Maeve in America
A timely essay collection about life, love, and becoming an American from breakout comedy star and podcaster Maeve HigginsMaeve Higgins was a bestselling memoirist and comedian in her native Ireland when, at the grand old age of thirty-one, she left the only home she'd ever known in search of something more. Like many women in their early thirties, she both was and was not the adult she wanted to be. At once smart, curious, and humane, Maeve in America is the story of how Maeve found herself, literally and figuratively, in New York City.Here are stories of not being able to afford a dress for the ball, of the curse of over-politeness, of the true significance of realizing what sort of shelter dog you would be. Self-aware and laugh-out-loud funny, this collection is also a fearless exploration of the awkward questions in life, such as: Is clapping too loudly at a gig a good enough reason to break up with somebody? Is it ever really possible to leave home?Together, these essays create a startlingly funny and revealing portrait of a woman who aims for the stars but hits the ceiling, and the inimitable city that has helped shape who she is. Maeve in America announces Maeve Higgins as a vital voice about women's lives today.

Maeve in America Details

TitleMaeve in America
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseAug 7th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
ISBN-139780143130161
Rating
GenreWriting, Essays, Autobiography, Memoir, Humor, Nonfiction

Maeve in America Review

  • Ammar
    January 1, 1970
    3.5 stars Thanks for Penguin Canada for an ARC of this book.Interesting personal essays From an Irish point of view An alien in the USA Maeve is a comedian Those essays take about:Her travels Her fear of dolphins Her Instagram addiction Failed love Obsession with Michael Fassbender Dogs and pets Children USA and trumpComplimenting women Renting fancy dresses Summer in NYC Good shit I tell you
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  • Molly
    January 1, 1970
    I will confess that I had never heard of Maeve Higgins prior to writing this book. I am glad that I gave it a chance, though, because Higgins is hilarious and I'm looking forward to seeking out more of her work in whatever form it might take. She's self-deprecating in a charming way, very Irish, and extremely thoughtful - the essay about her attempts to make her podcast about immigrants into something comedic is frustrating (because you want to throttle her producers) and beautiful all at once. I will confess that I had never heard of Maeve Higgins prior to writing this book. I am glad that I gave it a chance, though, because Higgins is hilarious and I'm looking forward to seeking out more of her work in whatever form it might take. She's self-deprecating in a charming way, very Irish, and extremely thoughtful - the essay about her attempts to make her podcast about immigrants into something comedic is frustrating (because you want to throttle her producers) and beautiful all at once. She's not quite David Sedaris, but she's pretty great. I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Tibbi
    January 1, 1970
    Maeve Higgin's collection of essays initially read like Bridget Jones comes to America, as she offers humorous self-deprecating anecdotes of her own immigration to New York City from Cobh, Ireland. Rent-a-dress, money woes, small talk and swimming and loathing with dolphins, get the Higgins treatment. But as we know, life is not all fun and comedy sketches, and Higgins' pieces on Dreamers, leaving home, mentoring and our place in the universe are thoughtful and poignant.I was not familiar with M Maeve Higgin's collection of essays initially read like Bridget Jones comes to America, as she offers humorous self-deprecating anecdotes of her own immigration to New York City from Cobh, Ireland. Rent-a-dress, money woes, small talk and swimming and loathing with dolphins, get the Higgins treatment. But as we know, life is not all fun and comedy sketches, and Higgins' pieces on Dreamers, leaving home, mentoring and our place in the universe are thoughtful and poignant.I was not familiar with Maeve Higgins prior to reading this book, although she is well known in Ireland. I look forward to reading more of what she has to offer in the future. Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy of this book.
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  • lisa
    January 1, 1970
    Maeve Higgins has a hilarious and wise podcast, and her Instagram is always creative and clever. However, I found this book to be a weak outline of who she is and what her ideals are. They are there, but they aren't great, and her little stories seem silly. This is definitely a personality I would recommend should be listened to live (or at least podcast live) as her lively humor doesn't come across well on the page.I did enjoy reading more about growing up in Cobh Ireland, where so many Irish i Maeve Higgins has a hilarious and wise podcast, and her Instagram is always creative and clever. However, I found this book to be a weak outline of who she is and what her ideals are. They are there, but they aren't great, and her little stories seem silly. This is definitely a personality I would recommend should be listened to live (or at least podcast live) as her lively humor doesn't come across well on the page.I did enjoy reading more about growing up in Cobh Ireland, where so many Irish immigrants set sail for other lives in the United States.
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  • Shannon A
    January 1, 1970
    I wish this book was going to be out to share around St. Patrick's Day, but maybe August would be a better time, as one wouldn't want to be caught laughing out loud in Church on St. Patrick's Day. Is it fitting that while reading the opening essay about swimming with the dolphins, the pages got slightly ruined by my tears from laughing so hard that I couldn't put the book down? Yes. The reflections shared within these pages are beautiful and will make you think as Maeve's observations are both I wish this book was going to be out to share around St. Patrick's Day, but maybe August would be a better time, as one wouldn't want to be caught laughing out loud in Church on St. Patrick's Day. Is it fitting that while reading the opening essay about swimming with the dolphins, the pages got slightly ruined by my tears from laughing so hard that I couldn't put the book down? Yes. The reflections shared within these pages are beautiful and will make you think as Maeve's observations are both heart-felt & hands-down hilarious.
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  • Rachael Gilkey
    January 1, 1970
    In Maeve in America, Maeve Higgins has collected a number of smart, funny, thoughtful essays that touch on everything from the trials of dressing fancy for a gala, the importance of the “aunts” of the world in guiding young women, the healing properties of social media, and in some of her most heartfelt and thoughtful writing, on immigration in America.This collection will be published in August 2018. I received an advance copy.
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  • Lucy Garnett
    January 1, 1970
    Freebie advance copy from the bookstore, turned out to be a reflective, increasingly serious set of essays by another contemporary immigrant from Europe.
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