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“If Tina Fey and David Sedaris had a daughter, she would be Maeve Higgins.” —Glamour “Maeve Higgins is hilarious, poignant, conversational, and my favorite Irish import since U2. You’re in for a treat.” —Phoebe Robinson A timely essay collection about life, love, and becoming an American from breakout comedy star and podcaster Maeve Higgins Maeve Higgins was a bestselling mem “If Tina Fey and David Sedaris had a daughter, she would be Maeve Higgins.” —Glamour “Maeve Higgins is hilarious, poignant, conversational, and my favorite Irish import since U2. You’re in for a treat.” —Phoebe Robinson 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 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 learning to live with yourself while you’re still figuring out how to love yourself, 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, the essays in Maeve in America 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, even as she finds the words to make sense of it all.


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“If Tina Fey and David Sedaris had a daughter, she would be Maeve Higgins.” —Glamour “Maeve Higgins is hilarious, poignant, conversational, and my favorite Irish import since U2. You’re in for a treat.” —Phoebe Robinson A timely essay collection about life, love, and becoming an American from breakout comedy star and podcaster Maeve Higgins Maeve Higgins was a bestselling mem “If Tina Fey and David Sedaris had a daughter, she would be Maeve Higgins.” —Glamour “Maeve Higgins is hilarious, poignant, conversational, and my favorite Irish import since U2. You’re in for a treat.” —Phoebe Robinson 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 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 learning to live with yourself while you’re still figuring out how to love yourself, 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, the essays in Maeve in America 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, even as she finds the words to make sense of it all.

30 review for Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else

  1. 5 out of 5

    Ammar

    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 trump Complimenting women Renting fancy dresses Summer in NYC Good shit I tell you

  2. 4 out of 5

    Tibbi

    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.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Molly

    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.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Maddison

    I was fortunate enough to win this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. My thanks to the sponsor and to Goodreads for facilitating this giveaway. The series of essays in "Maeve in America" - penned by Irish comedian Maeve Higgins - was a bit difficult for me to synthesize into one main idea/takeaway. While some of the stories I definitely enjoyed and found humorous, others seemed to build to a crescendo that never materialized. I often found myself asking questions like, "so what?" and "why is this I was fortunate enough to win this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. My thanks to the sponsor and to Goodreads for facilitating this giveaway. The series of essays in "Maeve in America" - penned by Irish comedian Maeve Higgins - was a bit difficult for me to synthesize into one main idea/takeaway. While some of the stories I definitely enjoyed and found humorous, others seemed to build to a crescendo that never materialized. I often found myself asking questions like, "so what?" and "why is this essay present in a supposedly comedic collection of writings?" The design of the book cover, the nature of the back blurb, and the reputation of its author suggested that each essay would be, more than anything else, funny. However, some stories were very serious, as if they had accidentally dropped out of a political memoir and nestled themselves in between the pages of Higgins' work. That being said, I have had no previous experience with Maeve Higgins' writing, podcast, or stand-up comedy, so I dove into this read with few expectations. After finishing the collection, I do think Higgins is funny, but I would have liked to see that humor appear more consistently throughout the essays instead of just in small bits and pieces. If that would have been the case, I doubt I'd be left wondering how to categorize this book. While others may or may not share my thoughts, I think most everyone who reads this collection will connect with at least something Higgins shares. For me, her essay mentioning the difficulties of disliking summer hit home, and the way she further tied these slight annoyances into how women and men often ridicule their own bodies during the season was particularly memorable. I only wish that more of her essays would have followed a similar pattern.

  5. 5 out of 5

    Donna Hines

    Self care, self love, self appreciation and awareness. Throw in some humor. Throw in some soul searching while on a journey to who knows and well you got this one wrapped. I loved everything about this. The writing was simplistic yet packed full of fun, love, excitement. A collection of essays much like Coming to America in which this Irish gal is trying to make her way in NYC as a newly planted immigrant. It's not all comedy show style though as the discussions center upon some serious aspects inc Self care, self love, self appreciation and awareness. Throw in some humor. Throw in some soul searching while on a journey to who knows and well you got this one wrapped. I loved everything about this. The writing was simplistic yet packed full of fun, love, excitement. A collection of essays much like Coming to America in which this Irish gal is trying to make her way in NYC as a newly planted immigrant. It's not all comedy show style though as the discussions center upon some serious aspects including Dreamers, Immigration Issues, reaching adulthood, leaving home, and of course finding your place in life. Even the internet can be found to have some healing properties and advice much like that which is received from family and friends. This was like a warm cup of tea on a cold winter's night. Maeve Higgins is a newcomer to me, but I'll be sure to keep and eye out for her next work. Thank you to Maeve , her publisher, and Goodreads for this ARC giveaway in exchange for this honest review. This books is one of many I will be donating to Hoyt Library in memory of my niece Cassie Ann Gatcha.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Mandy

