“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.”
Library Journal

“Wise, liberating and merry!”

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About Gina

Gina Barreca

Photo credit for this image and the one above to Elena Seibert

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…

If you Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?

If You Lean In, Will Men Just Look Down Your Blouse?

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:

  • why, as women age, we trade being visible for being audible (and why that’s a good thing)
  • why having slurpy noises made towards us on the street by strangers is not a genuinely fulfilling feminine experience
  • why packing a shoe-horn can save your marriage
  • why we don’t talk about the crushes we have when we’re over 40 (even though we still have them)
  • why you should thank your ex-boyfriend
  • why you should forgive your mother
  • why you should stop talking about the benefits of blueberries already
  • why, if you run with a bad crowd, you can call it exercise
  • what words rich people use that poor people don’t

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…”

Psychology Today

“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

“[Barreca] created a beautiful, entertaining and touching essay that opens up women’s leadership issues and workforce equities and inequities in a way Sandberg’s book cannot, because the billionaire CEO writes from a different place of greater privilege and power. We hardworking women should all have this book (and Barreca’s others as well!) on our shelf, as a drop-in, cheer up, think a bit, and get back to work…”

-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

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Gina's Other Books

They Used to Call Me Snow White... But I Drifted
Babes in Boyland
It's Not That I'm Bitter
I'm with Stupid
Make Mine A Double
Penguin Book of Women's Humor
Sweet Revenge
The Signet Book of American Humor
Don't Tell Mama
Perfect Husbands (& Other Fairy Tales)
Untamed and Unabashed
An ABC of Vice
Women and Comedy
Sex and Death in Victorian Literature
The Erotics of Instruction