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The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

Cover: 'The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo'

Staff Review: "The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo" by Amy Schumer

★★★★

Celebrity memoirs almost always seem to promise to "bare it all" and give the reader an uncensored look at the star's life, but most only half-heartedly keep that promise. Amy Schumer, however, is not one of those stars. In her debut book, Schumer (perhaps best known for her Comedy Central sketch series or her semi-autobiographical comedy film "Trainwreck") tells the reader about the important events in her life that have shaped the woman she's become. Schumer talks at length about her dating history and her parents' divorce and subsequent marriages as well as her career as a comedian, body image and self-worth, and more. Oftentimes she writes in a lighthearted, comedic and conversational way that draws the reader in and makes you feel like you're the only one privy to this information. 

Certain chapters take on a more ominous tone, such as when Schumer recounts being sexually assaulted or writes about a mass shooting that took place at a theater showing "Trainwreck." These chapters are some of the best, as they show Schumer's depth and that she is much, much more than just a talented comedian.While she does withhold some information (the names of certain ex-boyfriends, for instance), Schumer generally offers an unflinchingly honest look at her life and personal views, giving the reader exactly what they're expecting.

Audience: adults | Genre: nonfiction, memoir, celebrities, humor

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