    I picked this up while in NYC at the Strand because it was signed and I loved the review "If Tiny Fey and David Sedaris had a daughter..." I was belly laughing by page 2, and really enjoyed laughing at the entire thing. Maeve is thoughtful and smart, and observes her experience being Irish in America. Everyone needs to laugh. This is a particularly good way to get it done.

  7. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    I just couldn't get into these stories. I found a few interesting but some of the others just fell flat for me.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Annie Camp

    Enjoyable—

  9. 5 out of 5

    lisa

    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.

  10. 4 out of 5

    T

    I originally shelved this on my “lolz” shelf. While there is a subtle humor throughout, it is much more thought provoking than bust a gut funny. Maeve is best when she’s writing about the immigrant experience. I found those chapters to be heartbreakingly vital - all other chapters felt like insignificant fluff. I am saying this as an American; I WANT to hear about the immigrant experience. Granted, Maeve’s immigration is one of privilege and she points this out multiple times. However, she also I originally shelved this on my “lolz” shelf. While there is a subtle humor throughout, it is much more thought provoking than bust a gut funny. Maeve is best when she’s writing about the immigrant experience. I found those chapters to be heartbreakingly vital - all other chapters felt like insignificant fluff. I am saying this as an American; I WANT to hear about the immigrant experience. Granted, Maeve’s immigration is one of privilege and she points this out multiple times. However, she also highlights the stories of undocumented immigrants and DACA recipients and I felt myself wanting to know more. It took an immigrant to tell the story of other immigrants. For me, the best chapters were “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” and “Wildflowers”. You could probably read one 2 chapters by themselves without needing to read the rest of the book. Finally, because this book is so topical, it’s already a bit out of date, despite having been published just this year. But I guess that’s what happens when the current news cycle moves at light speed. All in all, when taking the 2 chapters mentioned above into consideration, this is a book that will appeal towards a certain portion of the population. Others will dismiss it as yet another case of someone from somewhere else sticking their nose in something that doesn’t concern them...and, once again, missing the forest for the trees. Because, unless you are indigenous, you, too, are from somewhere else.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Shari Wampler

    www.thenextgoodbook.com Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins 240 pages What’s it about? This is a collection of essays written by Irish comedienne and memoirist Maeve Higgins. Ms. Higgins came to America in her early thirties. She writes about her experiences as a woman and an Irish immigrant living in New York City. What did it make me think about? These essays are often funny, always insightful, and occasionally preachy. They did make me look at the immigrant experience in a different way. Should I read www.thenextgoodbook.com Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins 240 pages What’s it about? This is a collection of essays written by Irish comedienne and memoirist Maeve Higgins. Ms. Higgins came to America in her early thirties. She writes about her experiences as a woman and an Irish immigrant living in New York City. What did it make me think about? These essays are often funny, always insightful, and occasionally preachy. They did make me look at the immigrant experience in a different way. Should I read it? This is an engaging and humorous book. My only complaint- the essays were uneven. Some much more interesting and entertaining than others. On occasion I felt like Ms. Higgins was lecturing and those essays were not my favorite. I particularly enjoyed Maeve swimming with the dolphins, renting a ball gown, and her essay on summer and body image. Definitely worth reading- but inconsistent. Quote- “I felt totally fine about renting a dress, although I promised myself I wouldn’t tell anyone I had done so. I resolved to just say thank you if anybody complimented me, as opposed to explain in in too much detail just why they were wrong to do so. In the past I’ve ruined many a generous utterance by breaking it down and explaining where the lie is.” If you like this try- ...not sure?

