Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins

Maeve in America

“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 memoirist and comedian in her native Ireland when, at the grand ...

Details Maeve in America

TitleMaeve in America
Release DateAug 7th, 2018
PublisherPenguin Books
GenreAutobiography, Memoir, Writing, Essays, Nonfiction, Humor, Audiobook, Biography, Funny

Reviews Maeve in America

  • 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 trumpComplimenting women Renting fancy dresses Summer in NYC Good shit I tell you
  • 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...
  • 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 t...
  • 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 ...
  • 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 th...
  • Mandy
    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 being Irish in America. Everyone needs to laugh. This is a particularly good way to get it done.
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  • 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...
  • 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 ...
  • Shari Wampler
    www.thenextgoodbook.comMaeve in America by Maeve Higgins240 pagesWhat’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 i...
  • Alyson
    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 home. I wish I had something more elegant to say. Sorry, Maeve. I will say as a Kansas girl who just a week ago went to Kansas City’s Irish Fest, I had to reread th...
  • Mj Brodie
    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 family and friends and travel across the world, but also funny observations on daily life in New York and as a single woman figuring out her priorities and navigating a ...
  • David Fitzgerald
    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 (an experience which was assisted by the fact that I consumed this in audiobook format with Maeve's chatty tone being delivered straight to my ears). It ebbs betwee...
  • Mike
    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, and heart in these essays. I'm not an audiobook person at all, but I'd love to hear Maeve Higgins read these stories aloud. She's inviting and incisive and able to ta...
  • Christa Van
    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 with everything she has to say. Her podcast about immigration was canceled because it was supposed to be funny but always turned out quite serious is a cautionary ta...
  • Matthew Daugherty
    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 turner with amusing tales but a nice dose of reality, philosophy, and some straight up thunking! Yes, I used a made word thunking. It has a lot of insights from someone w...
  • Jen Boucher
    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 social media. I really enjoyed this book, it’s blend of humour and blunt reality, right down to the acknowledgements at the end. I will be listening to the podcas...
  • Shannon A
    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, the pages got slightly ruined by my tears from laughing so hard that I couldn't put the book down? Yes. The reflections shared within these pages are beautiful and wil...
  • Vera Lynn
    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 children, and be obsessed with the positives of Instagram, Maeve shares her heartfelt feelings that make you laugh, cry, and feel empathy for others.
  • Meagan
    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 those who need a laugh and like seeing into a comedians life. I did receive this book through a Goodreads giveaway.
  • Katie Palazzolo
    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 travelling, the purpose and value of comedy, immigration, sharing stories, and how dolphins almost tried to kill her.
  • Rachael Gilkey
    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 of her most heartfelt and thoughtful writing, on immigration in America.This collection will be published in August 2018. I received an advance copy.
  • Niamh
    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 collection of essays, combing Maeve's musings on immigration and the life of being an immigrant to the United States (if not a privileged one at that). I find thoughts o...
  • Mike
    Excellent. Funny and serious, deserves to be widely read. My favorite chapters:Call Me MaeveAliens of Extraordinary AbilityFive Interactions, One ManSummer Isn’t the Same Without You - hey take on body image. How Funny - upside and downside of being funny and from a funny family. Wildflowers - the absolute standout essay. Stunning and heartbreaking about immigration.
  • Caroline
    Touching, warm, clever, funny... all the good words. Maeve is IMO the best comedian to come out of Ireland. This book of essays is fantastic. I laughed a lot, I welled up, I read it in 2 days. I wish I could write like Maeve.
  • Anna
    A few funny lines, and maybe it's just not my kind of humor...? Also, seemed like it was put together rather haphazardly, so all in all, can't say this rocked my world or rolled my tummy with laughter. Too bad too 'cuz I could've used a good laugh. Oh well.
  • Neanderthal
    2018-09-06 selected MAEVE IN AMERICA as September's pick for its monthly book club. Maeve Higgins moved to the U.S. a few years ago and writes about being an Irish immigrant, a comedian and a woman.(I received pre-publication access thanks to NetGalley.)
  • Paul
    A brilliant and creative writer, esp. good with metaphors and images: The first part of the book is very funny. The last couple of essays are reflective and interesting.
  • E.B.
    I laughed! I cried! I loved it so much!