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From the stand-up comedian, actress, and host beloved for her cheeky swagger, unique voice, and unapologetic frankness comes a book of comedic essays for fans of Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me by Mindy Kaling and We’re Going to Need More Wine by Gabrielle Union.

If you’ve watched television or movies in the past year, you’ve seen Michelle Buteau. With scene-stealing roles in Always Be My Maybe, First Wives Club, Someone Great, Russian Doll, and Tales of the City; a reality TV show and breakthrough stand-up specials, including her headlining show Welcome to Buteaupia on Netflix, and two podcasts (Late Night Whenever and Adulting), Michelle’s star is on the rise. You’d be forgiven for thinking the road to success - or adulthood or financial stability or self-acceptance or marriage or motherhood - has been easy; but you’d be wrong.

Now, in Survival of the Thickest, Michelle reflects on growing up Caribbean, Catholic, and thick in New Jersey, going to college in Miami (where everyone smells like pineapple), her many friendship and dating disasters, working as a newsroom editor during 9/11, getting started in stand-up opening for male strippers, marrying into her husband’s Dutch family, IVF and surrogacy, motherhood, chosen family, and what it feels like to have a full heart, tight jeans, and stardom finally in her grasp.

©2020 Michelle Buteau. All rights reserved. (P)2020 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

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Michelle is everyone's dream best friend

I am so happy that Michelle read her own book in her own words! I always love listening to her whether it's from Adulting, the circle, her standup or in her new movie roles! I feel like I'm listening to a friend I have known forever. I laughed out loud and cried a few times too, just hearing the genuine emotion in her voice was moving. I am so happy for all of her success and I have no doubt I'll be listening to this audiobook more than once! Much love to you Michelle and thank you for being you!

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  • Jessica
  • 2020-12-28

Enjoyable listen, unexpected moments

I didn't understand at first that it was a series of essays. Once I got that in order the book makes more sense. Some have complained that this book isn't cohesive, but it's a series of essays on different toys in her life. Michelle examines so many aspects of her life and I enjoyed sharing in the wisdom she has learned.

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  • adriana p marin
  • 2020-12-23

Great book!

I laughed, I cried, I felt like I went clubbing with Michelle in Miami in the 90’s. What a wonderful book. I highly recommend it.

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  • Jennifer L. Toppin
  • 2020-12-12

Hilarious and heartfelt

This book was excellent! I enjoyed it from the very beginning and didn't want it to end.

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  • @audiblegirl
  • 2020-12-20

ABSO LOVEDDD IT!!!

So talented! Thank you for sharing your life. Best audio book I've listen to this year.

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  • Maryka Lier
  • 2021-01-01

Hilarious, Warm-hearted, Irreverent

A wonderful listen and loved hearing it in Michelle’s voice. If you love her stand-up comedy, you’ll love hearing her in this medium. She’s is amazing in the wacky, funny moments and shines in the personal, vulnerable moments. I laughed, I cried, I renewed my commitment to flossing.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-02-13

I love Michelle!!!

Just listening to her voice brings me joy so to be able to hear her life story was the icing on the cake. Great book for anyone who wants a good laugh and to hear the realness of life in general.. Bravo Buteau!!!!!

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  • Jeremy Heinerich
  • 2021-02-12

Great story from a funny lady

I loved hearing her story after seeing her do stand up for years from the beginning. nice to see her find success and happiness with a family. great to hear in her voice.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 2021-02-05

She is absolutely hilarious!!!

I was very sad when the book was finished. I will now purchase her album on iTunes and anything else she puts out.

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  • 2021-02-05

Lots of laughs and some tears

This Audible book is full of great stories that have you laughing out loud one moment and in tears at others. I especially love when these types of autobiographical books are read by the author and Michelle Buteau tells it better than anyone else could. She also has a hilarious Netflix Special Welcome To Buteaupia. I love all of it ❤️💯

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  • Carla
  • 2021-02-02

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Michelle’s writing made me feel like I was sitting on the sofa chatting and laughing with my little sister.