Wow, No Thank You.
A Vintage Paperback Original.A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and bestselling Samantha Irby about aging, marriage, settling down with step-children in white, small-town America, health food and skincare obsessions, money trouble, the real story of glamorous Hollywood life and more.Beloved writer Samantha Irby returns to the printed page for her much-anticipated, sidesplitting third book following Meaty and New York Times bestselling We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. Irby is turning forty, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and is courted by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife and two step-children in a small white, Republican town in Michigan where she now hosts book clubs. This is the bourgeois life of dreams. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with "skinny, luminous peoples" while being a "cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person," "with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees," and hides Entenmann's cookies under her bed and unopened 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.

Wow, No Thank You. Details

TitleWow, No Thank You.
Author
ReleaseMar 31st, 2020
PublisherVintage
ISBN-139780525563488
Rating
GenreNonfiction, Writing, Essays, Humor, Autobiography, Memoir

Wow, No Thank You. Review

  • Samantha Irby
    January 1, 1970
    incredible, truly.
  • karen
    January 1, 1970
    sold!
  • Jasmine Guillory
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha Irby’s writing cracks me up on a consistent basis so I went into this book ready to be entertained. And I was, but it was also so much more than that — touching, emotional, relatable, surprising. And on top of all of that, just tons of fun.
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  • Lupita Reads
    January 1, 1970
    Just when I thought Samantha Irby could not get any funnier she knocks me in the gut with this essay collection making me laugh hysterically into tears.
  • Sara McBride
    January 1, 1970
    I enjoyed Irby's new book immensely, but I do have to wonder if perhaps it's a little less biting and hard-hitting because the author is... happy? Many of the essays in "Wow, No Thank You." feel a little bit like Erma Bombeck if Erma Bombeck didn't shave her armpits. That's not an insult - Erma Bombeck is funny and it's a shame she's gone out of style. But they're generally kinder and gentler this time around.
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  • Janine
    January 1, 1970
    Confession time: I own a copy of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life that I have never read, which I only own because I was the first person to borrow it from the library, and almost immediately managed to upend an open bottle of iced tea in my book bag, having to replace the copy. I bought a new copy for the library, kept the damaged copy, and, because I now owned it, promptly put it on a book shelf, where it still sits. This is all to say that, after reading Wow, No Thank You I really need to Confession time: I own a copy of We Are Never Meeting in Real Life that I have never read, which I only own because I was the first person to borrow it from the library, and almost immediately managed to upend an open bottle of iced tea in my book bag, having to replace the copy. I bought a new copy for the library, kept the damaged copy, and, because I now owned it, promptly put it on a book shelf, where it still sits. This is all to say that, after reading Wow, No Thank You I really need to pull the other off my book shelf and spend some more time with Samantha Irby. I loved this series of essays. Irby is honest and refreshing and said things that were immensely relatable to me, but that I've never really said out loud to anyone. But the entire chapter entitled "Girls Gone Mild" could really and truly be my life, most especially the "do I eat?" dilemma. I do not have Crohn's disease, so really don't know what Irby's pain is like there, but I do know what it feels like to fear the whims of your gastrointestinal system any time you make social plans. So holy moly, could I relate to places in the book where she addresses that. I also absolutely adored "Late- 1900s Time Capsule" chapter, where she shares her mixtape tracks. Also highly relatable, despite being unfamiliar with like 90% of the specific songs that she mentions. She does a great job of capturing the era of mixtapes, but also the feeling of using music as a teenager/early adult to process emotions and wallow, and express feelings you don't know how to on your own. To embrace the angst and the things that are being sung about that you definitely don't understand yet, but still feels incredibly important and necessary anyway. Ugh - yes to all of that, and to hearing those songs bringing you RIGHT back to that place, while also allowing you to look back as an adult and see everything in a totally different light. So good. So, so good. Also, I will be creating her mix in a playlist on Spotify because -- isn't that what you do when someone provides you with a song list? There were a few chapters that worked less well for me - "Lesbian Bed Death" was decidedly not my favorite - it was clever enough at first, but went on too long for me. Ditto for "Hello, 911?" except there were a few gems in here, like panic over a place not having online ordering (because...COME ON!). Even though there were a couple misses, though, overall I really really enjoyed reading this. I actually laughed out loud a few times, and silently said "OMG YES!" because I could relate so much at others. So, yeah, check this out, while I go pull her last book off my bookshelf! Also, thanks to Netgalley, who provided me with an advanced copy of this wonderful book.
