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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo Hardcover – August 16, 2016
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"Amy Schumer's book will make you love her even more. For a comedian of unbridled (and generally hilarious) causticity, Schumer has written a probing, confessional, unguarded, and, yes, majorly humanizing non-memoir, a book that trades less on sarcasm, and more on emotional resonance." (Vogue)
"[An] excellent new essay collection... [The book] is, contrary to the postmodern parfait that is Schumer’s standard act, decidedly un-layered. It is Schumer, the celebrity, shedding Schumer, the schtick. It is a memoir that is also an unapologetic paean to self-love. In that, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo finds a new way for Schumer to be radical: It treats feminine self-confidence not in the way it is too often regarded, as a BrainyQuotable truism or an inborn gift or a fuzzy aspiration or, indeed, a source of shame, but rather as a skill like any other—something that is developed and worked at and thus, most importantly, earned... Schumer’s stories are really, particularly good." (The Atlantic)
"The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is an alternatingly meditative, sexually explicit, side-splittingly hilarious, heart-wrenching, disturbing, passionately political and always staggeringly authentic ride through the highs and lows of the comedic powerhouse's life to date." (Harper's Bazaar)
"Beyond the many powerful and empowering takeaways of The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo—from loving the hustle to self-love—perhaps the must overlooked is that of a woman's right to not only make mistakes, but to make art out of them." (Salon.com)
"If you find yourself feeling guilty for laughing at her pain, just keep in mind she's probably laughing with you, unapologetically, in true Amy Schumer fashion." (Vulture)
"This is your happy hour with Amy Schumer. You'll get everything from tips on how to be a standup comedian, to the story of her one one-night stand. It's "Bossypants" meets "Trainwreck" meets your long weekend." (TheSkimm)
"A poignant yet shockingly amusing book." (Lena Dunham Lenny)
"[Schumer is] a concert pianist of comedy: keeping a steady rhythm of jokes with her left hand, adding deeply political, immensely feminist flourishes with her right... [She] knows what people want her for: she knows they like her jokes, and her delivery, and her vulnerability. But she also knows what she wants them for: to read, to listen, and to understand the world as she sees it. And she might end up changing it a little before she's done." (The Pool (UK))
"Schumer chronicles her life with digestible stories that impart powerful messages through a kind of logic of the opposite: she makes mistakes so that we can learn from them." (RollingStone.com)
"Surprisingly moving and unsurprisingly hilarious." (Esquire)
About the Author
Amy Schumer has become one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry as a stand-up comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director. Her smash hit television series Inside Amy Schumer, has won a Peabody award, a Critics Choice Television Award, and two primetime Emmy awards. She wrote and starred in her first feature-length film, Trainwreck, which dominated the 2015 summer comedy international box office and was nominated for two Golden Globes and won both the Critics Choice award for Best Actress in a Comedy, and a Hollywood Film Award for “Comedy of the Year.” As a stand-up comedian, she continues to perform to sold-out audiences around the world. Her 2016 tour was voted Pollstar’s Comedy Tour of the Year. Schumer was raised in New York City and Long Island and loves her brother and sister the very most.
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The author manages to describe her mishaps in a light-hearted, yet thoughtful way. It's not easy to admit you are not perfect and that you are not desirable and friendly round the clock. On the other hand, she describes her success with same ownership as her failures and I think this is true empowerment; but this in mainly owed to years of hard work and sacrifice.
This is a lovely read, you discover an imperfect woman who still manages to be resilient and inspiring. I think her being bully of the bullies description is the most endearing take-away from this book.
5/5 the type of book I would recommend to close friends.
*You may be discouraged to read this book, based on some of the hate that the author is receiving right now. Please bear in mind that:
-> The hate is based on some of the political stances the author has adopted in the past year; However, when you read the book you will find solid arguments and you will find the extensive research she has done before adopting a position;
-> The joke copying argument is laughable after reading the book. This is because in 300 pages you will recognize the exact same style of making jokes she has in her stand-up. Some stories may lead to similar punchlines but her jokes are her own as is her style.