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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo by Amy Schumer
Memoir

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

by Amy Schumer

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The insecurities she writes about are so funny and relatable that...she becomes less the comic behind the mic and more your friend who you have more in common with than you ever thought.

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Synopsis

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.

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Why I love it

I love a funny lady, so it’s no surprise that I’m an Amy Schumer fan. But after reading The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, my feelings for her are taking a new shape: admiration and respect are two that jump to my mind. The book is breezy with a lot of great stories, but she continually “goes there” in a way that kept catching me off guard, whether it’s about her body image, struggles with her self-worth, or incredibly embarrassing (but possibly helpful to impressionable young girls like me) stories about sex and romance.

She also speaks in the language of people who watch Bravo, so that’s a natural plus for me. And, full disclosure, I get a shout out on page 29!

I especially admired her guts in printing former journal entries through the years, annotated with her present-day snark. And I loved each and every one of her sex stories and didn’t even mind that she doesn’t name names. Half the fun is trying to figure out who she’s talking about. (Note to self: I’m worried I name too many names in MY NEW BOOK (hint!), but it’s already gone to printer so I have something new to obsess over late at night.)

My impression of Schumer had always been one of a brash funny lady who took no prisoners and was constantly balls to the walls, but the insecurities she writes about are so funny and relatable that by the end of the book, she becomes less the comic behind the mic and more your friend who you have more in common with than you ever thought.

Read our exclusive Q&A with Guest Judge Andy Cohen

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Member ratings (2,265)

  • Amber M.

    Atlanta, GA

    This book made me feel like I can do whatever it takes to succeed, like Amy is my cheerleader because she has been through it before. Her being hilarious is an amazing talent,much better than expected

  • Kaitlin P.

    Little Falls, MN

    Amy Schumer's book was exactly what I needed in my life. If you didn't think she could get any more real, well she pulled it off. She is so inspiring. She isn't afraid to lay it all out on the table.

  • Janine H.

    Seaford, NY

    What can I say, but I truly am an Amy Schumer fan. So, I couldn't wait to read her memoir and was so excited that it was a BOTM choice. Definitely enjoyed, got some laughs and glad I was able to read.

  • Ashley K.

    Naperville, IL

    Amy Schumer uses this book as both a progressive bullhorn and an intimate conversation. You feel you've become friends with her. This is a delightful insight separate from her stage persona. Brilliant

  • Leslie D.

    Douglasville, GA

    Who doesn't love Amy Schumer? She is amazing and wonderful! I have thought she is hilarious and find her humor refreshing. Her story is great! Not many females get enough recognition. I love her

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