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  • Sarah
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC from the publisher, opinions are my own.I’m a big fan of Samantha Irby. I find her humor to be overwhelmingly funny, like clutching my sides funny. There are several moments in this book that did that for me, especially ‘Hysterical!’ and the chapter about home repairs. Irby is so funny that it’s almost easy to miss the more serious aspects of her writing, both on a craft and content level. She approaches her essays with simple forms that really work, like lists, and she touches I received an ARC from the publisher, opinions are my own.I’m a big fan of Samantha Irby. I find her humor to be overwhelmingly funny, like clutching my sides funny. There are several moments in this book that did that for me, especially ‘Hysterical!’ and the chapter about home repairs. Irby is so funny that it’s almost easy to miss the more serious aspects of her writing, both on a craft and content level. She approaches her essays with simple forms that really work, like lists, and she touches on depression, grief, queerness, chronic illness, and the shit show of capitalism in essays that will make you cry with laughter. That’s the best kind of humor — the kind that makes serious things funny, and not in an asshole kind of way. Irby is self-deprecating sometimes to an extreme, and I found myself wanting to push back against how mean she was to herself in some of these essays, but overall I loved this book from beginning to end. If you liked her previous books, you will like this one too. If you haven’t read her previous books, you don’t need to in order to love this one, but why haven’t you read them? (I had more mixed feelings about MEATY but I adored WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE; regardless I think they’re both great reads, also great audiobooks.)
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  • Amanda
    January 1, 1970
    I received this book as an ARC from NetGalley. The title is what caught me. I had never read anything by Samantha Irby before, but I am A FAN now! From the first story I was hooked. She is so relatable and absolutely hilarious! I'll definitely be picking up a hard copy when it's released, and recommending this book to customers!
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  • Lorri Steinbacher
    January 1, 1970
    Read in prepub. Due out March 2020.You haven't read Samantha Irby? I feel simultaneously sorry for you. Go out and rectify that now. She will make you laugh. She will make you question your own life choices. She will definitely make you question some of hers.
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  • Cheri
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha Irby is entertaining but bugs me after a while. I enjoyed her previous book much more. She does make me laugh.
  • Ang
    January 1, 1970
    Always enjoyable! Fave essay was BY FAR "late-1900s time capsule" because I'm pretty sure, minus a few songs/artists (never been a PJ Harvey or Hole person), I could've written it. Irby could have been poking through my music collection while writing.Four stars only because there were a couple essays I really didn't care for, but ymmv, and anyway, I recommend this even if you also don't like two essays, because all of the rest are so damn good. (Oh, the essay about getting a dog. Yes to every Always enjoyable! Fave essay was BY FAR "late-1900s time capsule" because I'm pretty sure, minus a few songs/artists (never been a PJ Harvey or Hole person), I could've written it. Irby could have been poking through my music collection while writing.Four stars only because there were a couple essays I really didn't care for, but ymmv, and anyway, I recommend this even if you also don't like two essays, because all of the rest are so damn good. (Oh, the essay about getting a dog. Yes to every single bit of it I DON'T WANT ANOTHER DOG NO ONE TELL SAM [MY HUSBAND NOT IRBY].)Thanks so much to the publisher and to NetGalley for the ARC.
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  • Tracy Towley
    January 1, 1970
    Sam Irby is a national treasure.
  • Teresa
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha Irby has made herself a lifelong fan outta me with this book. I couldn't stop laughing while reading this. The essays named "Girls Gone Mild" and "Love and Marriage" had me rolling on the floor, trying to wipe the tears from my eyes so I could finish them. "Girl Gone Mild" spoke to my soul on many levels and I couldn't wait to share it with all my girlfriends. Irby is funny but she is also able to talk about some serious subjects in a way that I can't quite put into words...which is why Samantha Irby has made herself a lifelong fan outta me with this book. I couldn't stop laughing while reading this. The essays named "Girls Gone Mild" and "Love and Marriage" had me rolling on the floor, trying to wipe the tears from my eyes so I could finish them. "Girl Gone Mild" spoke to my soul on many levels and I couldn't wait to share it with all my girlfriends. Irby is funny but she is also able to talk about some serious subjects in a way that I can't quite put into words...which is why she is extremely talented in my opinion. I loved how this collection encompassed everything from single life in Chicago, almost getting a dog in surburbia to dealing with her wife's children. A powerhouse collection of essays that I am still thinking about :) Thanks to Random House for the ARC...I can't wait to give my friends this book as soon as it hits shelves!
