Tell Everyone on This Train I Love Them

Penguin Random House Audio. Feb. 2022. 5:24 hrs. ISBN 9780593557952. $17.50. LIT
Higgins, a relative newcomer to the U.S. from Ireland, is an actor, comedian, and cohost of the climate podcast Mothers of Invention. Her essay collection explores a variety of topics befitting Higgins’s nature—curious with a dash of adventure. Higgins is seriously funny, but she is so much more than that. Essays about taking down Civil War figures in Richmond, VA, are informed by the history of the Irish Republican Army and the destruction of things. She discusses climate change, immigration, and mental illness not solely for laughs, and mentions loneliness during the pandemic, far from her family. Deeply in love with her two homes, Higgins has an insightful perspective. She’s the perfect narrator for her audiobook, where her performance background is on display as she puts everything in context.
VERDICT Listeners will be disappointed if they are looking for straight humor; recommended for fans of memoirs.
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