Maeve in America by Maeve Higgins
What’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 immigrant experience in a different way.
Should I read it?
This is an engaging and humorous book. My only complaint- the essays were uneven. Some much more interesting and entertaining than others. On occasion I felt like Ms. Higgins was lecturing and those essays were not my favorite. I particularly enjoyed Maeve swimming with the dolphins, renting a ball gown, and her essay on summer and body image. Definitely worth reading- but inconsistent.
“I felt totally fine about renting a dress, although I promised myself I wouldn’t tell anyone I had done so. I resolved to just say thank you if anybody complimented me, as opposed to explain in in too much detail just why they were wrong to do so. In the past I’ve ruined many a generous utterance by breaking it down and explaining where the lie is.”
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3 to 4- I found some aspect of this book redeeming but would not recommend it.
5 to 6- I really enjoyed something about this book (characters, plot, meaning etc.) but it was uneven. Some aspects were stronger than others.
7 to 8- It was a good book. I liked lots of aspects of this book. I would recommend it.
9 to 10- I was sorry to turn the last page. I highly recommend this book!