It's Not That I'm Bitter... Or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World

Gina Barreca, Author . St. Martin's $23.95 (218p) ISBN 978-0-312-54726-4

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 (Perfect Husbands & Other Fairy Tales ) is more about laughs than lecturing, as she addresses the mysteries of finding the perfect bra, the indignities of bathing suit shopping at TJ 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.” (May)

Reviewed on: 03/30/2009
Release date: 05/01/2009
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 978-1-4299-6359-6
Paperback - 218 pages - 978-0-312-54727-1
Ebook - 240 pages - 978-1-4299-8609-0
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