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...
  • Sarah
    Aug 11, 2018
    The author was brilliant as a lamppost in this episode of Everything is Alive: https://www.stitcher.com/s?eid=555676... ...
  • Amy Adams
    Dec 13, 2018
    Every once in a while, a book will sort of follow you around, showing up on bookshelves and to-read lists and oh-my-god-you-have-to-read-this recommendations from acquaintances. Maeve in America has done just that. It's trailed me like a nagging toddler, screaming, "Read me! I'm the fi...
  • 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 ...
  • 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...
  • Rebekah
    Jan 06, 2019
    I am too old and too midwestern for this. ...
  • 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...
  • Nancy Martira
    Jan 11, 2019
    Maeve's essays are no less substantive for their humor and charm. Some of the essays - about finding yourself in New York City, accepting your body, aloneness vs. loneliness and the fierceness of Aunties - are achingly relatable. ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Davina
    Feb 13, 2019
    The fact that Maeve Higgins is a stand up comic made me assume this essay collection would be a bit more "laugh out loud" but I really appreciated how unvarnished her stories were. "Wildflowers" in particular was so moving. The only thing that bugged me a bit about these essays was the...
  • 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...
  • Caleb
    Mar 21, 2019
    I would say a 3.5 for this book. I listened to the audiobook and Maeve reads it herself. Maeve does a good job. Every time Maeve is on Wait Wait Don't Tell Me, I know I am in for a laugh. I expected the book to be funnier. It was still good and talks about immigration in a powerful way...
  • Sarah Baenen
    Jan 11, 2019
    This book is really two books. One that lectures (gently, logically, and with compassion... but still a lecture) about the state of affairs in the world today. And one that self-deprecatingly examines the author's life. Separately, there's nothing wrong with either, but together, it ju...
  • 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...
  • Jarrah
    Mar 02, 2019
    From stories of swimming with dolphins to interviewing undocumented immigrants Maeve Higgins' essays manage to be not only hilarious, but thoughtful and poignant. Listening to her voice narrate the audiobook (which I highly recommend if audiobooks are your thing), there were times when...
  • 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...
  • Ksenia
    Mar 30, 2019
    some essays definitely stood out more than others, would recommend specific chapters to people but not the whole thing ...
  • 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. ...
  • 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...
  • Caitlin Peters
    Feb 20, 2019
    Equal parts hilarious and devastating, Maeve gives her thoughtful perspective on immigration, politics and culture both in America and abroad. Maeve always leaves you wanting more! ...
  • 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...
  • Becca Dzombak
    Apr 06, 2019
    Not just funny, but heartwarming and thought-provoking. Just what I'm looking for in an essay collection. ...
  • Daniel
    Mar 18, 2019
    Following the 800-page slog that was the previous selection of the nascent bookclub in which I find myself, I was desperate for something shorter and more enjoyable, something which might make reading feel more like a desired break from the daily grind than an addition to it. Enter Mae...