  12. 4 out of 5

    Alyson

    Maybe I wasn’t in the right headspace for this book, and maybe I shouldn’t have tried to finish it while miserably hungover on a 3 hour hell-flight halfway across the country. But I had a hard time following some of the essays, which were full of ideas but didn’t always arrive home. I wish I had something more elegant to say. Sorry, Maeve. I will say as a Kansas girl who just a week ago went to Kansas City’s Irish Fest, I had to reread those first few pages of “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” t Maybe I wasn’t in the right headspace for this book, and maybe I shouldn’t have tried to finish it while miserably hungover on a 3 hour hell-flight halfway across the country. But I had a hard time following some of the essays, which were full of ideas but didn’t always arrive home. I wish I had something more elegant to say. Sorry, Maeve. I will say as a Kansas girl who just a week ago went to Kansas City’s Irish Fest, I had to reread those first few pages of “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” to make sure she wasn’t writing of elsewhere. The green dyed fountains! The Irish dancers in the ballroom! The lapse Irish Catholics who are suddenly very Catholic and very Irish for three whole days! I knew this place. I was grateful and surprised to recognize it here. I’ll try not to be offended that the Kansas/Missouri fact isn’t interesting to anyone outside the Midwest...but certainly it can make for great small talk some day, right?

  13. 4 out of 5

    Mj Brodie

    This was a witty, well-written collection of essays on life as an immigrant here in the USA. I'm a fan of Maeve Higgins' podcast 'Maeve in America: Immigration IRL' and that was how I came to read this book. The essays are a mix of thoughtful reflections on what it means to leave family and friends and travel across the world, but also funny observations on daily life in New York and as a single woman figuring out her priorities and navigating a different culture. I loved the stories about Maeve This was a witty, well-written collection of essays on life as an immigrant here in the USA. I'm a fan of Maeve Higgins' podcast 'Maeve in America: Immigration IRL' and that was how I came to read this book. The essays are a mix of thoughtful reflections on what it means to leave family and friends and travel across the world, but also funny observations on daily life in New York and as a single woman figuring out her priorities and navigating a different culture. I loved the stories about Maeve's Irish family back home and how their humor shaped her own path to becoming a stand-up comedian. If you are looking for a collection of essays on life in America a la Bill Bryson then this is not the book for you. There is some cultural commentary in here but it is much more personal than that, and focused on that feeling of living between cultures and worlds. As an emigrant myself (from Ireland) this had a lot of appeal for me. A great book by a very funny woman!

  14. 5 out of 5

    David Fitzgerald

    As an Irishman who lived in San Francisco for a couple of years, listening to Maeve in America felt like a chat with an (incredibly funny) friend where we bantered over the similarities of our experience. Well, more like me sitting back and letting that friend recount their experience (an experience which was assisted by the fact that I consumed this in audiobook format with Maeve's chatty tone being delivered straight to my ears). It ebbs between hilarious, vulnerable and insightful, full of ke As an Irishman who lived in San Francisco for a couple of years, listening to Maeve in America felt like a chat with an (incredibly funny) friend where we bantered over the similarities of our experience. Well, more like me sitting back and letting that friend recount their experience (an experience which was assisted by the fact that I consumed this in audiobook format with Maeve's chatty tone being delivered straight to my ears). It ebbs between hilarious, vulnerable and insightful, full of keen observations and commentaries that reflect the experience of someone who has embraced the experience of moving abroad while staying humble and proud of her roots. My only disappointment after getting through it in 2 days was that I had finished it!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Mike

    Maeve Higgins is an absolute delight, and a wonderful writer. This was my final book of the summer, and I couldn't think of a more superb way to shut down summer reading and transition to back-to-work reading than by reading the incredible entwining of voice, brilliant observations, and heart in these essays. I'm not an audiobook person at all, but I'd love to hear Maeve Higgins read these stories aloud. She's inviting and incisive and able to tap into the most human of experiences in a way that Maeve Higgins is an absolute delight, and a wonderful writer. This was my final book of the summer, and I couldn't think of a more superb way to shut down summer reading and transition to back-to-work reading than by reading the incredible entwining of voice, brilliant observations, and heart in these essays. I'm not an audiobook person at all, but I'd love to hear Maeve Higgins read these stories aloud. She's inviting and incisive and able to tap into the most human of experiences in a way that feels welcoming and illuminating simultaneously. I read this from the library, but 10 pages in I ordered a copy, because I want my daughter and my son to read this book one day.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Megs

    I loved this book. It's a gift to be able to see our culture from the visitors's perspective, and to have its flaws and beauty both delivered in a humorous package created by an Irish comedian. The humor was not excessive though, and very salient points were made esp. on the topic of immigration. On a lighter note, also appreciated the authors take on summer. Bonus points for referencing two of my favorite books of all time: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and The Little Red Hen (a chi I loved this book. It's a gift to be able to see our culture from the visitors's perspective, and to have its flaws and beauty both delivered in a humorous package created by an Irish comedian. The humor was not excessive though, and very salient points were made esp. on the topic of immigration. On a lighter note, also appreciated the authors take on summer. Bonus points for referencing two of my favorite books of all time: Man's Search for Meaning by Viktor Frankl and The Little Red Hen (a children's book published sometime between 1940 and 1990) Audiobook is read by the author. Enjoy!

