Quietly Hostile: Essays

Books on Tape. May 2023. 9:32 hrs. ISBN 9780593668405. $85.50. MEMOIR
Irby (Wow, No Thank You) is back with a new self-narrated essay collection full of keen observations, body-related humor, and self-deprecation. Whether discussing diarrhea, anaphylactic shock, or her porn preferences, Irby’s style is novel. Chill but sharp as a tack, she displays her talents by making even the mundane seem hilarious. Her misadventures in dating and insightful observations on body image, mental health, and relationships explore the messy and complicated aspects of everyday life. She navigates complex family dynamics with her half-siblings and simple ones with her stepkids (impossible to impress, and as a general rule, it’s best to avoid asking teens what they think of oneself). Irby’s talents as a narrator make audio the preferred format of this title. Her distinctive voice, comedic timing, and ability to use the right level of sarcasm and sincerity give listeners a front-row seat to a great storytelling adventure.
VERDICT Irby’s pitch-perfect narration makes this unfiltered, honest essay collection in audio an essential purchase. A great recommendation for fans of Mia Mercado, David Sedaris, and Phoebe Robinson.
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