Bad Vibes Only: (and Other Things I Bring to the Table) (Paperback)
The first thing to know about this book is that Nora’s first husband died of brain cancer. The second thing to know is that she’s very funny about it. Embrace the fact that some of these dark stories will make you laugh, but it’s certainly not all she offers. No sir! Nora actually covers so many topics in this book that it is a little mind blowing. Equally impressive is how she manages to tie them all together thematically. I loved these stories for their cathartic value and their wacky nostalgia factor, but mostly I loved that reading it felt like having a drink with my most unhinged group of friends. In the end, that’s all any of us really want. I also recommend “What I Was Doing While You Were Breeding.”
-Jenna— From Neat November Staff Picks
From the host of the podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking—called “a gift” by The New York Times—a raw and humorous essay collection in the spirit of Jenny Lawson and Samantha Irby.
Nora McInerny does not dance like no one is watching. In fact, she dances like everyone is watching, which is to say, she does not dance at all. A bestselling author and host of the beloved podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, she has captured the hearts of millions with her disarming and earnest approach to discussing grief and loss. Now, with Bad Vibes Only, she turns her eye on our aggressively, oppressively optimistic culture, our obsession with self-improvement, and what it really means to live authentically in the online age.
In essays that revisit her cringey past and anticipate her rapidly approaching, early middle-aged future, McInerny lays bare her own chaos, inviting us to drop the façade of perfection and embrace the truth: that we are all—at best—slightly unhinged. Socrates claimed that the unexamined life is not worth living. Bad Vibes Only is for people who have taken that dictum a bit too far—the overthinkers, the analyzers, the recovering Girl Bosses, and the burned-out personal brand—reminding us that a life worth living is about more than just “good vibes.”
About the Author
Nora McInerny was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1997. Since then, she’s written the bestselling memoirs It’s Okay to Laugh (Crying Is Cool Too) and No Happy Endings, as well as The Hot Young Widows Club and Bad Moms. She hosts the award-winning podcast Terrible, Thanks for Asking, has spoken on TED’s mainstage, and has contributed to publications like The New York Times, Time, Slate, and Vox. She is very tall.
"The way Nora's words can actually make you cry with laughter is a gift."—Samantha Irby, New York Times bestselling author