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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


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“Gina Barreca is very, very funny. For a woman.” ―Dave Barry on It's Not That I'm Bitter

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About the Author

GINA BARRECA is nationally syndicated columnist with Tribune News Service. She's the author of It's Not That I'm Bitter, Babes in Boyland, They Used to Call Me Snow White but I Drifted and co-author of I'm With Stupid: One Man, One Woman, and 10,000 Years of Misunderstandings Between The Sexes Cleared Right Up with Pulitzer Prize winner Gene Weingarten. She's a professor of English at UConn, and a member of the Friars' Club. She grew up in Brooklyn, NY but now lives in Storrs, CT. Go figure.
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 272 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (March 29, 2016)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1250060745
  • ISBN-13: 978-1250060747
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (49 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #44,539 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This book is so great I do not even know where to begin. I have never read any of Ms. Barreca's books before and I will be the first one to admit that I picked this one out because of the book cover (shame on me!). I mean who in their right mind would not pick up a book that is called: "If you Lean In, will men just look down your blouse?". There are so many successful women in the corporate world that say and write silly things about women in the workforce; reference to Sandberg's best selling book "Lean In" is no exception. There are so many others that fall into same category (Marissa Meyer is the next one that comes to mind). I am so glad to see that there is a writer like Gina Barreca -- smart and gutsy, so unafraid to take them on and attack them for all the nonsense they are trying to push to the everyday working woman.

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.
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Gina Barreca is funny and thoughtful. She's been writing funny and astute stuff about women's lives for years now, and recently has had a personal column. This book collects a large pile of those short columns. Some are funny, some are pointed, a few are poignant/personal, and nearly all are insightful.

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.
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Gina Barreca's collection of short, sassy essays gives us something to laugh about and something to think about. That's my favorite combination. This book can be read in one sitting or in small bites, an essay at a time. Barraca tells it like it is for the modern woman, from spanx to the corporate world. She allows us to laugh at our human foibles while also touching on the deeper issues that effect us. I could see reading an essay at the start of book club meetings as an icebreaker.
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Gina Barreca takes a humorous, honest and poignant look at being a woman through approximately 75 essays. You'll laugh, maybe cry and experience situations that every woman goes through just by being a female.

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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Gina Barreca's book is the real deal -- the book by, for and about women for which we've all been waiting! Perhaps because it offers, through the author's distinctive voice, the way in which women, that is, many different women, see the WORLD. This shouldn't be so rare, but it is, and Barreca has finally burst through the glass ceiling that has has for too long forced women to believe they can only see (and write about) themselves. And although it certainly has a great deal to say about the female experience, and specifically about Barreca's fascinating journey: from an Italian girl in Brooklyn, to attending a male dominated Ivy League College, to becoming a literature professor, author and international speaker, it is not only about the experience of one phenomenal woman. Specifically, it is not yet another irritating book that tells you, "be like me" and all will be well -- instead, Barreca's story offers a window on all the REAL challenges we face in getting ahead and being happy about how far we get. Whether it's family, or work, or love, or children, she shines a sharply focused light on what's really going on and what we can do about it. Also what we cannot do about it, and how to deal with that, which is refreshing. Notice she says "questions and thoughts" in the sub-title -- not "answers." This book doesn't offer advice, it illuminates. Her language is sharp, perceptive and funny as hell. I laughed out loud so many times and yet -- full disclosure: I'm one of the loud women this book is for -- reading it certainly made me FEEL smart, or smarter by the time I was done. I learned a great deal about life, literature and popular culture and, dare I say it, myself!Read more ›
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