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  • Delany Holcomb
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha Irby's charm and brutally honest wit bounce around the pages of "wow, no thank you." with an air of lightness that can be best described as the equivalent to a wine buzz. I loved every self-reflected moment of mid-life cursing, and how even at my age I could relate to her unwillingness (but acceptance) of a night out. Irby clashes these new social norms of how people should be (rich, fit, healthy) and shines a too-bright florescent light on the truth (medicated, tired, running on 6 diet Samantha Irby's charm and brutally honest wit bounce around the pages of "wow, no thank you." with an air of lightness that can be best described as the equivalent to a wine buzz. I loved every self-reflected moment of mid-life cursing, and how even at my age I could relate to her unwillingness (but acceptance) of a night out. Irby clashes these new social norms of how people should be (rich, fit, healthy) and shines a too-bright florescent light on the truth (medicated, tired, running on 6 diet Cokes and a singular water) that we actually all relate to. Grab some box wine and curl up with Samantha Irby's "wow, no thank you." and enjoy a night to yourself by essentially reading about yourself.
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  • Riley
    January 1, 1970
    I received an ARC copy from NetGalley for a review.Irby seems more frustrated than ever in her newest book of essays. I found myself laughing a lot throughout the book. Sometimes she comes across as complaining for the sake of it rather than making criticisms for an overall point or big picture. For how much I giggled, though, I'll let her get away with those parts! Her writing is enjoyable, snarky, and often relatable. I like how honest and vulnerable she seems, and that she paints herself as a I received an ARC copy from NetGalley for a review.Irby seems more frustrated than ever in her newest book of essays. I found myself laughing a lot throughout the book. Sometimes she comes across as complaining for the sake of it rather than making criticisms for an overall point or big picture. For how much I giggled, though, I'll let her get away with those parts! Her writing is enjoyable, snarky, and often relatable. I like how honest and vulnerable she seems, and that she paints herself as a pretty messy person. The older I get, the more social anxiety creeps in for me. It's nice to read from the perspective of someone who's had my (new) worries for much longer and how she deals with them haha!
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  • Paula Pergament
    January 1, 1970
    This latest collection of Samantha Irby’s writing breaks no new ground. However, she does make it easy for readers unfamiliar with her work to dip their toes into her world and daily challenges. Readers will find funny and insightful takes on the obstacles all of us must overcome each day just to eat, dress and pay the bills. I do hope Ms. Irby does something new with her next book, which is easier said than done. She has built an audience for her work, and it is scary to take risk and put This latest collection of Samantha Irby’s writing breaks no new ground. However, she does make it easy for readers unfamiliar with her work to dip their toes into her world and daily challenges. Readers will find funny and insightful takes on the obstacles all of us must overcome each day just to eat, dress and pay the bills. I do hope Ms. Irby does something new with her next book, which is easier said than done. She has built an audience for her work, and it is scary to take risk and put something completely different out into the world. Then there is the huge task of engaging in the act of writing, which is easy to take for granted. Ms. Irby is an Important voice for our times; someone give this author a fellowship and the gift of time to present her wit and brilliance in other ways.
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  • Andrew
    January 1, 1970
    Much like her previous collections, Irby's latest work left me slack-jawed and uncontrollably cackling. I don't know exactly how to describe her thought process other than she just Gets It. She says things that many of us feel but won't say-- I can't name the U.S. presidents by their numbers, I'm definitely the crotchety curmudgeon in the mysterious house, and I absolutely agree that life is sexier when a ghost is the one behind any kind of electronic malfunction. Even her essays on the Much like her previous collections, Irby's latest work left me slack-jawed and uncontrollably cackling. I don't know exactly how to describe her thought process other than she just Gets It. She says things that many of us feel but won't say-- I can't name the U.S. presidents by their numbers, I'm definitely the crotchety curmudgeon in the mysterious house, and I absolutely agree that life is sexier when a ghost is the one behind any kind of electronic malfunction. Even her essays on the mudanities of life are nothing short of entertaining. To sum up in one sentence: Wow, thank you, Samantha Irby.
