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Amy Schumer Continues World Domination with ‘The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo’

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Happy Hump Day, book lovers! Since it’s mid-week, and we’re all most likely looking for a pick me up, I thought it would be fun to chat about one of the most influential figures in the entertainment industry… no, not Lin-Manuel Miranda, although, you can catch me singing Hamilton the Musical probably any and every day of the week—no, we’re here to chat about actress and comedian Amy Schumer (aka my favorite human being on the planet). She launched the book tour for her collection of personal essays yesterday and let’s just say she’s definitely got me booked—I mean, hooked. In the book, The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo (Gallery Books, August 16, 2016), she delves into some very personal…

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The Top 10 August Books to Read as Summer Winds Down

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Somehow it’s already August (where has the summer gone??) and the heat is sweltering, the beach days are in full swing, and we’re already bracing for that first cold bite of fall. While we bask in our last true summer month, we’re devouring as many new books as we can. Luckily, August is filled with some awesome new releases, from New Adult to Fantasy to historical mysteries. Here are the 10 we books can’t wait to get our hands on as the summer winds down around us: Sweet Tomorrows, Debbie Macomber (Ballantine Books, August 2, 2016) Macomber is a romance powerhouse with dozens of titles to her name. Sweet Tomorrows is the fifth book in her Rose Harbor series and this time…

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Amy Schumer Flips the Usual Sexual Politics in Trainwreck

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Any romance novel fan is familiar with the trope of the virginal woman and the more experienced man teaching her about sex. Hell, it’s practically standard in bodice rippers, where the man tends to be a recently reformed rake, only changing his womanizing ways for the right (and often pure) woman. And sure, in more contemporary novels the woman is rarely a virgin, but she still often needs to be sexually taught or enlightened by the new love in her life. Think 50 Shades of Grey or even Twilight. Both women are a little more naïve, needing almost constant guidance in the bedroom area. I love romance novels, but even I’m getting sick of the sexual politics that bleed into…

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Ricki and The Flash asks, “Where have the veteran female rockers gone?”

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As a teenager in the late ‘90s, I was obsessed with all things 1970s. My generation idolized the peace and love era, from scouring thrift shops for the perfect bell-bottoms to begging our parents for stories about Woodstock. While the world was watching the millennium approach, all we wanted to do was look to the past. And nothing resonated more than the music. Growing up, my parents would blast CCR or Joan Baez, Neil Young and Tom Petty. My first concert was a Crosby, Stills & Nash show in the fourth grade, standing on a stadium seat to see the stage better. While I eventually moved past my love of bell-bottoms, my love of old school rock and roll never…

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Melissa McCarthy’s “Spy” is a boon for women in comedy

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Shouldn’t the hardest part of comedy be having to keep a straight face? Not fighting to climb the sexist career ladder. There’s nothing funny about gender inequality. Despite many strides made for, y’know, basic human rights, women are still treated like second-class citizens. This gender gap (more like a gender Grand Canyon) has always been enormous in professional comedy to the point that people asked if women even have a sense of humor. Is it any wonder that the early pioneers—Phyllis Diller and Joan Rivers—weren’t allowed to attractive or confident? Luckily, along came intellectual comedians like Elaine May and Lilly Tomlin in the early 60s, followed by the badasses of Saturday Night Live, and finally today’s Tina Fey, Chelsea Handler,…

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