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Comedian, blogger and New York Times bestselling author Samantha Irby is famous her uproarious and enormously popular blog, Bitches Gotta Eat. In her 2013 debut essay collection, Meaty, Irby writes graphically about her relationships, being African American, taco feasts, her weight, bouts with Crohn’s disease, and her day job as a receptionist at an animal hospital. Her candidness and vulnerability are searingly funny and heartbreaking, borne by a voice that speaks to sexual politics, race and the pursuit of happiness.
Meaty, originally published by Giron, was chosen by Barnes & Noble as part of its Discover Great New Writers Program. It is not only being republished by Vintage and Anchor Books, it is also the basis for a new FX series, with Irby as a co-creator alongside Abbi Jacobson of Broad City and Jessi Klein, writer for Inside Amy Schumer.
Irby’s second book of essays—We are Never Meeting in Real Life—was a New York Times bestseller. Indeed, it was praised by author Roxanne Gay as “close to perfect as an essay collection can get.”
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