  17. 5 out of 5

    Christa Van

    I had not heard of Maeve Higgins before listening to her book but now I love her. I could listen to her read all day, she has the perfect accent. Also, her essays are hilarious and she is thoughtful while being funny. Maeve does comedy and so amazingly charming that you want to agree with everything she has to say. Her podcast about immigration was canceled because it was supposed to be funny but always turned out quite serious is a cautionary tale. Her dog borrowing makes a lot of sense for peo I had not heard of Maeve Higgins before listening to her book but now I love her. I could listen to her read all day, she has the perfect accent. Also, her essays are hilarious and she is thoughtful while being funny. Maeve does comedy and so amazingly charming that you want to agree with everything she has to say. Her podcast about immigration was canceled because it was supposed to be funny but always turned out quite serious is a cautionary tale. Her dog borrowing makes a lot of sense for people who don't want to commit to full time pet ownership. But the best is her search for a husband using a inspiration from a favorite kids book. Recommended.

  18. 5 out of 5

    Matthew Daugherty

    So, for those of you who remember the song “Kids in America” by Len on the Digimon soundtrack now sing Maeve in America! You’re welcome. Now on to the review. Why 3 stars? I would rather give it 3 1/2 but that is not an option. The good points: It’s a good read! Easy page turner with amusing tales but a nice dose of reality, philosophy, and some straight up thunking! Yes, I used a made word thunking. It has a lot of insights from someone who didn’t grow up in what we(Americans) call normal. If yo So, for those of you who remember the song “Kids in America” by Len on the Digimon soundtrack now sing Maeve in America! You’re welcome. Now on to the review. Why 3 stars? I would rather give it 3 1/2 but that is not an option. The good points: It’s a good read! Easy page turner with amusing tales but a nice dose of reality, philosophy, and some straight up thunking! Yes, I used a made word thunking. It has a lot of insights from someone who didn’t grow up in what we(Americans) call normal. If you are liberal leaning then you will especially love this book. The bad(or just not so great): If you are conservative then you might not enjoy some of the parts of this book. I personally fall somewhere in the middle of all that but lean slightly to the conservative side. I didn’t mind it’s lean but it’s definitely got a little slant. There was one spot where she brings up Mike Pence’s speech celebrating Irish immigrants and how it should of included a certain topic(I don’t want to spoil it). I guarantee the suggestion would not have been there if it had been an individual representing the Democratic party (And no, they too would not have included her suggestion had it been their speech). All in all, it’s a good read and I’m glad I read it. I hope you do too! Even if you are a Republican.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Jennifer Healy

    I wanted like this more. I loved her essay on using Rent the Runway. Her essays on immigration were wonderful. The rest of the book just reminded me of how different I am, at 44, from Millenials. I felt she went on a little too long about herself, and I found myself skimming some parts because it got a little redundant. I love Instagram, too, but I don’t need to read an essay about someone else’s reasons for using it. She’s a good writer and she is funny, it just felt like there weren’t enough s I wanted like this more. I loved her essay on using Rent the Runway. Her essays on immigration were wonderful. The rest of the book just reminded me of how different I am, at 44, from Millenials. I felt she went on a little too long about herself, and I found myself skimming some parts because it got a little redundant. I love Instagram, too, but I don’t need to read an essay about someone else’s reasons for using it. She’s a good writer and she is funny, it just felt like there weren’t enough solid ideas to warrant a whole book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Kimberly

    This is a very different read, but worth it! Maeve Higgins writes a series of essays that are both thought provoking and poignant, inserting bits of her humor here and there. I highly recommend her book as it will leave you thinking about subjects you encounter with a new perspective - some interjected with her lovely humor, some from the viewpoint of an immigrant, some from the viewpoint of a woman, but mostly from the viewpoint of a person just like you making their way through life, which is This is a very different read, but worth it! Maeve Higgins writes a series of essays that are both thought provoking and poignant, inserting bits of her humor here and there. I highly recommend her book as it will leave you thinking about subjects you encounter with a new perspective - some interjected with her lovely humor, some from the viewpoint of an immigrant, some from the viewpoint of a woman, but mostly from the viewpoint of a person just like you making their way through life, which is sometimes joyful, sometimes messy, but always growing us into a better version of ourselves.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Jen Boucher