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  • Susie Dumond
    January 1, 1970
    Look, Samantha Irby is hilarious and perfect and can do no wrong for me. If you loved MEATY and WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE (which you obviously should), then you're going to love WOW, NO THANK YOU. In her newest collection, you'll find the pop culture criticism, avoidance of socializing, and horrifying poop stories you know and love. But now that Sam's married with step-kids and living in small town Michigan, she's got even more in store. I laughed. I cried. I wished I was friends with Look, Samantha Irby is hilarious and perfect and can do no wrong for me. If you loved MEATY and WE ARE NEVER MEETING IN REAL LIFE (which you obviously should), then you're going to love WOW, NO THANK YOU. In her newest collection, you'll find the pop culture criticism, avoidance of socializing, and horrifying poop stories you know and love. But now that Sam's married with step-kids and living in small town Michigan, she's got even more in store. I laughed. I cried. I wished I was friends with Samantha Irby. So in short, it was everything I wanted it to be. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for the ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Krista
    January 1, 1970
    This was a great read and I couldn’t stop snorting while reading it. Irby’s first two essays about what her lifestyle show might be like and how an old has a night on the town were particularly hysterical. As a person who loves multiple people with butthole problems, her constant real as heck references to her IBD were very compelling and funny. I appreciate her choice to mine humor from tragedy, and her fully realized knowledge of herself. I would recommend this book to readers of Ali Wong and This was a great read and I couldn’t stop snorting while reading it. Irby’s first two essays about what her lifestyle show might be like and how an old has a night on the town were particularly hysterical. As a person who loves multiple people with butthole problems, her constant real as heck references to her IBD were very compelling and funny. I appreciate her choice to mine humor from tragedy, and her fully realized knowledge of herself. I would recommend this book to readers of Ali Wong and David Sedaris.Netgalley provided me with an arc in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Jamie
    January 1, 1970
    Samantha Irby bring another dose of her brand of smart humor to these essays. I love sharing her essays with my students as a study of audience, form and choice of detail. Irby knows how to share the right details to engage her audience; while also maintaining her clear, concise, “not having it” voice. Thank you for the opportunity to read and it will be added to our library.
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  • Kim
    January 1, 1970
    God, this book is so great. Here’s what I have to say. If you already love Sam Irby, get ready because you are going to looooove this. If the internet and Shrill have led you to Sam, and this is your first book of hers, get ready to become a superfan. Welcome, we’ve been waiting for you. Sam!!! God, this book is so great. Here’s what I have to say. If you already love Sam Irby, get ready because you are going to looooove this. If the internet and Shrill have led you to Sam, and this is your first book of hers, get ready to become a superfan. Welcome, we’ve been waiting for you. Sam!!! 😘😘😘
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  • Julien
    January 1, 1970
    I had a lot of fun reading this. The writing was delightfully snarky and very relatable to the point where I was smiling like a clown in public while reading it. I can't believe I waited so long to read a Samantha Irby book. Definitely recommended for anyone who needs a laugh at everyday life.
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  • Meg C
    January 1, 1970
    Another hilarious read from Irby. I find it best to dip in and out of and enjoy a couple of esssays at time or her comedic tics get a bit repetitive. But definitely recommended if you're looking for a fun read!Thank you to Netgalley and Vintage for the ARC.
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  • Katy
    January 1, 1970
    No one makes me laugh in public places like Samantha Irby does.
  • amanda eve
    January 1, 1970
    Sam Irby is one of the greatest writers of all time.
  • Anna
    January 1, 1970
    I love sam irby. I felt a fair amount of empathetic anxiety reading this, but ultimately I felt reassured by her ability to make these gross or awful things in her life funny.
  • Melanie Johnson
    January 1, 1970
    I really enjoyed this new book of essays by Samantha Irby. I didn’t LOVE Meaty, but I did like We Are Never Meeting In Real Life and her newest book is very similar. She still tells poop stories but mostly talks about work and being in “business”. A lot of laugh out loud parts in this book too.
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  • Shelby
    January 1, 1970
    I love Samantha Irby. She is the author of a couple other hilarious memoir-essay books. For an up-to-date pop culture reference, Samantha wrote the fat girl pool party episode of Shrill. No I’m not kidding! If you have tummy issues, Samantha’s books are for you. Buy them!
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