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There's one joke that Soloway, writer and co-executive producer of Six Feet Under, keeps coming back to, about a little girl who tells her mom a boy has paid her to climb a telephone pole. Her mom keeps telling her he just wants to see her panties... so the girl says she's "fooled" him, by taking them off. It's an apt metaphor for Soloway's view of women's situation today, which, she says, is ruled by the "Porno-ization of America," with younger women wanting breast implants and white boys thinking pimps are the height of cool. Soloway's rants are right-on and entertaining, too, probably because she includes herself among the occasionally deluded. She recounts her own 1970s upbringing as a liberated child who thought she might become president, only by seventh grade she'd "forgotten what Bella Abzug looked like" and gotten her "Ophelia card stamped." Fortunately, she recovered to become a delightfully sex-positive "Jewess" ("a word invented by others to conjure someone bossy... that I have reappropriated as prideful") who can joke about her cute "Jewish bush," her fun lesbian sister and her own unaccountable attraction to "Toolbelts" (hunky construction worker kind of guys). Soloway's book is an amusing work of feminist humor.
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"In Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants, Soloway courageously dives right into her past -- armed with a dangerous intellect, a prickly sense of outrage, and a scathing wit -- and comes to the surface with a riotously good read...I can't help considering a woman who's this honest and this funny as nothing short of revolutionary."
"Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants will remind you of those rambling, all-night-long, nothing's sacred talkfests that can happen with a good friend."
"Sisterly, smart, funny, and vulgar, Soloway's debut deserves a space on the shelf beside David Sedaris and Augusten Burroughs."
-- Entertainment Weekly
"FINALLY, a woman has written a hilarious manifesto for the post-feminist generation.... Soloway's wickedly entertaining prose and willingness to bare the most amusing, intimate moments of her life reveal the contradictory challenges of being a smart, sexy woman who wants to have it all."
-- New York Post
Great read that captures early writing and the creative spark behind the brilliant "transparent." Binge watch transparent the treat yourself to this!Published 18 days ago by Book fan
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I cry laughed. Ya know what I mean? Like I was sitting on the stairs waiting for my baby to wake up and I was trying to hold in the giggles and the pee and it had to come out... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mayalala
Being from Chicago like the author...I was a little partial to the book;) This was recommended by a friend on FB. She said it was a tad older, but worth the read. Read morePublished 13 months ago by Grimmski
I have read and re-read this book countless times and bought it for several friends. It's hilarious and so well-written that return trips, even nearly 10 years later are still... Read morePublished 17 months ago by Monica B
"Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants: Based on A True Story" is a hysterical (the funny kind of hysterical!) feminist book, that gives expression to the formidable opinions and formative... Read morePublished 20 months ago by Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants
I love this insightful sexual feminist and want more comedic TV from her ;) get 'em girl!!!! LOVE THIS BOOKPublished 23 months ago by William
While I wouldn't take her advice about not using a toilet seat cover in public restrooms, I adored this book. I am buying two more, one for my sister and one for a coworker. Read morePublished on August 6, 2013 by S. Agrillo