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Fans of Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman will find humor along with serious insights about women and aging in Barreca's latest challenge to women to stop obsessing over hymens, husbands, and hangnails and once again direct our attention outward to the larger issues of... the creation of genuinely significant opportunities for women in all workplaces. But Barreca (Perfect Husbands & Other Fairy Tales) is more about laughs than lecturing, as she addresses the mysteries of finding the perfect bra, the indignities of bathing suit shopping at TJ Maxx, her relationship with her hair and the Fifty-two Things I Learned by Fifty-one. Along the way, she points out what she considers to be the insipid concerns of holiday preparations or what exactly women may consider to be a waste of time (Why, oh why, didn't I organize my closet according to color and texture of garment?). Between the snappy observations, Barreca takes an opportunity to liken the progression of contemporary feminist thought to a car accident—it's not so much that we're in a backlash as we're in a whiplash. (May)
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While some may debate whether Barreca’s collection of short essays are painfully funny or humorously painful, many will agree these eminently readable pieces will have people laughing out loud, then sighing thoughtfully. Her observations as a 50-ish woman focus on life’s sexual inequities: “If women had tufts growing from our noses and ears, men would bring exorcists to the house. . . . Professionals to drive the evil spirits from our bodies.” And on the subject of age: “Once we hit forty, women have only about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate.” Using the first-person plural, she chronicles all-too-common collective foolishness: “Almost no woman would treat any of her acquaintances as poorly as she treats herself.” 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. --Whitney Scott
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 240 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press; First Edition edition (May 12, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312547269
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312547264
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1.1 x 8.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,099,890 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gina's new book is incredibly funny--really stupendous summer reading!! I have too many favorite parts to list, but I'm particularly tickled by the GWDLTWWs (the Guys We Don't Like to Work With) and the chapter called "If You Don't Pay Your Exorcist, Do You Get Repossessed?" Your fellow sunbathers might look at you strangely on the beach because you're doing that snorty laugh you have no control over, but isn't it worth it? I mean really.
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I love Barreca because her wit is hysterical, never caustic. It's everything you want out of observational humor without it becoming this myopic, "me, me, me" story - Eat, Pray, Love and Jen Lancaster, I'm looking in YOUR direction as I write this. Barreca shows that you can show male/female foibles in a funny, relatable, human way without isolating anyone, whether we can relate to chin hair, divorce, a wacky internal thermometer or not. I love this author and will recommend it every woman AND man I know!
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This book, my new favorite, is a breezy, lighthearted, laugh-out-loud read that had me texting my BFF by Chapter 19 urging her to get it immediately! It's smart, funny, charming, and profoundly witty! A must read for any woman over 40. By Chapter 8, I began to wonder if Ms. Barreca had somehow gotten ahold of my diary! (Second Wives, UNITE!)
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Confession time: I am a man. I have worked with nurses for over thirty years, been married twice for a total of over 25 year and I have two daughters. Honestly, I know about as much about women now, as I did then except for..."yes, Dear." Being a woman is clearly far more complicated than any man could handle; emotionally or mentally. No, I do not mean intellectually, I mean mentally, as in going "mental." Ok, I will likely pay for that, but I already spend most of my time in the "dog house" anyway. There you go, typical male, I made this about me, instead if telling you that I enjoyed peeking behind the vail of secrecy. Humorous book--also she is from my school...GO Huskies.
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I waited a long time to get this book. I saw Ms. Barreca interviewed on a talk show and love her sense of humor. The book is full of lovely and humorous reflections of the experiences and thoughts of many women "of a certain age"/ A treasure!
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NOT THAT I'M BITTER is laugh-out-loud funny and will make you feel less alone in the world. Barreca admits those things I thought were my personal quirks and grievances, and I put the book down feeling that they are now sources of triumphant solidarity rather than embarrassing little peccadillos. "I, too, agonize over errant chin hairs and have tweezers in my car's cupholders!" "I, too, respond to compliments with detailed explanations about why the compliments are undeserved!" "I, too, have experienced the sly manipulations of Guys We Don't Like To Work With (GWDLTWW) who tell me I'm angry when I simply disagree!" What a relief!
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This book is hysterical! I laughed so hard my stomach ached, and I had tears running down my face. I could barely breathe. Everytime I would get control of myself and try to read another line, I would crack up again.

I have recommended this book to my friends who have book clubs, and all the females in my family who are 40-something and beyond. It's great to be able to put things into perspective and laugh at ourselves.

This would be a great book to put on CD!
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She's done it again. I was honored to see her speak in Hartford recently; she's a blend of Chris Rock and Joan Rivers, with remarkable quickness and improv. She's going to be around for a long time, and this book is an example, raising the bar on gender issues and humorous musings. Great book!
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