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Penguin Books (2018-08-07)
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Literary essays


Essays by a Girl From Somewhere Else

by Higgins, Maeve

A timely essay collection about life, love, and becoming an American from breakout comedy star and podcaster, Maeve Higgins.

Maeve Higgins was a bestselling memoirist and comedian in her native Ireland when, at the grand old age of 31, 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, announcing her as a vital voice about women's lives today.

Maeve Higgins is the host of the hit podcast Maeve In America: Immigration IRL. She is a comedian who has performed all over the world, including in her native Ireland, Edinburgh, Melbourne and Erbil. Now based in New York, she co-hosts Neil deGrasse Tyson's Star Talk on National Geographic and has appeared on Comedy Central's Inside Amy Schumer and @midnight. The author of two essay collections for Hachette UK, her writing has also been published in The New York Times and The Irish Times.

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This is a really funny, really natural, really gifted writer.

Quote: Kevin Barry, author

Maeve Higgins is easily one of my favorite, most treasured comedic voices. She is one of those rare artists who makes her unique point of view relatable and refreshing, leaving you feeling like you've been on the same page with her your whole life.

Quote: Kristen Schaal, star of The Last Man on Earth

I love Maeve Higgins. She's hilarious and wise and this book had me laughing and laughing from the first page. Buy this if you're thinking of moving to London or New York or anywhere else or if you're not thinking of moving at all and just want to read brilliant writing.

Quote: Jon Ronson, author

Maeve Higgins is hilarious. She is the true Irish voice of our American generation.

Quote: Amy Schumer

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