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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

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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.

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Hardcover, 323 pages
Published August 16th 2016 by Gallery Books
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Trin
Aug 15, 2016 rated it liked it
I liked this book more than Amy Poehler's or Issa Rae's or Ellen DeGeneres' or Sloane Crosley's or Laurie Notaro's. I liked it less than Mindy Kaling's or Caitlin Moran's or Lindy West's or Roxane Gay's or Jessi Klein's or Melissa Broder's or Tina Fey's. But more than anything else I am grateful that there are so many interesting, troubled, funny, wise, extraordinary female voices that I can read and relate to and be horrified and inspired by.
Arthur Graham
May 25, 2016 marked it as to-read
How to write a successful book:

1. Nude photo of self on cover
2. Clever title parody
3. Put words inside
Elyse
Oct 26, 2016 rated it it was ok
I am not impressed.
Amy was very inconsistent. She asked readers not to judge her - but she judged others. So... I AM going to judge her. It's not that I don't feel some amount of heart compassion for this young woman-- but she doesn't make me feel proud.

She said she wasn't going to give advice - but she did give advice.....'several times'.
Even when I agreed with a couple of her advice tips - her delivery was righteous-aloof and cold.

Most of the time I was bored. Did I really need to listen to
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Miranda Reads
Nov 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Brilliant title, brilliant writing

I've never seen Amy Schumer's comedy, aside from a couple of clips. From what I can tell, I would instantly dislike her. I don't get her humor - there's too much genitalia and crass jokes.

Yet.
Her Book.
Surprised me.
I know my worth. I embrace my power. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story. I will.
I am convinced that we would not only get along but become long-time friends.

I was riveted by the peek into her childhood.
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April (Aprilius Maximus)
Jul 14, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016, dnf
I really don't know why I bought this. I don't even watch Amy Schumer's stuff, but for some reason, I thought this would be hilarious. But to be honest I was just bored. I didn't end up finishing it. I got about halfway through when I said to myself, 'you could be reading something else right now' and that was that.
Kelly (and the Book Boar)
Find all of my reviews at: http://52bookminimum.blogspot.com/

I’m going to begin this review by addressing the pink elephant in the room. In what could only be an effort to prove that the lowest lifeform on the planet is, in fact, the Subredditor, a smear campaign has been created in order to give Schumer’s book the lowest Amazon rating possible. Way to stay classy people who live in your mama’s basements (credit to the Huff Post for the basement dweller line). Now here’s what I think y’all shoul
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Larry H
Sep 21, 2016 rated it really liked it
I'm about a 3.75 here, so I rounded up because she makes me laugh.

Because I spend more time reading and going to the movies than watching television, I'll admit I was a little bit late to the party where Amy Schumer was concerned. I know I heard her name, but wasn't familiar with her comedy until I saw an article on Facebook referencing an appearance she made on Ellen DeGeneres' show, where she made Ellen laugh out loud more than a few times. (Needless to say, I did, too.)

Once I found her, I bec
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Esil
Oct 14, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: audiobook
I would probably give this less than 4 stars if I hadn’t listened to the audio, but listening to Amy Schumer tell her story in her own voice adds a lot of dimension to The Girl With The Lower Back Tattoo. I didn’t really know much about Schumer before I started listening to this book -- I’m definitely more of a reader than a tv or movie watcher. But I had read enough positive reviews of her book to make me curious. This “sort of” memoir is in step with a growing body of books by comedians writin ...more
Char
Who the hell is Amy Schumer? I have no idea. Since I picked up this book I've learned she's a comedian, she has her own show, an HBO special, and she starred in and wrote the movie Trainwreck. So why did I listen to this book? Because I read in Huff Post that some internet trolls were trying to tank the book's ratings and that just made me feel rebellious, so here I am.

Now, I LOVE this girl. She's strong, she works hard, (really, really hard), she's (brutally) honest, she has a heart and most i
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Adina
Aug 05, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: non-fiction, humor
2.5 Ok to Interesting

For Amy's die hard fans. If you don't know who she or don't appreciate her particular humor then I would not recommend.

Amy Schumer is a well known stand-up comedian in the US. She has her own comedy show and wrote and acted in two movies . I accidentally found her Apollo show while looking for something interesting on TV. I enjoyed her humor and watched the whole thing. I also loved her first movie and not so much her 2nd one. So, I can say that I like her but I am not a fa
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Taryn Pierson
Mar 14, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2016-release, audio
The most empowering book I’ve read since my fabulous, fashion-forward grandma and I paged through Color Me Beautiful circa 1991 and I learned why I always look like a warmed-over corpse in pale yellow. (It’s not my fault! I’m a Summer!)

