Nora McInerny



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. As a bestselling author and host of the beloved podcast "Terrible, Thanks for Asking", she has captured the hearts of millions by discussing grief and loss with wit and warmth. 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 our lives online.

In a series of essays that span her childhood to present, Nora introduces us to her mind and her world while inviting us to more closely observe our own. We meet the people that challenge, question, and make Nora reflect on her own life, habits, and personality: her children, and their homework meltdowns, job searches, and online personalities; her college friend Kathleen, who now lives as a cloistered nun; and her uncle, a philosopher who has never used the internet (gasp!).

"Bad Vibes Only" is not only a response to a society that tells us to live, laugh, love-it's a reminder that in a world where we are more connected to and observed by our peers than ever before, we still deserve the freedom to be ourselves.


Nora McInerny is the best-selling author of the memoirs "It's Okay To Laugh, (Crying Is Cool Too)" and "No Happy Endings", as well as "The Hot Young Widows Club". She hosts the award-winning podcast "Terrible, Thanks for Asking", and founded the non-profit Still Kickin, which provides financial relief to people in crisis. She has contributed to publications like "Time", "Slate" and "Vox", where she's often tapped for her essays highlighting the emotional landscape and humor in complex topics, like the financial impacts of healthcare and grief in a digital age. Her TED talk, "We don't move on from grief, we move forward with it," was the #4 TED talk of 2019. Nora is a master storyteller known for her dedication to bringing heart and levity to the difficult and uncomfortable conversations most of us try to avoid, and also for being very tall. She was voted Most Humorous by the Annunciation Catholic School Class of 1997.