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 RobinsonA timely essay collection about life, love, and becoming an American from breakout comedy star and podcaster Maeve HigginsMaeve Higgins was a bestselling mem...

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

  • Donna Hines

    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 of essays much like Coming to America in which this Irish gal is trying to make her way in NYC as a newly planted immigrant.

    It's not all comedy show style though as the discussions center upon some serious aspects inc

    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 of essays much like Coming to America in which this Irish gal is trying to make her way in NYC as a newly planted immigrant.

    It's not all comedy show style though as the discussions center upon some serious aspects including Dreamers, Immigration Issues, reaching adulthood, leaving home, and of course finding your place in life.

    Even the internet can be found to have some healing properties and advice much like that which is received from family and friends.

    This was like a warm cup of tea on a cold winter's night.

    Maeve Higgins is a newcomer to me, but I'll be sure to keep and eye out for her next work.

    Thank you to Maeve , her publisher, and Goodreads for this ARC giveaway in exchange for this honest review. This books is one of many I will be donating to Hoyt Library in memory of my niece Cassie Ann Gatcha.

  • Molly

    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, very Irish, and extremely thoughtful - the essay about her attempts to make her podcast about immigrants into something comedic is frustrating (because you want to throttle her producers) and beautiful all at once.

    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, very Irish, and extremely thoughtful - the essay about her attempts to make her podcast about immigrants into something comedic is frustrating (because you want to throttle her producers) and beautiful all at once. She's not quite David Sedaris, but she's pretty great.

    I received access to this title via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

  • Tibbi

    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 Higgins treatment. But as we know, life is not all fun and comedy sketches, and Higgins' pieces on Dreamers, leaving home, mentoring and our place in the universe are thoughtful and poignant.

    I was not familiar with M

    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 Higgins treatment. But as we know, life is not all fun and comedy sketches, and Higgins' pieces on Dreamers, leaving home, mentoring and our place in the universe are thoughtful and poignant.

    I was not familiar with Maeve Higgins prior to reading this book, although she is well known in Ireland. I look forward to reading more of what she has to offer in the future. Thank you to the publisher for an advanced copy of this book.

  • T

    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 chapters felt like insignificant fluff. I am saying this as an American; I WANT to hear about the immigrant experience. Granted, Maeve’s immigration is one of privilege and she points this out multiple times. However, she also

    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 chapters felt like insignificant fluff. I am saying this as an American; I WANT to hear about the immigrant experience. Granted, Maeve’s immigration is one of privilege and she points this out multiple times. However, she also highlights the stories of undocumented immigrants and DACA recipients and I felt myself wanting to know more. It took an immigrant to tell the story of other immigrants.

    For me, the best chapters were “Aliens of Extraordinary Ability” and “Wildflowers”. You could probably read one 2 chapters by themselves without needing to read the rest of the book.

    Finally, because this book is so topical, it’s already a bit out of date, despite having been published just this year. But I guess that’s what happens when the current news cycle moves at light speed.

    All in all, when taking the 2 chapters mentioned above into consideration, this is a book that will appeal towards a certain portion of the population. Others will dismiss it as yet another case of someone from somewhere else sticking their nose in something that doesn’t concern them...and, once again, missing the forest for the trees. Because, unless you are indigenous, you, too, are from somewhere else.

  • lisa

    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 personality I would recommend should be listened to live (or at least podcast live) as her lively humor doesn't come across well on the page.

    I did enjoy reading more about growing up in Cobh Ireland, where so many Irish i

    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 personality I would recommend should be listened to live (or at least podcast live) as her lively humor doesn't come across well on the page.

    I did enjoy reading more about growing up in Cobh Ireland, where so many Irish immigrants set sail for other lives in the United States.

  • Ammar

    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 with Michael Fassbender

    Dogs and pets

    Children

    USA and trump

    Complimenting women

    Renting fancy dresses

    Summer in NYC

    Good shit I tell you

  • Maddison

    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 main idea/takeaway. While some of the stories I definitely enjoyed and found humorous, others seemed to build to a crescendo that never materialized. I often found myself asking questions like, "so what?" and "why is this

    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 main idea/takeaway. While some of the stories I definitely enjoyed and found humorous, others seemed to build to a crescendo that never materialized. I often found myself asking questions like, "so what?" and "why is this essay present in a supposedly comedic collection of writings?" The design of the book cover, the nature of the back blurb, and the reputation of its author suggested that each essay would be, more than anything else, funny. However, some stories were very serious, as if they had accidentally dropped out of a political memoir and nestled themselves in between the pages of Higgins' work.

    That being said, I have had no previous experience with Maeve Higgins' writing, podcast, or stand-up comedy, so I dove into this read with few expectations. After finishing the collection, I do think Higgins is funny, but I would have liked to see that humor appear more consistently throughout the essays instead of just in small bits and pieces. If that would have been the case, I doubt I'd be left wondering how to categorize this book.

    While others may or may not share my thoughts, I think most everyone who reads this collection will connect with at least something Higgins shares. For me, her essay mentioning the difficulties of disliking summer hit home, and the way she further tied these slight annoyances into how women and men often ridicule their own bodies during the season was particularly memorable. I only wish that more of her essays would have followed a similar pattern.

  • Annie Camp

    Enjoyable—

  • Shari Wampler

    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 Irish immigrant living in New York City.

    What did it make me think about?

    These essays are often funny, always insightful, and occasionally preachy. They did make me look at the immigrant experience in a different way.

    Should I read

    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 Irish immigrant living in New York City.

    What did it make me think about?

    These essays are often funny, always insightful, and occasionally preachy. They did make me look at the immigrant experience in a different way.

    Should I read it?

    This is an engaging and humorous book. My only complaint- the essays were uneven. Some much more interesting and entertaining than others. On occasion I felt like Ms. Higgins was lecturing and those essays were not my favorite. I particularly enjoyed Maeve swimming with the dolphins, renting a ball gown, and her essay on summer and body image. Definitely worth reading- but inconsistent.

    Quote-

    “I felt totally fine about renting a dress, although I promised myself I wouldn’t tell anyone I had done so. I resolved to just say thank you if anybody complimented me, as opposed to explain in in too much detail just why they were wrong to do so. In the past I’ve ruined many a generous utterance by breaking it down and explaining where the lie is.”

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