Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else

Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else

?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 mem ?If Tina Fey and David Sedaris had a daughter, she would be Maeve Higgins.? ?Glamour ?...

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Title:Maeve in America: Essays by a Girl from Somewhere Else
Author:Maeve Higgins
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Genres:Writing
ISBN:0143130161
Edition Language:English
Format Type:Paperback
Number of Pages:256 pages pages

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

  • 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...
  • Rachael Gilkey
    May 29, 2018
    In Maeve in America, Maeve Higgins has collected a number of smart, funny, thoughtful essays that touch on everything from the trials of dressing fancy for a gala, the importance of the ?aunts? of the world in guiding young women, the healing properties of social media, and in some...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Violeta
    Sep 27, 2018
    I think the blurbs definitely oversold the humor of this essay collection. While some of Higgins? observations were quiet-chuckle (as opposed to laugh out loud) funny or thoughtful, her essays and overall tone were not cohesive. The last third felt especially melancholy...which m...
  • 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...
  • Shannon A
    Feb 18, 2018
    I wish this book was going to be out to share around St. Patrick's Day, but maybe August would be a better time, as one wouldn't want to be caught laughing out loud in Church on St. Patrick's Day. Is it fitting that while reading the opening essay about swimming with the dolphins, t...
  • 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...
  • Dan Chilton
    Oct 12, 2018
    I've loved Maeve on all the podcasts I've heard her on, but this book didn't live up to expectations. It was really hit or miss; not knowing if it wanted to be serious or funny. Not that a book can't be both, but it wasn't well balanced here. Even still, I could listen to Maeve read ju...
  • Annie Camp
    Aug 16, 2018
    Enjoyable? ...
  • Niamh
    Sep 20, 2018
    Any book that includes the phrase 'learned from the ultimate babe, Daniel O'Connell' is one that automatically gets five stars from me. Also the fact that she talks extensively about people pronouncing her name wrong is something that I just feel on a deeply spiritual level. This col...
  • Vera Lynn
    Sep 21, 2018
    This book has been my favorite comedian autobiography so far because of how genuinely Maeve shares her stories and the stories of others. From heavy topics like border control and the betrayal of our country towards immigrants and refugees, to what it?s like to be single, not want ch...
  • Mike
    Aug 19, 2018
    Excellent. Funny and serious, deserves to be widely read. My favorite chapters: Call Me Maeve Aliens of Extraordinary Ability Five Interactions, One Man Summer Isn?t the Same Without You - hey take on body image. How Funny - upside and downside of being funny and from a funny...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Meagan
    Aug 02, 2018
    Maeve Higgins has a wonderful narrative voice which is absolutely hilarious. Her essays/possible long winded memories comment on simple stuff from fashion to imposter syndrome to the different kinds of Irish. I laughed a lot reading this book, maybe even shed a few tears. Great for tho...
  • Katie Palazzolo
    Aug 20, 2018
    This was a really entertaining read. I am not familiar with any of Maeve's other works- which I appreciated and forced myself to wait until finishing the book to find the rest of her stuff. I really feel like I got to know Maeve through her book, which had really good insights on trave...
  • 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...
  • Jen Boucher
    Aug 25, 2018
    I?ll admit that the first couple of essays had me feeling, ?well, these are FINE, but why am I reading this instead of something else?. I?m so glad I carried on to be unexpectedly awoken to Maeve?s perspectives on topics such as immigration, being childless, being lonely and ...