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Publisher's Summary

A new rip-roaring essay collection from the smart, edgy, hilarious, unabashedly raunchy, and best-selling Samantha Irby.

Irby is 40, and increasingly uncomfortable in her own skin despite what Inspirational Instagram Infographics have promised her. She has left her job as a receptionist at a veterinary clinic, has published successful books and has been friendzoned by Hollywood, left Chicago, and moved into a house with a garden that requires repairs and know-how with her wife in a Blue town in the middle of a Red state where she now hosts book clubs and makes mason jar salads. This is the bourgeois life of a Hallmark Channel dream. She goes on bad dates with new friends, spends weeks in Los Angeles taking meetings with "TV executives slash amateur astrologers" while being a "cheese fry-eating slightly damp Midwest person," "with neck pain and no cartilage in [her] knees," who still hides past due bills under her pillow. 

The essays in this collection draw on the raw, hilarious particulars of Irby's new life. Wow, No Thank You is Irby at her most unflinching, riotous, and relatable. 

©2020 Samantha Irby (P)2020 Random House Audio

What the critics say

"Samantha Irby is stay-up-all-night, miss-your-subway-stop, spit-out-your-beverage funny; she’s the king of sparkling misanthropy and tender, loving dread. I await her books like I await the sweet release of sleep each evening. As always, Irby’s writing is as irresistible as a snack tray, as intimately pleasurable as an Irish goodbye." (Jia Tolentino)

"The only writer who can make me laugh with abandon in public, Samantha Irby follows her breakout collection We Are Never Meeting in Real Life with high-speed treatises on everything from relentless menstruation to ‘raising’ her stepchildren and the stress of making friends in adulthood. Her signature irreverence is intact, of course, but it can't mask the heart she leaves bleeding on the page." (Julia Kosin, Elle, Best Books of 2020)

"A breakthrough voice of the previous decade, Sam Irby is poised to reign in the 2020s. Her takes on the absurdities of everyday life means that she can write about reality TV, poop, frittatas, and mental-health meds with equal aplomb.... It's been a joy to watch her build the strange confidence that comes from being comfortable with her own insecurity, a feat that few writers get to achieve." (Maris Kreizman, Vulture, Books We Can't Wait to Read in 2020)

What listeners say about Wow, No Thank You.

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  • TL8
  • 2020-11-22

Just listen to it , dammit!

I have the print version and it’s fn hilarious/heartbreaking - but hearing Samantha Irby tell her own story was the best .. self-deprecating, kinda dark and sarcastic - as I said THE BEST

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Staggering post-modern words: Captivating ❗

Sam's heartfelt, genuine narration validates tales of heavy value: A gorgeous symphony of written expression.

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Too Much Complaining

It’s a bit too much complaining for me to find entertaining. The performances are fine. But I didn’t enjoy listening.

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It’s laugh out loud funny

Really loved this book! This was my first time reading Samantha Irby and I was so pleasantly surprised at how good it was. I plan on reading her other two books now.

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  • hattie walls
  • 2020-04-08

listen to this book. and then repeat. twice.

I adore this woman and will arm wrestle anyone who writes a nasty review and gives her the impression that she should ever stop writing hilarious shit for me to indulge in while I clean my bathroom or fold laundry or drive around town. If you don't love her, keep it to yourself. I need this lady in my life, so don't fuck this up for me.

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  • Mandal K Singh
  • 2020-03-31

Thank you for keeping me company while I live.

I mean. Samantha Irby is on fire, for good reason. This listen is comforting and challenging, bc so is she. Anyway, let me get back to work (I mean listening).

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  • S. Reysen
  • 2020-05-06

omg!

During this Covid pandemic and lockdown, I needed a serious pick me up! Thanks so much for having an ironic and horrible life. Thanks for writing about it and making me laugh out loud!

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  • leila
  • 2020-09-11

Ok, what was the point?

I read a review of the book in New Yorker I believe. The review was so good that although I've always known that part of these kind of articles are just advertisement I convinced myself to listen to the book.
Unfortunately I could not find what the author wanted to say. At first it was interesting but then it was just some scattered information that I could not find a logical (or semi logical, or even dramatical) relation between the chapters. I could not even find what each chapter wanted to say itself. A whole chapter saying "Sure sex is good, but have you ever tried..."
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Probably if you are a fan of the author already you know her genre, but if you want to explore her works, be careful.

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  • Elizabeth
  • 2020-06-24

Depressing

There were moments of relating to her stories but then it takes a slide to the always depressive side & she sounds like she hates HATES to be talking.

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  • Elizabeth Adams
  • 2020-04-29

Horrible

This would be funnier if she wasn’t the one narrating it. She’s completely void of emotion. The “funny” parts come across as depressed... I’m pretty sure she hates her life. I made it about 30% of the way through and had to stop. I hope everyone else has a better experience.

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  • mary forrester
  • 2020-04-27

Like time with a best friend

Samatha Irby stays open and raw every time I read her work. I like the way she can bring humor to even the most embarrassing situation. So adult.

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  • Sadie
  • 2020-05-20

Meh. Self-Deprecating "Humor"

I was pretty excited to listen to this after reading reviews and following Roxanne Gay on Twitter, but I just wasn't feeling it. There is only so much one can say about the shitty aspects of getting older, and it was said in the first essay, then the second and then third and on and on. A lot of noticeable words were repeated essay to essay (something that irritates me endlessly), lots of complaining about the same things over and over, pretty negative vibes overall, and the self-deprecating attempts at humor just didn't resonate with me. I literally didn't laugh once, but did recognize several statements I've been trying to stop saying about myself in an effort to stop hating my body and feel healthier and happier.
I chose not to finish the book for these reasons, but man did I try!

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  • AB
  • 2020-05-04

My kinda gal - Great narration.

Love the irreverence. I wish I had the smarts to just 'tell it like I see it'. Loved this book. I also thought her narration completed the overall attitude of the book. I loved her attitude and it really enhanced the content.

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  • Sara Beasley
  • 2020-04-27

gritty personal physical perspective

This book is the second read after Meaty and provides the reader with the same tone and honest perspective of a very rough and suffering life in a very honest voice.

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