The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Digital Audiobook narrated by Amy Schumer
Published by Gallery Books on August 16, 2016
Genres: Autobiography, Biography, Humor, Memoir
Length: 323 pages or 8 hours, 1 minute
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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 friends - 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.
I am absolutely and unapologetically obsessed with Amy Schumer.
Before reading The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo, I appreciated and respected her. I watch(ed) her show, I loved Trainwrecked, but I found her other movies just okay. What I like about her was that she tells jokes I care about. My husband loves comedians, but I can only take so many penis jokes. Amy tells vagina jokes (and seriously, a lot of other clever jokes… but she’s sorta known for the vagina stuff), and also promotes against gun violence, and has a body that makes me feel like I am actually allowed to exist.
These are all really shallow reasons to like Amy Schumer. The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo gave me more meaningful reasons. So if that big paragraph up there made you sorta feel like “Ack! Why are we talking about genitals?” the rest of this review will be a bit more proper. I won’t type vagina anymore, okay?
Amy Schumer is admirable because she has the courage to be vulnerable. As a reader, one of the things I hate about memoirs is how far away the writer seems. Amy Poehler’s Yes, Please drew me in at the beginning, but quickly scaled to cities and people so far out of my imagination that while I am happy for her, I couldn’t relate and stopped caring. My Life on the Road was incredible and inspirational, but again, something that tugged at my heart because it was far and impossible.
I could definitely sit down at a bar and do trivia night with Amy Schumer. I’m pretty sure we would suck, and start answering all the questions in the most ridiculous way possible, but it would be fun and I could laugh with her, or perhaps even just have one of those awkward conversations one has when you admire someone but think you’re really uninteresting and should go hide under that table over there. Amy Schumer doesn’t preach, she doesn’t brag. She says “these are my stories” and then she tells them.
I loved it.
I loved it not because she bore her soul, but because her soul contained stories that remind that I am not broken. Prominent voices that celebrate when they lose six pounds, who want Viking funerals and admit to doing volunteer summer work to “get the guy” that never even looked their way are rare. Amy Schumer discusses her experience of being a woman, of being a comedian, and of being a human. She hasn’t lived a charmed life, and she candidly discusses a terrifying case of domestic violence. She shows her parents as flawed, but showers them in love. And she has so much love for her siblings. I feel like I see her in an entirely different way.
For a book that breaks the fourth wall a lot and flails and shouts a lot that it is not a memoir because she doesn’t feel old enough to be writing one… she shows us a lot of very personal things. Amy used her platform not to share the story of her success and her plan of how to become rich, but to envelope others and tell them, “THIS IS WHO I AM. And if my stories can help you, I want you to have them.”
It’s actually beautiful, and I am so impressed and inspired.
It was not what I expected from this book. I expected dirty comedy and another “look at me, I’m famous bitches” story. Her choice to use this platform to discuss multiple sclerosis and domestic violence and gun violence and self-love is so commendable. Whatever you think of her comedy and films and writing, this book and the person behind it is amazing.
And I also want to sort of send Amy fancy homemade scones with chocolate now. Not even sure if that’s a thing I can do (also, sending food is always weird to me? Won’t it go bad?) but she’s now on the list of People I Want to Bake Things For.