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

In a world where eye cream is made from placenta, Gina Barreca is the lone voice calling out “But wait, whose placenta is it?” In this collection of deliciously quotable essays, Gina asks the big questions:

Why is there no King Charming? Why does no bra ever fit? Why do people say “cougar” like it’s a bad thing? Why do we call it a glass ceiling when it’s just a thick layer of men?

Barreca packs a hilarious punch while gleefully rejecting emotional torture, embracing limitless laughter, and showing women how they can conquer the world with good friends (“It’s not that diamonds are a girl’s best friend, but a girl’s best friends are diamonds”), sharp wit, great shoes, and not a single worry about VPLs.

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It's Not That I'm Bitter... Gina Barreca

Publication Information

Paperback: 240 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin
Publication Date: June 8, 2010
ISBN: 978-0312547271


“Gina Barreca is very, very funny. For a woman.”—Dave Barry

“From spotting chin hairs in a rear-view mirror to finding a bra that never fits, the book is 120-mph humor!”—Cindy Adams, The New York Post

“Barreca is probably the funniest woman writing in America. She does what all great comedians do, latches onto the absurd, looks at it from a number of equally absurd angles and is pretty fearless at making fun of anything, including herself.”—Rita Ciresi, award-winning author of Mother Rocket and Pink Slip

“University of Connecticut English Professor Barreca offers feminism for the everywoman in these humorous essays. Expect poignant insights tucked between the laugh lines.”—Ms. Magazine

“These eminently readable pieces will have people laughing out loud, then sighing thoughtfully… Many readers, especially women, will enjoy, discuss, and reread this reread this quick, breezy work of commentary, a book that stirs up dust long after its covers are closed.”— Booklist

“Fans of Nora Ephron’s I Feel Bad About My Neck… will find humor along with serious insights about women and aging in Barreca’s latest.”—Publishers Weekly