Caitlin Gallagher
July 31, 2017 3:09 pm
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Whether you’ve already burned through your summer reading list or haven’t been feeling inspired to pick up a book while you’re lounging on the beach, Brie Larson has a book recommendation for you that you’ll actually want to read. The Academy Award-winning actress posted on Instagram that she just read We Are Never Meeting in Real Life., a book of essays by Samantha Irby. While you can read Irby’s writing for free on her blog — entitled “bitches gotta eat” — Larson’s endorsement combined with what everyone else has said about We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. will make you want to get this book STAT.

Larson, who will next appear in The Glass Castle, is no stranger to giving literary suggestions, since the actress has proven to be a pretty avid reader. And here’s what Larson had to say about this book of essays:

If Larson’s recommendation isn’t enough for you (although it totally is for us), other people have sung the praises of “We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.” It was chosen as “16 of the Best Books to Read This Month” by the editors of Oprah.com. And the executive editor of The A.V. Club, Laura M. Browning, wrote that We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. “is a nearly perfect collection of essays.”

Irby will certainly speak to you if you’re a fan of reality TV since, as Elle wrote in a profile of the author, the first essay is her amusing take on an application for The Bachelorette.

Plus, Irby explained to Elle that the photo on the cover of the book — an angry-looking kitten — is what she would look like if she were a cat, “Wet and gross and kind of sweaty looking, and also hissing.”

We’re sold.

However, her humor is mixed with tough issues — like her health struggles and growing up poor — which explains Larson writing that it is both “hilarious” and “devastating.”

As summer is winding down, and considering that Irby’s writing will be coming to FX through a new TV series, you’ll want to get acquainted with this author — and you can thank Larson for it later.

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