The highly anticipated first book from award-winning comedian, writer, producer and actress, Amy Schumer.
In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy shares stories about her family, her relationships, her career, good – and bad – sex, recounting the experiences that have shaped who she is today: from the riches to rags story of her childhood to her teenage quest for popularity (and boys) to becoming one of the most sought-after comedians on the planet and an outspoken advocate for women’s rights.
Whether she’s experiencing lust at first sight in the queue at the airport, discovering her boot camp instructor’s secret bad habit, or candidly discussing her father’s multiple sclerosis, Amy Schumer proves to be a fearless, original, and always entertaining storyteller. Her book will move you, make you laugh, catch you completely off guard, and answer this burning question: is it okay for a 35 year-old woman to still sleep with her childhood teddy bears?
‘This is the most I‘ve ever laughed out loud at a book.’ – J.K. Rowling‘
Amy Schumer’s deadpan honesty shines through in these hilarious, moving vignettes about life, love and her early years.’ – The Observer
‘Schumer doesn’t hold back – and though she insists “this book has NO SELF-HELP OR ADVICE FOR YOU”, it has something even better: hard won wisdom’ – Radio Times
‘This book is what a selection of personal essays and letters should be, witty, sometimes casual, sometimes achingly sad but always entertaining.’ – Funny Women
‘Women (actually, men too) of the world, you need to read this book.’ – InStyle
‘She’s a concert pianist of comedy: keeping a steady rhythm of jokes with her left hand, adding deeply political, immensely feminist flourishes with her right.’ – The Pool
‘This book is soulful, hilarious and deeply necessary.’ – Lena Dunham
‘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
‘A hilarious and deeply emotional book’ – Cosmopolitan
‘Schumer is a talented storyteller. She’s known for standing in a spotlight and sharing every corner of her soul with thousands of strangers. So it’s no surprise that her book is packed with hilarious, honest and often vulnerably raw details of her life… Readers will laugh and cry, and may put the book down from moments of honesty that result in uncomfortable realistic details from her life.’ – Washington Post
‘Schumer weaves a brave, vulnerable tale without falling into the usual celebrity traps of neediness and defense… It's spit-out-your-Starbucks-in-public funny. – Chicago Tribune
‘Empowered, honest, and just as raunchy as you'd expect from the no-holds-barred comedian.’ – Esquire
‘Amy Schumer is funny, but she's also brave.’ – Huffington Post
‘Fairly explicit and frankly hilarious’ – Mashable
In her first book, the Emmy Award-winning comedian offers an entertaining and eclectic collection of 30-plus essays, including "An Open Letter to My Vagina" and "Forgiving My Lower Back Tattoo." Her prose, like her popular comedy act, is plucky, forthright, hilariously raunchy and honest. Though she claims the book is not an autobiography (at the age of 35, Schumer asserts, it's too early to share her life story), readers will learn of her childhood on Long Island, born into "New Money" (her father ran an exclusive baby furniture shop). By the time she's 10, however, challenging times have fallen on the family: the business is lost, her parents eventually divorce, and her beloved alcoholic father is diagnosed with MS. Schumer works various jobs (waitressing, pedicab driver, etc.) but ultimately is true to her passion for inspiring laughter. The book's centerpiece is a comparatively longer essay on her career, revealing the hard work of touring and the dedication, heartaches, missteps, and triumphs on the path to stand-up success. Along with off-the-wall one-liners, anecdotes, and confessions, Schumer shares some solemn experiences, such as bodysurfing with her disabled dad for the last time, and her involvement in an abusive relationship with a boyfriend ("When you're in love with a man who hurts you, it's a special kind of hell, yet one that so many women have experienced"). Amid ill-fated dates, alcohol-induced blackouts, and late-night eating binges, Schumer, in these candid, well-crafted essays, wears her mistakes "like badges of honor."
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Honest and funny, you would expect nothing less. An autobiography that not only gives your context to where Amy Schumer has come from but how hard she has worked to get to today. A marvellous read.
Very honest, funny and inspiring.
Thanks for helping me realise my inner introvert! An honest and hilarious look at life in your thirty somethings. A true gem.