I just finished Amy Schnumer’s book The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo. It was in the “Lucky Day” section at the library so I added it to the stack of 6 books I already had. I am great at over-borrowing books because I’ll start a book and decide I’m not in the mood for it, so it’s good to have backups. AND I am usually reading 2-4 books at any time which sounds stressful and disorganized but I’ve done that since I was in college so why change now?
I like Amy’s stand-up shows but I don’t really like her TV show, so I wasn’t sure what to expect from the book. After reading it in 2 days, I will tell you my really amazing review!
I thought this coming-of-age book was funny and poignant (I am trying too hard). She’s insightful and perceptive about people, and I enjoyed reading her thoughts since I like to pretend I can psychoanalyze people. She definitely added to my accomplished abilities in that realm. And she’s really good at being vulnerable, shining a spotlight on her flaws and weaknesses throughout the book. Several chapters are really funny. A few chapters are not very funny. And then there are a few chapters that are on-purpose not funny, like her recount of being raped, her experience with domestic violence, and her crappy parents.
I waited until I finished the book to look at online reviews since my ability to buy and enjoy products depends heavily on Amazon reviews. It seems that a lot of people who like her show didn’t like her book. Some reviewers didn’t like the disjointed-ness, humblebragging, or writing quality. I guess you’ll just have to read for yourself!
Also in the realm of comedian writers, I have read Bossypants, Yes Please, Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?, and Not That Kind of Girl. This book ranks #2 on that list, with Bossypants being first. I’ll have to re-read that one. I listened to it on audiotape while driving the moderately soul crushing ~1,600 miles from Maryland to Colorado. So I can’t really tease out if it was a good book or if it was the one bright spot of white-knuckling through an ice storm.
Anyways, somehow this winding monologue relates to a recipe. I have made these almond butter oat cookies a few times recently. My most recent batch was the best version yet. And as I was power reading the book on day 2 I ate them as my lunch [NO TIME TO MAKE FOOD OR PEE]. They are delicious and filling and pretty healthy so I wanted to share!