The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer

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Is it a little heavy on reflections about her former crushes, relationships and men? Definitely. Could it have gone further on certain political issues? Probably. But should it have to? Maybe not. What she gives to her readers, however, are frank and funny personal recollections...
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#1 New York Times Bestseller

"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

"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

"This is your happy hour with Amy Schumer...It's Bossypants meets Trainwreck meets your long weekend." —TheSkimm

“Amy’s got your back. She’s in your corner. She’s an honesty bomb. And she’s coming for you.”
—Actress Tilda Swinton and Trainwreck co-star

The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is—a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend—an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably—but only because it’s over.
 

About Amy Schumer

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Amy Schumer has proven herself one of the entertainment industry’s leading forces as a standup 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 a Hollywood Film Award for “Comedy of the Year.” As a stand-up comedian, she continues to tour to sold out shows around the world.
 
Published August 16, 2016 by Gallery Books. 336 pages
Genres: Biographies & Memoirs, Humor & Entertainment, Literature & Fiction, Education & Reference, Self Help, Arts & Photography, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction
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Kirkus

Good
on Aug 26 2016

Though the narrative sometimes lacks the literary appeal that distinguishes books from live comedy—and some readers might want to put it down and watch her show instead—it’s consistently funny and highly readable...A hilarious and effective memoir from a woman with zero inhibitions.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Sep 25 2016

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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Book Reporter

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Reviewed by Bronwyn Miller on Aug 26 2016

...Schumer’s book sets itself apart with its brutal honesty and no-nonsense approach to comedy, showing an unexpected side to this hilariously funny performer.

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AV Club

Good
Reviewed by Caitlin PenzeyMoog on Aug 23 2016

The material is thick with jokes, landing effortlessly from someone you can easily imagine as your good vulgar friend, filling you in on the mundane and the sordid details of her life.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by MADELINE RAYNOR on Aug 18 2016

Through her revelations, fans who know Schumer from Trainwreck or Inside Amy Schumer come out with a truer understanding of who Schumer really is.

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Entertainment Weekly

Good
Reviewed by ISABELLA BIEDENHARN on Aug 16 2016

She didn’t try to write Bossypants 2 or Not That Kind of Girl, Either but something entirely her own, and entirely—for her as much as for us—necessary.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

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Reviewed by Will Ashton on Oct 02 2016

“The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo” is an independent, brave, moving and highly respectable literary debut, one that promises an enticing future for the rising comedy superstar.

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Arts Fuse

Below average
Reviewed by Joe Daley on Sep 16 2016

There are no typos or glaring grammatical flubs, but it is the furthest thing from tight writing I’ve seen in a while.

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Broad Street Review

Below average
Reviewed by Stephen Silver on Aug 23 2016

...uses the fantastic device of Schumer sharing old diary entries and giving them present-day footnotes. The book is less successful when Schumer delves into the virtues and pitfalls of fame.

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Vogue

Good
Reviewed by JULIA FELSENTHAL on Aug 17 2016

Human is a good word for The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. 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.

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Columbia Daily Tribune

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Reviewed by LINCEE RAY on Aug 21 2016

Readers will laugh and cry, and might put the book down from moments of honesty that draw from uncomfortable realistic details from her life. More importantly, the essays challenge readers to harness their own stories and rest in the fact that they’re good enough.

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National Post arts

Above average
Reviewed by Anna Reyes on Aug 30 2016

Is it a little heavy on reflections about her former crushes, relationships and men? Definitely. Could it have gone further on certain political issues? Probably. But should it have to? Maybe not. What she gives to her readers, however, are frank and funny personal recollections...

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Guardian

Below average
Reviewed by Hadley Freeman on Sep 09 2016

...is often funny. But this book proves the theory that the larger a book’s advance, the less editing it gets. I went to see Schumer’s live tour while reading this book and, although she relates many of the same stories on stage, the contrast between the two experiences underlined the reductive nature of the femoir.

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Guardian

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Reviewed by Hannah Jane Parkinson on Sep 06 2016

It’s inspiring, in the way that watching a great football game on TV can make you want to sign up for a team. Go seems to be the message of this book. Play, run, try. That’s all you need to have won.

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