Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else

Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else

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, Maeve Higgins was a bestselling memoirist and comedian in her native Ireland when, at the grand old age of thirty-one, ...

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Title:Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else
Author:Maeve Higgins
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Genres:Nonfiction
ISBN:Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else
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Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else Reviews

  • Aaron
    Nov 20, 2018
    Had a hard time getting into this. It has a lot of good quips, but not a lot of good setup. Good politics, but it feels like the only relationships that really get explored here are with complete strangers or family (which borders on cruel), or exploring her desire for a long-term part...
  • Mandy
    Sep 25, 2018
    I picked this up while in NYC at the Strand because it was signed and I loved the review "If Tiny Fey and David Sedaris had a daughter..." I was belly laughing by page 2, and really enjoyed laughing at the entire thing. Maeve is thoughtful and smart, and observes her experience bei...
  • Bridget
    Nov 22, 2018
    I wanted to like this book more, but it just didn?t happen. It was like being set up and told how much I?m going to like this person: they?re funny with that Irish sense of humor you love so, and charming, etc. We just didn?t click. Some of the essays were far too long, others ...
  • Megs
    Oct 08, 2018
    I loved this book. It's a gift to be able to see our culture from the visitors's perspective, and to have its flaws and beauty both delivered in a humorous package created by an Irish comedian. The humor was not excessive though, and very salient points were made esp. on the topic of i...
  • Molly
    Apr 03, 2018
    I will confess that I had never heard of Maeve Higgins prior to writing this book. I am glad that I gave it a chance, though, because Higgins is hilarious and I'm looking forward to seeking out more of her work in whatever form it might take. She's self-deprecating in a charming way, v...
  • Amy
    Dec 02, 2018
    Liked it, but didn't love it. Maeve Higgins is an Irish comedian and writer - I had heard her on a podcast, I can't remember which one, because I listen to too many podcasts! This collection of her writings focuses on her experience coming to the U.S. and experiencing this country as a...
  • Terzah
    Nov 12, 2018
    I don't relate to a lot in the collections of women's essays the publishing industry churns out these days--they are all too slang-y, too victim-y, too New Age-y, too bitter, too stupid or all of the above--but I loved this one. The author, an Irish comedian and podcaster who now lives...
  • Tibbi
    Jun 10, 2018
    Maeve Higgin's collection of essays initially read like Bridget Jones comes to America, as she offers humorous self-deprecating anecdotes of her own immigration to New York City from Cobh, Ireland. Rent-a-dress, money woes, small talk and swimming and loathing with dolphins, get the Hi...
  • Kate
    Nov 14, 2018
    I recently learned about the activist and comedian Maeve Higgins from the How to be Amazing podcast with Michael Ian Black. She came off as compassionate, thoughtful, funny, and for lack of a better word, woke. I decided to check out her recent book from the library and am glad I did. ...
  • thewestchestarian
    Oct 30, 2018
    Yes, Maeve is from "Somewhere Else" The mysterious wilds of a real country known as "Ireland". Maybe you heard of it? Or visited? Or are from there or your relatives are from there or you've ever attended a St. Patrick's Day Parade or been to an Irish pub, etc. In short, being from Ire...
  • Ammar
    Jun 14, 2018
    3.5 stars Thanks for Penguin Canada for an ARC of this book. Interesting personal essays From an Irish point of view An alien in the USA Maeve is a comedian Those essays take about: Her travels Her fear of dolphins Her Instagram addiction Failed love Obsession...
  • Mike
    Sep 03, 2018
    Maeve Higgins is an absolute delight, and a wonderful writer. This was my final book of the summer, and I couldn't think of a more superb way to shut down summer reading and transition to back-to-work reading than by reading the incredible entwining of voice, brilliant observations, an...
  • Shari Wampler
    Aug 25, 2018
    www.thenextgoodbook.com Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins 240 pages What?s it about? This is a collection of essays written by Irish comedienne and memoirist Maeve Higgins. Ms. Higgins came to America in her early thirties. She writes about her experiences as a woman and an Iri...
  • David Fitzgerald
    Sep 03, 2018
