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“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

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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."
Booklist

“Her candor in style and subject matter—mostly sex, dating, and the general lousiness of men—has 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…"
JET

"There is no summing up Sam—no 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 habits—exploring 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
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 253 pages
  • Publisher: Curbside Splendor Publishing (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0988480425
  • ISBN-13: 978-0988480421
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 5 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 7.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (101 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #148,449 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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As a massive fan of the blog & personally responsible for making all my friends a fan, I was really looking forward to the book, it is so much more than I was expecting. I knew she could write, I knew she was funny, but this book exceeds all expectations. That's enough talky, just buy it already so she can quit her day job & provide the public with more books!
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Samantha Irby is an amazing person for sharing her life with all of us. Intimate details of her bouts with family, love life, health issues, social life, and always bounces back with maniacal laughter. We all had those hard times we all suffered through, but are too embarrassed to talk about it. She goes all out to expose herself (on many levels) to the world to say it like it is. It is hard not to fall in love with her, sometimes seeing your own life situations reflected in this book. Easy and fun to read, I recommend this to anybody who was once (or is) a teenager full of angst, or an adult that felt like the world needs to be shaken upside down by it's ankles. I just love Sam!
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Read this book! You won't be sorry. Seriously, one of the funniest, most frank and awesome books I've read. Samantha Irby is my JAM.
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Samantha Irby's unique voice and humor place her, in all her glorious hairy meatiness, among the top storytellers around. Or, at least, the top living storytellers in Chicago. If you're a longtime reader of her blog, you'll find a few familiar stories, but there are plenty of new pieces that are as hilariously raunchy and achingly honest as her earlier writing. I found myself wanting to skip past the parts of her writing that are so self-deprecating--not in a falsely modest way, but just to the point where you want to shake her and say, "STOP, you are awesome, please get over how much you hate yourself."

Don't read this if the thought of reading vivid descriptions of body parts makes your stomach turn, or if you'd rather not learn a dozen new nicknames for a vagina (my favorite was "womb hole"). Also don't read this story in public if you have poor bladder control.
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By Victor David Giron on September 16, 2013
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This book is insanely good. There are certain parts I can't read because either I laugh too hard or I cry or am like 'what'? Through her blogging and performing Samantha has developed an amazing, unique writer voice that comes together in an explosive way in her debut book.
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I first stumbled across Bitches Gotta Eat based on a friend's recommendation. I love the blog and the insightful yet no-holds-barred humor. Meaty is fantastic--insightful, tell-it-like-it-is, girl-don't-even-ACT-like-you-can't-relate humor that left me laughing so hard no sound came out. THE DREADED "SILENT LAUGH", Y'ALL! Very few things can elicit that level of pure joy from me. Buy it, read it, share it with a friend...but be sure to get it back, because you'll want to read it again when you have an everything-sucks-let's-just-stay-in-bed-and-sulk kind of day. It'll make it all better, I promise.
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This book made me laugh countless times, cry at least 4 times and made me wish Samantha Irby was a real live girlfriend of mine. Raw honesty combined with hilarious truth and heartbreak. It was my favorite read of 2013.
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...get past it and you will find endless wisdom. Some hilarious, some heart-rending. Samantha is a divine "trickster" who finds the sacred in the profane. And teaches some remarkable lessons along the way. Read it yourself, and then send it to a sistah you love. She'll thank you for it.
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