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She Memes Well

A collection of humorous essays by viral stand up comedian Quinta Brunson.

Quinta Brunson

Quinta Brunson is a master at breaking the internet. Before having any traditional background in media, her humorous videos were the first to go viral on Instagram's platform. From there, Brunson's wryly observant POV helped cement her status in the comedy world at large, with roles on HBO, Netflix, ABC, Adult Swim, BuzzFeed, the CW, and Comedy Central. Now, Brunson is bringing her comedic chops to the page in She Memes Well, an earnest, laugh-out-loud collection about this unusual road to notoriety.

In her debut essay collection, Quinta applies her trademark humour and heart to discuss what it was like to go from a girl who loved the World Wide Web to a girl whose face launched a thousand memes. With anecdotes that range from the ridiculous-like the time she decided to go clubbing wearing an outfit she describes as "Gary Coleman meets metrosexual pirate" — to more heartfelt material about her struggles with depression, Quinta's voice is entirely authentic and eminently readable. With its intimate tone and hilarious moments, She Memes Well will make you feel as if you're sitting down with your chillest, funniest friend. (From Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)

Quinta Brunson is an actor and stand up comedian now based in Los Angeles. She's one of the stars of A Black Lady Sketch Show and has been named one of Forbes's 30 Under 30.

From the book

I've always liked making people laugh. I think it was because comedy was the thing that connected me to my four much older siblings. That's right: my parents were active. Together, they produced Kalid, Njia, Kiyana, Kwei, and me, the appropriately named Quinta (which means "fifth" in Spanish). 

Being the youngest and smallest of the Brunsen crew, I learned the importance of attention and how to get it quickly early on in life. Perhaps that's why I fell in love with the internet the first time I laid eyes on it. Here was a place with endless opportunities to not only grab attention, but grab it on a global level. What's not to love? Turns out, oh so much, but we'll get to that and more (including but not limited to my thoughts onPhilly, models, boys, protests, Apple, and Black education). Welcome to my head, reader.


From She Memes Well by Quinta Brunson ©2021. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt.

 

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