Typical reading: Humor, Essays, Memoir
What’s the coolest thing you’ve ever been for Halloween? When I was eight, I demanded to be Dolly Parton for Halloween. My parents finally conceded.
Do you collect anything? Receipts, lint, crumbs, dust, gum wrappers (so many gum wrappers! I don't even chew gum), paper clips, earring backs. Ya'll, purses are dumb.
If you could be any fictional character, who would you choose? Mr Tiger
You guys! Amy Schumer is just like me! And, maybe, she's a lot like you, too!
And I don't mean in that tabloid-stars-are-just-like-us kind of way. I'm not talking about the fact that there is photographic evidence of her makeup-less face, or that she pumps her own gas, or that she walks her dog.
I'm talking about the fact that she's an eccentric, neurotic, bombastic introvert. That the world's perception of her may be a little skewed because she's not willing to ignore or suppress the uncomfortable — yet completely normal and prevalent — things in life.
Humor and comedy are my wheelhouses, so I was pretty familiar with Schumer before I ever picked up the book. I still found myself surprised. Some comedians and personalities are willing to revel in the raunch merely to shock, or in a mistaken attempt to be perceived as raw and vulnerable. There are passages here that get down to the quick, that shake you (me). That leave you (me) in tears. The kind that hurt your heart, not your sides. Don't get me wrong, there is plenty of funny. But life is not limited to chuckles.
Comedy, tragedy. Heartache, side ache. Same coin, two sides.
But Jenn! This is an older title!
It is. It is. But! It's a new cover, so I'm doing this.
And it's the book I wish I'd had 20 years ago.
And it's the book I gave to my teenage step-daughter as she warred the tumult of high school.
And it's the book I recommended to my mother when she was JUST. SO. SICK. OF. IT. ALL.
Moran tackles the day-to-day struggles and joys of being woman with strident, subversive laughter. And I love her guts for it.