“Barreca is a sharp analyst of women’s humor…observant, witty, acerbic, and knowledgeable.”
Los Angeles Times
“An impassioned, wily, and often hilarious argument for women to unleash their sense of humor on the world.”
The Chicago Tribune
“Barreca’s humor shines through.”
“Wise, liberating and merry!”
Gina Barreca has appeared, often as a repeat guest, on 20/20, The Today Show, CNN, the BBC, NPR and, yes, on Oprah to discuss gender, power, politics, and humor. Her earlier books include the bestselling They Used to Call Me Snow White But I Drifted: Women’s Strategic Use of Humor, It’s Not That I’m Bitter, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Visible Panty Lines and Conquered the World, If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse, and Babes in Boyland: A Personal History of Coeducation in the Ivy League. Of the other six books she’s written or co-written, several have been translated into to other languages–including Chinese, Spanish, Japanese, Portuguese and German. Called “smart and funny” by People magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane.”
Gina’s award-winning weekly columns from The Hartford Courant are now distributed internationally by the Tribune Co.; her blog for Psychology Today has well over 6 million views. Gina’s work has appeared in most major publications, including The New York Times, The Independent of London, The Chronicle of Higher Education, Cosmopolitan, and The Harvard Business Review. Board of Trustees Distinguished Professor of English at the University of Connecticut, Gina’s also the winner of UConn’s highest award for excellence in teaching. Read more about Gina...
Barreca is back and this time she’s telling women to make trouble, be loud, be funny and step-up. Gina brings her trademark wry humor and provocative insight to issues great and small, including:
Filled with insight, lessons, comfort and confessions, If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse? cheers and challenges women to come together and speak up. Learn more about the book...
“Barrecaville turns out to be a very funny place. In it, bad boyfriends are good: They remind us that, just as there are significant others, so, too, are there insignificant others. With that tiny twist of language, she seizes something that was right in front of us the whole time but we couldn’t grasp….Despite all the rowdiness, Barreca’s erudition pokes through every page. She romps across the literary landscape…”
“Barreca's mix of personal essays, lists, and advice column-style interludes is laugh-out-loud funny (literally...).”
-ELLE’S LETTRES Readers’ Prize, June 2016
-Carol Burbank, Ph.D. Leadership Spirit
“Gina Barreca’s essays are like dispatches from a dear friend: Wonderful, witty, heartfelt and wise—with many memorable zingers and tear inducing stingers. Her gift is one of connection and her work is relatable and true. Share this book with your sisters and your BFF (Brainy Friends and Feminists) book group.”
-Ask Amy advice columnist Amy Dickinson
“If you ever find that your best gal pal isn't available, you need look no further than Barreca's book - it contains everything a good friend would provide: honesty, insight, female camaraderie, and a lot of laughs.”
-Rachel Dratch, Saturday Night Live and author of Girl Walks into a Bar
An old detail kept elbowing me, tugging at my sleeve like an annoying little kid, when President Donald Trump said he thought it might be a good idea to buy Greenland. Then I went back to check on the ...
My problems, both emotional and cognitive, had to do with getting stuff in the right order: I couldn’t do it.
Gina will be a guest speaker at the Lucy Robb...September 22 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm at Lucy Robbins Welles Library
Face the State
Gina and Jim Vicevich, former Channel 3 reported and host of Sound Off Connecticut on WTIC, join Face the State to talk about Campaign 2016. Watch here...
Guest on The Food Schmooze
Gina on The Food Schmooze with Faith Middleton Listen here...