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A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body: (Tales from a Life of Cringe)

3.18 of 5 stars 3.18  ·  rating details  ·  233 ratings  ·  62 reviews
Lauren Weedman (who is Horny Patty in Hung) tells true, hilarious, and embarrassing stories of a girl gone wild. She’s the David Sedaris of heterosexual women. Her self-deprecating, confessional, and terribly funny voice finds a special place in the hearts of those who can relate to her--which, for better or worse, includes all of us. From the uproarious account of her tim ...more
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Published December 1st 2010 by Sasquatch Books (first published September 4th 2007)
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Courtney Payne
Umm. Please read this book. You will laugh out loud, walk away from the book on several occasions because you are so uncomfortable, you will thank God many times that you are not as whack as you thought you might be before you started reading about Lauren's life. Truthfully, she is not really whack. She just knows how to tell a great story---like secretly reading her boyfriend's journal (my favorite chapter), never being able to have a normal conversation with Jon Stewart while working at The Da ...more
Jackie "the Librarian"
Dec 14, 2007 Jackie "the Librarian" rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: abandoned
I wanted to like this book - I liked Weedman on The Daily Show. But this book is just too desperate in its attempts to show how pathetic Lauren truly is - that's funny, right?
And I guess, for me, the constipation/coffee enema chapter was just too intimate, too soon. You need to work up to that kind of personal sharing!
Oct 26, 2007 Ariel rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of david sedaris
Let me tell you people: Lauren is the funny. Like David Sedaris but even more neurotic, like a noodle bowl full of buttery tangled self-awareness, self-deprecation, and self-loathing. Lauren mines the creases of her life for the nasty comedic shmegma that collects between the rolls of adoption, divorce, failures, successes, ambitions, insecurities, cities, culture, family. It’s like watching a snake eat its own tail, slurring as its mouth fills with more and more of itself but winking at the sam ...more
Move over Sarah Silverman, Margaret Cho, Amy Sedaris, Tina Fey, et al--this woman is funnier, and has more heart too. This is classic "comedy of embarrassment," but it's so much more than that.
I know this book is supposed to be funny because the word "humor" is printed on the back cover, right next to the word "memoir." And some parts of it did make me chuckle, sometimes even out loud. But the first two chapters (or stories or essays or whatever they are properly called), are so painful, so pathetic, so not at all funny, that I almost quick reading after only 20 or so pages.

I just hope Lauren Weedman was exaggerating her life in hopes of getting laughs, that things weren't really as b
Holly Lee (Bellas Novella)
You might have seen Lauren Weedman on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart. Blink and you could have missed her though. She successfully freaked everyone in the office out, and was thus booted from her dream job.

Lauren Weedman tells all about this, and much more in her debut novel "A Woman Trapped in a Woman's Body (Tales From a Life of Cringe)". The stories are offbeat and quite funny.

Her preparation for the Emmy's takes her to places no woman should ever go. Coffee enema anyone? She shows up in a t
This book made me laugh out loud several times (ask Emily) and there were several things I just had to share with someone (ask Emily). And even when I wasn't laughing out loud, the moments of 'What in the world is she thinking?' or 'I can't believe she actually said that!' are plentiful. Laura Weedman is just plain funny...and crazy...and adopted. I know, that last one sort of threw you, right? Yeah, that's why I gave it four stars because it just felt like she threw some stuff (albeit pretty fu ...more
Nov 26, 2007 Malbadeen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people that can look past a cover and a title
Shelves: funny, memoir-ish
what i hate about this book is the cover and the title.
what i love about this book is the content.
last week i was camping and my sister asked if i had a book she could read. i handed her this one and she had the same reaction to the title/cover. fortunately, she trusted her older/wiser sister and had a go at it. later that night i kept waking up to her laughing out loud as she read.
On another day I might give this book 5 stars but today I'm grumpy from lack of sleep and so I'm dwelling on the la
Lauren Weedman is beautiful. And funny. It says so right in the blurbs on the cover of her new book, A Woman Trapped in A Woman's Body (Tales From A Life of Cringe). Funny and pretty and beautiful and hilarious. Open up the book and have a read and you'll see how and why more than anything, she's worked hard to be those two things. A memoir that begins with a tale of how she was fired from her job as a correspondent on the wildly popular Daily Show with Jon Stewart, and then works backwards, det ...more
Wow. I am hesitant whenever starting a humorous book, the fear that it won't live up to my expectations is so great and pressing it can tinge the entire reading experience. One chapter in, I still had my guard up. Yes, she's funny, but if she annoys Jon Stewart, well, that's got to be a clue.
HOWEVER... This book was fantastic. Very funny and the stinging sweet bits are not obviously sentimental at all. I read this one WAY too fast, which means for months or possibly years, I will be searching f
I've enjoyed Lauren Weedman's one-woman shows here in Seattle, so it is no suprise that I really enjoyed her book. It is really a loose collection of essays, not really linear in a timeline, but touching upon wildly different subjects (her time in Amsterdam, her post-divorce dating, the searching for her adoptive mother when she was a teen, her short stint on The Daily Show). Her self-effacing humor will make you chuckle and wince, and at times guffaw until you choke (the Emmy coffee-enema story ...more
I ran into this book at an old bookstore in Las Cruses NM. It quickly sparked my interest and I finished it in 3 days. I had never heard of Lauren Weedman before but now Im interested in reading more of her books. She is very funny and keeps you very entertained with all her crazy stories and experiences. I love dry humor and suttle humor and she gives you a lot of both. I only hope she continues to write and publish more books. I highly recommend this book to anyone who wants to try a book with ...more
I thoroughly enjoyed this, but I enjoy any story written by someone so shameless and nonchalant about the embarrassing things some of us women go through. The first half of the book is hysterical - her trip to the Emmy's is by far the best part - the coffee enema before, then her dress that smells like a rotting carcass that she insists everyone take a whiff of...she's a girl after my own heart!
The second half of the book is more real, a little less "laugh out loud" funny, but still an excellent
I bought the book from Lauren at our local PrideFest and she warned me that the first chapters were weak. She was correct. The pieces about her experiences in Amsterdam set this apart from all of the other (yawn) wacky-girl-with-wacky-family essay compilations I've read of late. The cringe aspect is full frontal and so intoxicating. The Daily Show sections only reinforced my appreciation that I don't have cable. Overall, a good read for a summer evening.
Dec 28, 2007 GeekChick rated it 1 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: no one
Shelves: dont-bother
What a disappointment. I bought this book because Weedman was really funny on Daily Show. The book, however, portrays her as completely neurotic. In the bad way. In the way that left me thinking, what a freak. I read the whole thing, hoping there would be some sort of point to the whole thing, but there wasn't. It wasn't even in chronological order, which made it difficult to track.

