Read in March*
 
“Whether she’s writing about living with her wife in a small midwestern town or her relationship with her body, Irby isn’t afraid to get candid and share her own insecurities. In doing so, she crafts smart takes on popular social trends, poking fun at how they are changing the way we think and live.”
Time Magazine, *Best Books of March 2020*
 
“Samantha Irby is back! After writing one of the best TV episodes of 2019 and giving us one of the funniest newsletters, which is currently running daily satirical episodes of Judge Mathis, Irby is dropping the mic again with Wow, No Thank You.... In the incredibly witty way that only she can, Irby offers up  small glimpses of in her life since becoming a household name with a hive that’s willing to defend her honor at all costs.”
Bitch Magazine, *Most Anticipated of 2020*
 
“More humorous life reflections from a seasoned raconteur.... A lot of the best anecdotal material springs forth from the more embarrassing and cringeworthy moments of the author’s life.... There’s lots to chuckle at here, as Irby remains a winning, personality-driven, self-deprecating essayist.”
Kirkus Reviews
 
“Samantha Irby’s third essay collection shows that, like the most expensive cheese, she only gets better with time.... The essays here vibrate with humor and relatability (sorry for using that word), and will be embraced with open arms by the many fans of her work (and hopefully by those who haven’t discovered her yet, if there are such people).”
Lit Hub, *Most Anticipated Books by LGBTW Authors*

“To call Irby, the author of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life, one of our culture's most hilariously scathing critics is to partially cover over the fact that a frequent target of her ire is indeed herself. The self-deprecating essayist has singular ability to examine the more cringeworthy aspects of her own life to suggest that modern womanhood has more grit than glamour. Now middle-aged and married, Irby waxes hysterical about everything from the pain of being in public without a smartphone to ‘lesbian bed death.’”
—OprahMag.com, *LGBTQ Books to Read in 2020*
 
“Samantha Irby may be spending more time in LA, but she's still the same old ‘cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person.’ (Her words, not ours.) This much is clear in her riotous new book of bad dates, worse food experiences, and general befuddlement at the world.”
Entertainment Weekly, *Most Anticipated Books of 2020*
 
“Irby is still the same bawdy, honest, self-deprecating writer. In her latest collection of essays, she walks us through topics as disparate as her beauty routine (“I just wash the parts of my body that stink, which means—now hold on to your butts—that I don’t always wash my legs.”) to getting a hysterectomy.”
Buzzfeed, *Most Anticipated Books of 2020*
 
“If you’ve never heard or read anything by Irby, do yourself a favor and head straight to Google.... Her essays are so relatable, they’re healing”
Washington Independent Review of Books, *Most Anticipated Books of 2020*

“These essays from the bestselling Irby come with an irresistible endorsement from Jia Tolentino, who says there is “truly no one like Samantha Irby for making you actually choke (on poop jokes) laughing out loud.”
—R.O. Kwon, Electric Literature, *Books by Women and Nonbinary Writers of Color to Read in 2020*
 
“Samantha Irby is one of my favorite writers of all time. Her essay collections always make me laugh until I cry, and some of the more emotional moments make me cry until I laugh.”
—Susie Dumond, Book Riot, *Most Anticipated LGBTQ Books of 2020*
 
“A laugh. A fart. A snort. Or some combination thereof. Be prepared to totally lose control of the noises that come out of your body while reading the latest essay collection from humor writer Samantha Irby.”
Bustle, *Most Anticipated Books of 2020*


Coverage from NPR

Product Details
ISBN: 9780525563488
ISBN-10: 0525563482
Publisher: Vintage
Publication Date: March 31st, 2020
Pages: 336