“How to Get Your Disgusting Meat Carcass Ready for Some New, Hot Sex,” is just one of the amazingly crass, defiant, witty, terrifying, and wondrous offerings found in Irby’s debut book of essays. Fans of her uproarious blog, bitches gotta eat, might already be well acquainted with some pieces found in this book. However, here they are expanded, edited, and feature proper capitalization, and they’re tucked in amid newer gems. Irby, a Chicago-based writer-performer who mostly jokes about “hot dudes, diarrhea, kittens, and magical tacos,” cuts the bawdy, wickedly funny pieces with some truly poignant palate cleansers, including the heartrending “My Mother, My Daughter,” the story of her mother’s declining health and eventual death. She also confronts her struggles with Crohn’s disease, poverty, blackness, and body image, and, in some truly vulnerable, moving passages, she nakedly displays her earnest desires for romantic love. Irby’s voice is raw, gripping, and sings a clear tune many female readers will find themselves grooving to. And, for good measure, she includes some recipes. Delicious. --Courtney Jones
A Barnes & Noble Holiday 2013 Discover Great New Writers Selection
An Emily Books Book Club Selection
A Publishers Weekly Fall 2013 Big Books by Small Presses
A COSMO Best 22 Books of the Year For Women, By Women
Raunchy, funny and vivid
Those faint of heart beware...strap in and get ready for a roller-coaster ride to remember."
— Kirkus Reviews
Amazingly crass, defiant, witty, terrifying, and wondrous...[Irby] cuts the bawdy, wickedly funny pieces with some truly poignant palate cleansers...Irby’s voice is raw, gripping, and ...Delicious."
Her candor in style and subject mattermostly sex, dating, and the general lousiness of menhas earned Samantha Irby a cult following... Honesty mixed with self-deprecating humor is what propels reader."
— Time Out Chicago
"Samantha Irby is as bad as she wants to be."
— Chicago Tribune
"Whether she’s writing about her latest inflammatory bowel disease attack or documenting a sexual escapade gone awry (sometimes simultaneously), you’ll most likely be able to relate to Irby’s tell-all book. Her raw honesty and scathing sense of humor will make you laugh out loud
"There is no summing up Samno writerly preface, no small-talk tidbits, no rundown of vital stats that can suffice. She is irreducible, like a prime number, or a quark [...] Irby's writing has a powerfully intimacy, a direct connection between her and her readers. On the page, she's more an essayist than a storyteller per se, with the essayist's intellectual habitsexploring ideas, contradicting herself, poking thoughts to see if they burst, and then reveling in the mess."
— Chicago Reader
"Irby has the rare ability to divulge her personal problems to an expansive, invisible Internet audience and still dazzle a crowded room of literati."
— Chicago Magazine