Amy Schumer is just the BEST. If you’re not 100% sold on her raunchy brand of humor, read her book and prepare to be totally convinced of her awesomeness. If you thought her book would simply be a series of vag jokes, you thought wrong.

What most impressed me: she
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I keep picking up these memoirs written by my favorite female comedians expecting them to be funny, and then the memoir inevitably turns out to be a "I may be a funny person for a living, but I'm so much more - let me list out the innermost details of my psyche for your pleasure so you can understand my soul" type of deal. Which is fine. I can totally understand why comedians would want to do that. I'm sure you have off days where you don't
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emma
4.25/5



I did not expect THAT out of THIS.

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I wasn’t sure about picking this one up, because Amy Schumer has long been, shall we say...controversial. In the past, she’s made jokes with race-based punchlines that more than toe the line of what’s okay. And I need you all to know that if I found even the slightest trace of that problematic-ness here, I’d have given it one star. (That’s my policy with problematic books - I’ve done it with We All Looked Up, When We
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emily
Aug 23, 2016 rated it really liked it
I've based my rating of Amy's book entirely on how it left me feeling, and I just have this warm glow in my chest and I smiled too much while reading the last paragraph and, I'm not gonna lie, I got all teary once it ended. I took my time reading this book, not caring how many pages I read that day (which I usually do), and just enjoyed spending a little time with Amy every day. This book was just honest. It was full of not just the good stuff, but a lot of the ugly stuff from her life. She just ...more
Nicole
Mar 19, 2017 rated it did not like it
Was this book supposed to make me laugh?
Hannah
Dec 13, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was such a nice surprise! I wasn't really expecting much because I have to admit to not really knowing Amy Schumer before I started, other than knowing that she is a comedian famous for talking about her vagina a lot. Don't get me wrong, she does talk about her vagina, a lot, but she also talks about so many other things, important things, and she actually did make me cry (to be fair, I cry fairly easily). As usual with memoirs, I listened to her tell her own story in audio format and, as u ...more
Maxwell
Nov 12, 2016 rated it liked it
3.5 Unsurprisingly blunt and funny. But surprisingly sentimental and heartfelt at times. I thought the two chapters about her mom and dad were some of the best writing and when I felt like I was really getting to know her as a person. There were some messages in here that are all well and good but not wholly original; I felt like I'd read them in previous memoirs. But her stories—and if you know Amy Schumer at all you know she's got to have some crazy stories—were worth the price of admission al ...more
Matthew
Times the words "a", "and", and "the" appear in this book combined: 1,230
Times the word "vagina" appears in this book: 6,732

Some of this book is funny, some of it is serious. I have seen Amy Schumer in a few things (SNL, movies, etc.) and enjoyed them, but I am not sure if her brand of comedy is for me in an 8 hour audio dose. It was cool that it was her reading it, though.

This book is for you if you don't mind crude comedy interspersed with serious monologues about sexual assault, gun control,
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Diane
Aug 25, 2016 rated it liked it
This is an easy book to recommend: If you like Amy Schumer's comedy, you will enjoy this book.

Wait, I'm going to add to that: If you like Amy Schumer because she's a female performer who likes to talk about sex and relationships and confront gender stereotypes, then you will probably like this book.

Miss Schumer's career has really taken off in the last few years — her movie "Trainwreck" was fun, her TV show "Inside Amy Schumer" is still going strong, and she had her first comedy special for HBO.
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Mariah
Apr 03, 2017 rated it really liked it
I was very surprised by this book. I expected myself to think it was only "okay" or to not enjoy it. I have been reading a lot of comedy books and not loving them, but I really enjoyed this book.

Amy Schumer is someone that I knew very little about. I had seen her act in a couple of movies (less than a handful). However, when I saw that she wrote a book and saw how extremely popular it was, I had to read it. I had this book on hold at the library forever. They had 35 copies of it and it still too
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Snotchocheez
Jan 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
5 stars

Yep. All the effing stars, yo.

