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It's Not That I'm Bitter...

by Gina Barreca
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  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press
  • Publishing date: 12/05/2009
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-13: 9780312547264
  • ISBN: 0312547269

Synopsis

In a world where eye cream is made from placenta, Gina Barreca is the lone voice calling out ?But wait, whose placenta is it?”  She asks the crucial questions: Why is there no King Charming? Why does no bra ever fit? Why are there no tutus in XL? Why do more intelligent women have trusted psychics than have trusted financial advisors?  While she definitely wants everyone to know that she's not bitter, Gina does want to know why no one realizes that Anne Bancroft was only thirty-six when she played Mrs. Robinson, the quintessential cougar. In "It's Not That I'm Bitter..." Gina shouts out her message to women everywhere: ?You are smart enough to conquer the world, so please stop weeping when you try on bathing suits at T.J. Maxx.”  As Gina declares "The world lies to us and we want to believe.  We want to believe that, if we wear a pair of palazzo pants with a latex escape hatch built into the stomach area, we’ll appear five pounds slimmer instantly? We torture ourselves, even though we are smart broads."  In deliciously quotable essays on the ability of both chin hairs and tweezers to affect your life, the reason every woman believes she’s crazy, the possibility that the "glass ceiling" may just be a thick layer of men, and thoughts on intimate conversations she’d have with Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Cindy McCain and Sarah Palin, Barreca gleefully rejects the emotional torture, embraces the limitless laughter, and shows other women how they can conquer the world with a sharp wit, good shoes and not a single worry about VPLs.

Gina Barreca, Ph.D., is a professor of English and Feminist Theory at the University of Connecticut and author of Babes in Boyland, They Used to Call Me Snow White, but I Drifted, and I’m With Stupid: One Man, One Woman, and 10,000 Years of Misunderstandings Between The Sexes Cleared Right Up (coauthored with Pulitzer Prize-winner Gene Weingarten of The Washington Post). She grew up in Brooklyn and now lives in Storrs, CT.

In her biting social commentary, Gina Barreca asks the crucial questions: Why is there no King Charming? Why does no bra ever fit? Why does are there no tutus in XL? Why do more intelligent women have trusted psychics than have trusted financial advisors? Why doesn't anyone realize that Anne Bancroft was only thirty-six when she played Mrs. Robinson, the quintessential cougar? In It's Not That I'm Bitter . . . Gina shouts out her message to women everywhere: "You are smart enough to conquer the world, so please stop weeping when you try on bathing suits at T.J. Maxx."  She declares, "The world lies to us and we want to believe. We want to believe that, if we wear a pair of palazzo pants with a latex escape hatch built into the stomach area, we’ll appear five pounds slimmer instantly." 

In insightful and quotable essays on the ability of both chin hairs and tweezers to affect your life, the reason every woman believes she's crazy, the possibility that the "glass ceiling" may just be a thick layer of men, and thoughts on intimate conversations she’d have with Michelle Obama, Hillary Clinton, Cindy McCain, and Sarah Palin, Barreca gleefully rejects the emotional torture, embraces the limitless laughter, and shows other women how they can conquer the world with a sharp wit, good shoes, and not a single worry about VPLs.

"Regina Barreca's prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane. Her no-holds-barred observations make me laugh, tear up a little, and nod my head in recognition. A witty paisana, Barreca packs a punch and lays bare our foibles."?Wally Lamb, author of I Know This Much Is True

"Some people are funny in an acid-edged cocktail lounge, like Dorothy Parker, in a smoky French cafe, like David Sedaris, or in a crazy English country house, like P.G. Wodehouse. Gina is funny in your kitchen, in the ladies' room of your favorite restaurant, in the awful dressing room with forty-seven ugly bathing suits around you. Gina Barreca is funny, for real."?Amy Bloom, author of Away

"Many will agree these eminently readable pieces will have people laughing out loud, then sighing thoughtfully. Her observations as a 50-ish woman focus on life’s sexual inequities: 'If women had tufts growing from our noses and ears, men would bring exorcists to the house . . .' And on the subject of age: 'Once we hit forty, women have only about four taste buds left: one for vodka, one for wine, one for cheese, and one for chocolate.' Using the first-person plural, she chronicles all-too-common collective foolishness: 'Almost no woman would treat any of her acquaintances as poorly as she treats herself.' Many readers, especially women, will enjoy, discuss, and reread this quick, breezy work of commentary, a book that stirs up dust long after its covers are closed."?Whitney Scott, Booklist

"Fans of Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman will find humor along with serious insights about women and aging in Barreca's latest challenge to women to stop obsessing over hymens, husbands, and hangnails and once again direct our attention outward to the larger issues of . . . the creation of genuinely significant opportunities for women in all workplaces. But Barreca is more about laughs than lecturing, as she addresses the mysteries of finding the perfect bra, the indignities of bathing suit shopping at T.J. Maxx, her relationship with her hair and the 'Fifty-two Things I Learned by Fifty-one.' Along the way, she points out what she considers to be the insipid concerns of holiday preparations or what exactly women may consider to be a waste of time ('Why, oh why, didn't I organize my closet according to color and texture of garment?'). Between the snappy observations, Barreca takes an opportunity to liken the progression of contemporary feminist thought to a car accident?it's not so much that we're in a backlash as we're in a whiplash."?Publishers Weekly

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    My daughter laughs out loud to this book so I have to assume it is really good.

  • It's Not That I'm Bitter
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    This is the most unfunny book I've ever made the mistake of purchasing. Ms. Barreca is simply not humorous, and states the obvious with the most mundane writing possible. How did she get this published? How did she turn into a speaker at events? I think her public relations person deserves a lot of money! I know twenty people who are actually funny, and can write besides! Why did this book actually get into print? Gina Barreca must be stopped! I'm mailing my copy back to the publisher with a letter begging them to find a truly funny writer, and ditch this lady! Save your money...And in the meantime, read David Sedaris.

  • Laugh out loud funny
    From Amazon

    My wife was reading this book, and she was laughing out loud so much that I read some of the essays myself (though as a man, I worry far less about visible panty lines). There is some hysterical stuff in here (the part about how the people who are least prepared talk the most during meetings comes to mind) and the bite sized readings are perfect for dipping in and out of. Highly recommending for all the ladies, but anyone who reads it will get some great laughs from. Regina Barreca has put together a wonderful collection here, so do yourself a favor and check it out.

  • Irreverently Funny!
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    I really enjoy Gina's irreverent humor. I took a class with her as an undergraduate, and it was like going to see an hour of really smart stand-up comedy for 50 minutes three times a week. This book is more of the same, but I don't have to go to class.

  • Hysterical and smart
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    She's done it again. I was honored to see her speak in Hartford recently; she's a blend of Chris Rock and Joan Rivers, with remarkable quickness and improv. She's going to be around for a long time, and this book is an example, raising the bar on gender issues and humorous musings. Great book!

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