In short, not even worth the title of "brain candy."
Feb 18, 2008 Maynalg rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: anyone with a light-hearted neurotic tendancy & a sense of humor
Recommended to Maynalg by: Bailey-Coy books
Quite a hoot- I laughed out loud many times! Its a breeze to get through cuz she narrates her neuroses' so comically. Its also great to have around when you're having a bad day, cranky PMS episodes, feeling sorry for yourself, etc. Cuz noone tells it better than her! Her self-deprecating memoirs instantly make you feel like you've got nothing to fret about. Just follow suit and dont take it all soooo seriously!
Jul 08, 2008 Beli_grrl rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: brainy sluts
She's funny in a very dark, over-the-top way. Not for the easily offended. I wished there was a little more meat to the stories, which were very sketchy. I've read other reviews that say she's better live than in print. I bet her live delivery of the anecdotes fleshes them out. This was a good escapist summer read-- funny stories about the sordid sex life of an intelligent D-list celebrity.
Disappointing. I was hoping I could label this book “hilarious” but it doesn’t deserve that label. Lauren Weedman was funny on VH1 whenever I saw her so I assumed that this book would be equally funny – it was not. Weedman comes across as very whiny, needy, & annoying. There were a few funny parts/stories but overall I was under-whelmed with this book.
Lauren Weedman is freaking hilarious and heart-breakingly honest. This book is laugh-out loud funny throughout. I enjoyed all of it, but a particular highlight was the chapters about her time spent in Amsterdam. The feeling she describes of suddenly loving everything you hated about home once you are living in a foreign country is sadly familiar.
Another book club read that was supposed to be funny, but was really depressing. The author's jokes about her own life don't produce laughs, but saddness for her lack of security. I got the exact same feeling from this book as I did when a friend in college joked about both of his parents dying in a car just wasn't funny.
I picked up this book because it chronicles Lauren Weedman's time as a correspondent on The Daily Show, but it was not what I expected at all. I felt sorry for Jon Stewart and everyone else who worked with her there, for having to deal with her strange neuroticisms and inappropriate behaviors. It made me shudder, not laugh.
Sarah Turosak
Sat next to a woman on a plane. She laughed the entire trip. Since I had just helped my sister get situated with hospice, I guess I looked a tad bit down. So as she was deplaning, she handed it to me and said I looked like I could use it. It was the best gift I have ever received.
I picked up this book solely because of the rave reviews from Dan Savage and Jill Soloway on the cover; I later discovered that Lauren Weedman is that annoying, not-so-funny comic on Best Week Ever. Her writing is so, so much better than her stand-up. A great, quick, not too intense read.
A funny book, but the author scares me. She seems like the kind of person you'd edge away from at a party as she gets shriekier and more dramatic and eventully barfs into the spinach dip. Just a matter of taste -- apparently I prefer my humor essayists to be shy and dorky.
Apr 23, 2008 Leslie rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Leslie by: Daniel
I laughed out loud a lot although I've seen her read from this book and it's even funnier to hear her say the words. I also think she reminds me of people I have met who I can't be around for very long - exhausting. Safe in book form though. Highly enjoyable even.
She's supposed to be funny, but I found most of her stories kind of excruciating and/or TMI. She seems ready to laugh at her problems, but her problems are a bit sad! Still, the subtitle is something like "Life on the Cringe," so she knows what she's doing.
Sure, she's funny, but the book is pretty much the equivalent of a magazine article. And just when you think it's just a book about nothing (I.e. Seinfeld), the last chapter is a whole lotta something and it just leaves you hanging ...
Ugh. I couldn't get past the first 20 pages of the book. So annoying. Everyone knows someone who always has to be the center of attention and does/says things which make everyone else cringe. That's how I felt about this author and book.
Nov 15, 2008 Holly rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: No one
A comedian's memoir that is supposed to be a comedy book. For me, however the extreme insecurity and dysfunction she presented as comedy only made me feel sad. I read about a third of the book and decided I'd had enough.
Rachel Dixon
Hysterical and touching. A quick read because it read like a sassy friend recounting stories over 'tinis. I'll probably read it again when I need it. All this coming from a gal who hates "memoir".

Also, great last line.
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