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Samantha Irby, author and creator of the blog “BitchesGottaEat,” is equal parts hilarious and wise, always managing to be brutally honest and lovingly relatable. If you’ve already devoured her previous books and are looking for something similar, check out these five books for fans of Samatha Irby! And, of course, make sure you pick up her latest release, Quietly Hostile.
Samantha Irby has captured audiences with her #1 New York Times bestselling books, and her witty, honest and endlessly hilarious voice is back at it again. Fans are eagerly awaiting her next set of essays, Quietly Hostile. This continued peek behind the curtain will make you cry, laugh and love Irby all over again.
They Can’t Kill Us Until They Kill Us by Hanif Abdurraqib
After the horrible nightclub attacks in Paris, Abdurraqib reflects on his youth and the ways he would escape his troubles with the help of music, worried that young Muslims today won’t have the same privilege. In the light of the Black Lives Matter movement, he also reflects on a time he was held down to the ground by police, for trying to enter his own car. Through the lens of pop culture and music, Abdurraqib’s essays provide a new way of understanding ourselves and our world.
You Can’t Touch My Hair by Phoebe Robinson
In this collection of essays, Robinson discusses various topics such as race, gender, and pop culture from her unique perspective as a Black woman. She uses humor and personal anecdotes to explore the challenges she has faced and the experiences that have shaped her worldview. Robinson’s essays are both thought-provoking and entertaining, and they provide a fresh and engaging perspective on issues that are often overlooked or misunderstood.
Unreliable Narrator: Me, Myself, and Impostor Syndrome by Aparna Nancherla
In this collection of essays from comedian Aparna Nancherla, she explores mental health, culture, body image and more. As a headliner, frequent late-night show guest and superstar comedian, she has the quirky position of being in and sometimes loathing the spotlight. In her book she grapples with her chosen career path and the crippling nature of depression, anxiety and self-doubt, that for better or worse, accompany her.
You’re That Bitch: & Other Cute Lessons About Being Unapologetically Yourself by Bretman Rock (2/14)
What does a life as one of the first digital celebrities look like? Bretman Rock Sacayanan, original superstar influencer and everyone’s social media bestie, will have you laughing out loud with this deliciously chaotic collection of essays, recipes, and never before seen photos. A glimpse into Bretman’s early life in the Philippines and how Filipino culture shaped who he is today, we also see his journey as a first generation immigrant. At the young age of fourteen, Bretman was already becoming an internet sensation, while still managing high school, honor roll, and being a varsity track-star. The cutest person on the internet shows you how they’ve managed to navigate cancel culture, heartbreak, and creating a community that you adore.
Furiously Happy by Jenny Lawson
The book explores Lawson’s struggles with mental illness, including depression and anxiety, as well as her efforts to find joy and humor in life. Through a series of humorous and sometimes absurd anecdotes, Lawson offers a candid and raw glimpse into her experiences, from attending a taxidermy convention to traveling to Japan with her husband. Along the way, she shares insights into the challenges of living with mental illness and offers hope and encouragement to others who may be struggling.
Dear Girls by Ali Wong
Comedian Ali Wong offers a series of hilarious and heartfelt letters to her two daughters. Through these letters, Wong shares her own experiences as a comedian, a wife, and a mother, and offers candid advice on everything from sex and relationships to career and family. Wong’s humor is often raunchy and irreverent, but it is also deeply honest and vulnerable, as she shares the ups and downs of her own life with unflinching candor.