Samantha Irby is a Chicago treasure and her first book of personal essays, Meaty, catapulted her beyond the Midwest. With an FX series based on it in the works, she may solidify her status as one of the most hilarious writers out there. I can’t wait to encounter the Samantha Irby I’ve seen onstage in her new book: visceral, courageous, and with no filters. Irby takes life’s awkward, uncomfortable and cringe-worthy moments and turns them into stories of exuberance. Nevertheless, she doesn’t shy away from the pain of difficult childhoods, chronic disease and personal heartbreaks. I wouldn’t be surprised if 2017 is the year she becomes a national powerhouse.
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