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Summary

“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 best-selling memoirist and comedian in her native Ireland when, at the grand old age of 31, she left the only home she’d ever known in search of something more. Like many women in their early 30s, 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.

©2018 Maeve Higgins (P)2018 Penguin Audio

Critic reviews

“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

“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) 

“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)

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up the rebels!

I have followed Maeve for the last 10 years, and just love her sharp wit and big heart. I Very often find myself laughing out loud to her take on modern life, from the view of an intelligent, kind, sensitive, charming woman (did I mention she is funny??). Wonderful topics interwoven through the book, a week on I and I still think about immigration, freedom park, ugly dogs, funny toddlers and terrorist attacks!! Loved listening to this, it was a joy.

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  • Evan
  • 28-08-18

Laugh out loud

Loved this book. Funny but also wise and compassionate. Recommended to friends and family. Will revisit, for sure.

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  • A User
  • 16-08-18

Really good stories but monotone narration

Listened through the fifth chapter but Lost interest due to the narration. She has great stories but I wish she would’ve put more personality into the narration.

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