Are You Getting Any Work Done with Jami Attenberg: Samantha Irby

This series will bring friends of Loyalty Bookstores and Jami Attenberg, author and creator of #1000WordsofSummer, together through this pandemic madness to talk writing and coping.

Join us for Jami chatting with Samantha Irby! Samantha Irby may have crafted the perfect three books for this moment in her essay collections, MeatyWe Are Never Meeting in Real Life, and Wow, No Thank You. Can we write funny, reflective, revealing, work right now? We have no idea, so Jami and Samantha are gonna talk about it. 

This event is free (or you can get a book sent to you!), but RSVP below to get the secure link to the event emailed to you. 

ABOUT SAMANTHA IRBY

Samantha Irby is a writer whose work you can find on the internet.

ABOUT SAMANTHA'S LATEST BOOK

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"Stay-up-all-night, miss-your-subway-stop, spit-out-your-beverage funny.... irresistible as a snack tray, as intimately pleasurable as an Irish goodbye."
--Jia Tolentino

From Samantha Irby--beloved author of New York Times bestseller We Are Never Meeting in Real Life--a rip-roaring, edgy and unabashedly raunchy new collection of hilarious essays.

Irby is forty, 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.

ABOUT JAMI ATTENBERG

JAMI ATTENBERG is the New York Times best-selling author of seven books of fiction, including The Middlesteins and All Grown Up. She has contributed essays to the New York Times Magazine, the Wall Street Journal, the Sunday Times, and Longreads, among other publications. She lives in New Orleans.

ABOUT HER LATEST BOOK: ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS

From critically acclaimed New York Times best-selling author Jami Attenberg comes a novel of family secrets: think the drama of Big Little Lies set in the heat of a New Orleans summer

"If I know why they are the way they are, then maybe I can learn why I am the way I am," says Alex Tuchman of her parents. Now that her father is on his deathbed, Alex--a strong-headed lawyer, devoted mother, and loving sister--feels she can finally unearth the secrets of who Victor is and what he did over the course of his life and career. (A power-hungry real estate developer, he is, by all accounts, a bad man.) She travels to New Orleans to be with her family, but mostly to interrogate her tightlipped mother, Barbra.

As Barbra fends off Alex's unrelenting questions, she reflects on her tumultuous life with Victor. Meanwhile Gary, Alex's brother, is incommunicado, trying to get his movie career off the ground in Los Angeles. And Gary's wife, Twyla, is having a nervous breakdown, buying up all the lipstick in drug stores around New Orleans and bursting into crying fits. Dysfunction is at its peak. As each family member grapples with Victor's history, they must figure out a way to move forward--with one another, for themselves, and for the sake of their children.

ALL THIS COULD BE YOURS is a timely, piercing exploration of what it means to be caught in the web of a toxic man who abused his power; it shows how those webs can tangle a family for generations and what it takes to--maybe, hopefully--break free. With her signature "sparkling prose" ( Marie Claire) and incisive wit, Jami Attenberg deftly explores one of the most important subjects of our age.

 

Event date: 
Monday, May 25, 2020 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Washington, DC 20011
Wow, No Thank You.: Essays Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780525563488
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Vintage - March 31st, 2020

All This Could Be Yours Cover Image
$26.00
ISBN: 9780544824256
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt - October 22nd, 2019