Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else (Paperback)

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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 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.

About the Author


Maeve Higgins is a contributing writer for The New York Times and the host of the hit podcast Maeve in America: Immigration IRL. She is a comedian who has performed all over the world, including in her native Ireland, Edinburgh, Melbourne, and Erbil. Now based in New York, she cohosts Neil deGrasse Tyson’s StarTalk, both the podcast and the TV show on National Geographic, and has also appeared on Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer and on WNYC’s 2 Dope Queens.

Praise For…


“If Tina Fey and David Sedaris had a daughter, she would be Maeve Higgins. (And while I’m building the fantasy family of comedy, let’s put Nora Ephron somewhere on the family tree.) Higgins’s essays cover subjects ranging from what kind of shelter dog she would be to emigrating from Ireland, but a single thread weaves through each one: that elusive feeling of laughing around a big lump in your throat.”
Glamour (The Best Books to Read This Summer)

“Sharp-eyed . . . deeply funny and astute.”
People (The Best New Books)

“Maeve turns her wise eye toward our culture in witty, relatable essays.”
Good Housekeeping

“Upbeat and funny . . . The chapters are short and spunky . . . like a collection of Snapchat Stories that you can keep forever.”
BUST

“Wickedly funny . . . with incisive humor and deep humility . . . Higgins has the rare gift of being able to meaningfully engage with politics and social ills while remaining legitimately funny.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

“Sharp and readable . . . A keen observer of culture, [Maeve Higgins] offers timely insights about race and immigration in America. . . . Witty, humane, and topical, these essays offer an enlightened perspective on modern American culture while probing the energetic inner life of a bright young Irish comic. A warmly intelligent and insightful collection.”
Kirkus Reviews

“Prepare to laugh as comedian Maeve Higgins shares tales of an Irish girl in New York . . . with humor and flair. Higgins is a smart essayist, providing thoughtful insights, and you can tell she cares deeply about her subjects. . . . She deftly balances humor and gravitas. . . . Maeve Higgins may not be a household name yet, but she certainly has some things to say.”
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“If this is your first time reading Maeve Higgins, I’m jealous. She’s hilarious, poignant, conversational, and my favorite Irish import since U2. You’re in for a treat.”
—Phoebe RobinsonNew York Times bestselling author of You Can’t Touch My Hair

“Maeve Higgins is hilarious. She is the true Irish voice of our American generation.”
—Amy Schumer

“Maeve Higgins is brilliant; but her brilliance isn’t the braggy, headlight kind that tries to trap her subjects deer-like in a cold, dead glare. Instead, she lights every room she enters with warmth, welcome, and generous rays of sheer funny. And in this book, she illuminates the world.”
—John Hodgman, bestselling author of Vacationland

“Maeve Higgins is easily one of my favorite, most treasured comedic voices. She is one of those rare artists who makes her unique point of view relatable and refreshing, leaving you feeling like you’ve been on the same page with her your whole life.”
—Kristen Schaal

“Until space aliens land in America, Maeve Higgins from Ireland is the next best thing. She offers fresh and insightful perspectives from a faraway place on all we take for granted.”
—Neil deGrasse Tyson

“Maeve Higgins is the funniest writer I know. And Maeve in America is just so smart and joyful. I especially like it when she’s unhappy. Because she’s very funny about it. Always be unhappy, Maeve!”
—Jon Ronson, author of So You’ve Been Publicly Shamed

“This is a really funny, really natural, really gifted writer.”
—Kevin Barry, author of Beatlebone and City of Bohane

“Higgins is rarer than a blessing of unicorns. . . . She is original and relatively calm, her observations are pithy, her wit delicate, her persona oddly alluring and deftly honest.”
The Irish Times
Product Details
ISBN: 9780143130161
ISBN-10: 0143130161
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: August 7th, 2018
Pages: 256
Language: English
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