    As an Irishman who lived in San Francisco for a couple of years, listening to Maeve in America felt like a chat with an (incredibly funny) friend where we bantered over the similarities of our experience. Well, more like me sitting back and letting that friend recount their experience ...
  • T
    Sep 16, 2018
    I originally shelved this on my ?lolz? shelf. While there is a subtle humor throughout, it is much more thought provoking than bust a gut funny. Maeve is best when she?s writing about the immigrant experience. I found those chapters to be heartbreakingly vital - all other cha...
  • lisa
    Feb 20, 2018
    Maeve Higgins has a hilarious and wise podcast, and her Instagram is always creative and clever. However, I found this book to be a weak outline of who she is and what her ideals are. They are there, but they aren't great, and her little stories seem silly. This is definitely a persona...
  • Maddison
    Aug 09, 2018
    I was fortunate enough to win this book through a Goodreads Giveaway. My thanks to the sponsor and to Goodreads for facilitating this giveaway. The series of essays in "Maeve in America" - penned by Irish comedian Maeve Higgins - was a bit difficult for me to synthesize into one mai...
  • Annie Camp
    Aug 16, 2018
    Enjoyable? ...
  • Griesgundel van Feldenfloeven
    Nov 29, 2018
    I was very disappointed by this book. First of all - I didn't know the author at all when I started the book. I chose it because it was a nominee in the Goodreads Awards and downloaded the sample. The thing is that I really enjoyed the sample, I thought it's well written and hil...
  • Douglas Rowe
    Nov 07, 2018
    I would be delighted to meet Maeve Higgins someday. She has learned some lovely and encouraging lessons about herself, life, love and family that take others much longer into their lives to learn if they ever learn them at all. Her stories are interesting, accessible and delightful wit...
  • Kate
    Sep 20, 2018
    I just couldn't get into these stories. I found a few interesting but some of the others just fell flat for me. ...
  • Christa Van
    Sep 20, 2018
    I had not heard of Maeve Higgins before listening to her book but now I love her. I could listen to her read all day, she has the perfect accent. Also, her essays are hilarious and she is thoughtful while being funny. Maeve does comedy and so amazingly charming that you want to agree w...
  • Jennifer Healy
    Oct 08, 2018
    I wanted like this more. I loved her essay on using Rent the Runway. Her essays on immigration were wonderful. The rest of the book just reminded me of how different I am, at 44, from Millenials. I felt she went on a little too long about herself, and I found myself skimming some parts...
  • Kimberly
    Oct 08, 2018
    This is a very different read, but worth it! Maeve Higgins writes a series of essays that are both thought provoking and poignant, inserting bits of her humor here and there. I highly recommend her book as it will leave you thinking about subjects you encounter with a new perspecti...
  • S
    Dec 10, 2018
    This book did itself a disservice by being listed as humor and featuring blurbs about how hilarious it is. However, if you can let that go, you are in for a thoughtful treat. I read the first few essays, and... I was seriously disappointed. I did not find them funny. I almost left i...
  • Alyson
    Sep 11, 2018
    Maybe I wasn?t in the right headspace for this book, and maybe I shouldn?t have tried to finish it while miserably hungover on a 3 hour hell-flight halfway across the country. But I had a hard time following some of the essays, which were full of ideas but didn?t always arrive ho...
  • Matthew Daugherty
    Sep 04, 2018
    So, for those of you who remember the song ?Kids in America? by Len on the Digimon soundtrack now sing Maeve in America! You?re welcome. Now on to the review. Why 3 stars? I would rather give it 3 1/2 but that is not an option. The good points: It?s a good read! Easy page turn...
  • Mj Brodie
    Sep 23, 2018
    This was a witty, well-written collection of essays on life as an immigrant here in the USA. I'm a fan of Maeve Higgins' podcast 'Maeve in America: Immigration IRL' and that was how I came to read this book. The essays are a mix of thoughtful reflections on what it means to leave famil...
  • Donna Hines
    Aug 05, 2018
    Self care, self love, self appreciation and awareness. Throw in some humor. Throw in some soul searching while on a journey to who knows and well you got this one wrapped. I loved everything about this. The writing was simplistic yet packed full of fun, love, excitement. A collection...
  • Stephanie Moore
    Dec 03, 2018
    I really wish I knew where to begin with this review... I just want to do both book and author justice. Let me start by saying that while yes at times Maeve?s writing is full of puns and had me laughing so hard I was in tears and couldn?t catch my breath, the heart of this book re...