And I'm sure some of you are saying "Robbie's drunk-reviewing again!" (Nope. Not even a vicarious buzz from all of Amy's liquor and pot consumption she unapologetically describes; and it's Sunday night/Monday morning in Alabama: can't buy liquor within a 40 mile radius of here on Sunday anyway). Or, "Robbie's got it bad for Amy!" (Not so much, really. I really like "Inside Amy Schumer" in teeny doses, but all of her stand-up vagina jokes just intimidate me;
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Darth J
May 25, 2016 marked it as to-read
Shelves: would-accept-r4r
Even though this season of her show has been a little message-y, and her movie about an author named Spence (that's an inside joke for readers in the know) wasn't as sharp as it could have been, I'm actually really looking forward to this book. The title is hilarious though.


Plus, guys, she's doing a movie with J. Law.
Ammar
Aug 16, 2016 rated it liked it
Another celebrity memoir in the form of essays hit the stand.

The book is good, some parts are funny, some are sad.

Amy shares a lot of stories about her childhood, how her parents lost their fortune and began all over again. She describes her lovers, her one night stand, the athletes and musicians she was with.

Amy talks about how she became a stand up comedian and how it was hard and it took her years to perfect her routine. Trainwreck is discussed along with the horrible shooting that took pla
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Helene Jeppesen
Sep 03, 2016 rated it really liked it
When I started reading this book, I had no idea who Amy Schumer was. I was sent a review copy unsolicited (and I was thrilled about that, btw), and a friend of mine told me that Amy Schumer is a famous comedian. Before reading, though, I decided to look her up on YouTube, and when I found an interview with her on the Ellen Degeneres show, I immediately fell in love. This woman was HILARIOUS! And I don't easily laugh from comedians' jokes, but Amy made me smile and laugh.
I was so pleased to find
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Jason Koivu
I expected laughs coming out of my butt and instead I got a relative dud. I did not see that coming!

I am a fan of Amy Schumer, yes warts and all*, and so I expected to love this book. Her show is hilarious, her stand-up is good stuff, and I really enjoyed her movie Trainwreck...or A Girl Without Complexes as it is known in Russia. This book, however, does not meet expectations.

The subject matter is hit and miss. I really enjoyed when she got on the topic of her show or movie. There was some sno
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Dana Giusti
Aug 07, 2016 rated it really liked it
I expected something just straight up funny and silly, but the book had some surprising depth to it. The best chapter by far, in my opinion, is "The Worst Night of My Life", where she details a particularly horrible night with her abusive ex. She goes on to emphasize how abusive relationships can happen to ANYONE, even those who have always considered themselves "strong-ass women" such as herself. I thought that was a really important message to put out there, because there is so often the belie ...more
Naksed
Amy Schumer spends a lot of time driving the point that who she is "in real life" is far from the brassy, slutty persona she has created in her stand-up and that she plays up for laughs. After listening to the snooze-inducing "memoirs" that she herself seems extremely bored to have recorded in the Audio Book version of The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, I can understand why. I had to skim through her love for ugly stuffed animals, the difference between old and new money, and other inane chapt ...more
Rebecca McNutt
Nov 27, 2016 rated it it was ok
This book wasn't terrible, but aside from being slightly comedic, I found it to be absolutely unmemorable. It seems like one of those books that make a brief surge into bestselling popularity, which quickly dies down within a very short time.
Britany
I laughed, I was grossed out, I nodded along in agreement and (with any good memoir) there were sad moments too. I listened to this one on audio (read by the author)-- this made the reading experience so much better in my opinion. I felt like I was sitting right next to Amy (Oh AND we are BFFS in this delusion) and she's filling me on her life stories. She throws F#CK around like it's going out of style and I do appreciate a good F bomb now and again. She goes into SUCH detail regarding her lady ...more
Sita
Aug 28, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: memoir
This was bad, y'all. More like a shoddily written blog than a book (that had more than a million attached to it, what's more!)
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“Being an introvert doesn’t mean you’re shy. It means you enjoy being alone. Not just enjoy it—you need it. If you’re a true introvert, other people are basically energy vampires. You don’t hate them; you just have to be strategic about when you expose yourself to them—like the sun. They give you life, sure, but they can also burn you and” 101 likes
“I know my worth. I embrace my power. I say if I'm beautiful. I say if I'm strong. You will not determine my story. I will. I'll speak and share and fuck and love, and I will never apologize for it. I am amazing for you, not because of you. I am not who I sleep with. I am not my weight. I am not my mother. I am myself. And I am all of you.” 68 likes
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