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"If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?": Questions and Thoughts for Loud, Smart Women in Turbulent Times Hardcover – March 29, 2016
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Praise for "If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?":
"Gina Barreca's essays are like dispatches from a dear friend: Wonderful, witty, heartfelt and wise - with many memorable zingers and tear inducing stingers. Her gift is one of connection and her work is relatable and true. Share this book with your sisters and your BFF (Brainy Friends and Feminists) book group." - Amy Dickinson, author of the nationally syndicated column "Ask Amy"
"If you ever find that your best gal pal isn't available, you need look no further than Barreca's book. It contains everything a good friend would provide: honesty, insight, female camaraderie, and a lot of laughs." - Rachel Dratch
Praise for It's Not That I'm Bitter...:
“Gina Barreca is very, very funny. For a woman.” ―Dave Barry on It's Not That I'm Bitter
“From spotting chin hairs in a rear-view mirror to finding a bra that never fits, the book is 120-mph humor!” ―Cindy Adams, The New York Post on It's Not That I'm Bitter
“Many readers, especially women, will enjoy, discuss, and reread this quick, breezy work of commentary, a book that stirs up dust long after its covers are closed.” ―Booklist on It's Not That I'm Bitter
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But this book is so much more that just that. I started reading the book during my regular daily train commute to work. As I was reading hilariously funny story "The Cheap Motel Backside of Facebook", I was giggling so much that passengers sitting next to me became concerned and quietly moved to other free seats on the train as soon as they became available. I was so inappropriately happy while reading the story, that I did not even realize that one of the passengers on the train in front of us was ill and we were on standby waiting for ambulance to pick up the poor soul and take him/her to the nearest hospital, while I was having a ball reading the funniest short stories I happen to come across in years. That is the power of Ms. Barreca's storytelling - it will completely transform you to HER world of reality and you will be completely oblivious of your won.Read more ›
The writing is breezy, and there are a few real gems among the merely very good essays. Her Sheryl Sandberg response stands out, for one. The only problem is that she has a few too many articles that are lists of numbered items, which in the Internet era of listicles doesn't look as good as it once did.
The only problem is the same one that plagues most collections of columns: they share an approach and point-of-view and so can blur together. Don't read too many at one sitting. Still, they give a good deal of pleasure and will definitely brighten your days if you spread them out.
One of the aspects of the book that I enjoyed was the way it was put together in sections. You can easily pick it up and read a chapter/section and then put it down. I like books like this because it gives me a chance to reflect on what I've read before going on with the next chapter or section. My favorite section was #3-Amateur Traumatics. Everything from "Never Talk Politics with Your Family" to "Snappy Answers to Stupid Questions" was covered and oh how I could relate to so many of the essays!
Great book to pick up for both men and women. Women can relate and men hopefully can learn something!
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This is one of those perfect books to take with you on your summer vacation. Gina will have you giggling out loud from behind your sunglasses and over-sized hat in between cat... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Gianetta Palmer
34% in on this book and I am bored to tears. Won't finish it. There are a couple of brief chuckles but for the most part I'm missing the humor. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Deb
I bought if for the title - I figured it had to be funny. And it was. I wish I had read Gina Barreca before but I had never heard of her. My mistake. Read morePublished 10 days ago by sjha
"If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?" is a wonderfully witty collection of short essays that explores what it means to be a woman in personal and... Read morePublished 17 days ago by Kristina
Lively, thought provoking and laugh out loud funny. Gina is a master of observation and calls it out clearly without barriers.Published 28 days ago by Jodi A.
Thoroughly enjoyable, from laughs over the premise of Spanx (If you put Jell-O in a Thermos, it will forget it's Jell-O) to thoughtful rants questioning why some of us are thrilled... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Jessica Ziegler
Funniest Book I've read in a long time - Very thought provoking. Gina Barreca addresses serious subjects with the perfect amount of humor -Published 1 month ago by Rita Shiell
My favorite quote from Gina Barreca's new book, "If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? Read morePublished 1 month ago by Pat Levesque (Patricia Braddock Levesque)