    I’ll admit that the first couple of essays had me feeling, ‘well, these are FINE, but why am I reading this instead of something else’. I’m so glad I carried on to be unexpectedly awoken to Maeve’s perspectives on topics such as immigration, being childless, being lonely and social media. I really enjoyed this book, it’s blend of humour and blunt reality, right down to the acknowledgements at the end. I will be listening to the podcast full of voices of immigrants as a follow up and am grateful I’ll admit that the first couple of essays had me feeling, ‘well, these are FINE, but why am I reading this instead of something else’. I’m so glad I carried on to be unexpectedly awoken to Maeve’s perspectives on topics such as immigration, being childless, being lonely and social media. I really enjoyed this book, it’s blend of humour and blunt reality, right down to the acknowledgements at the end. I will be listening to the podcast full of voices of immigrants as a follow up and am grateful for that opportunity.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Shannon A

    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.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Violeta

    I think the blurbs definitely oversold the humor of this essay collection. While some of Higgins’ observations were quiet-chuckle (as opposed to laugh out loud) funny or thoughtful, her essays and overall tone were not cohesive. The last third felt especially melancholy...which maybe would have been okay, because the writing wasn’t bad...but it felt depressing and wrong for a book billed as “a cross between Tina Fey and Dave Sedaris’s work.”

  24. 5 out of 5

    Vera Lynn

    This book has been my favorite comedian autobiography so far because of how genuinely Maeve shares her stories and the stories of others. From heavy topics like border control and the betrayal of our country towards immigrants and refugees, to what it’s like to be single, not want children, and be obsessed with the positives of Instagram, Maeve shares her heartfelt feelings that make you laugh, cry, and feel empathy for others.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Meagan

    Maeve Higgins has a wonderful narrative voice which is absolutely hilarious. Her essays/possible long winded memories comment on simple stuff from fashion to imposter syndrome to the different kinds of Irish. I laughed a lot reading this book, maybe even shed a few tears. Great for those who need a laugh and like seeing into a comedians life. I did receive this book through a Goodreads giveaway.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Katie Palazzolo

    This was a really entertaining read. I am not familiar with any of Maeve's other works- which I appreciated and forced myself to wait until finishing the book to find the rest of her stuff. I really feel like I got to know Maeve through her book, which had really good insights on travelling, the purpose and value of comedy, immigration, sharing stories, and how dolphins almost tried to kill her.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Dan Chilton

    I've loved Maeve on all the podcasts I've heard her on, but this book didn't live up to expectations. It was really hit or miss; not knowing if it wanted to be serious or funny. Not that a book can't be both, but it wasn't well balanced here. Even still, I could listen to Maeve read just about anything and be, at the very least, mildly enthralled from her voice alone. Her American accent is really quite good.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Rachael Gilkey

    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.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Niamh

    Any book that includes the phrase 'learned from the ultimate babe, Daniel O'Connell' is one that automatically gets five stars from me. Also the fact that she talks extensively about people pronouncing her name wrong is something that I just feel on a deeply spiritual level. This collection of essays, combing Maeve's musings on immigration and the life of being an immigrant to the United States (if not a privileged one at that). I find thoughts on the Irish diaspora so interesting, and this one Any book that includes the phrase 'learned from the ultimate babe, Daniel O'Connell' is one that automatically gets five stars from me. Also the fact that she talks extensively about people pronouncing her name wrong is something that I just feel on a deeply spiritual level. This collection of essays, combing Maeve's musings on immigration and the life of being an immigrant to the United States (if not a privileged one at that). I find thoughts on the Irish diaspora so interesting, and this one is written with such sweetness, comfort and genuine hilarity that it'll make you laugh and want a hug from your grandma all at the same time. Higgins is perhaps one of the funniest writers working today, and this book only proves her prowess with the written word. She writes frankly and with such skill that it makes this collection of essays immensely readable. It'll make you feel more positive about the world, even if you're reading about her moments of misfortune.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Mike

    Excellent. Funny and serious, deserves to be widely read. My favorite chapters: Call Me Maeve Aliens of Extraordinary Ability Five Interactions, One Man Summer Isn’t the Same Without You - hey take on body image. How Funny - upside and downside of being funny and from a funny family. Wildflowers - the absolute standout essay. Stunning and heartbreaking about immigration.

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