Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo

3.4 48
by Amy Schumer

See All Formats & Editions

#1 New York Times Bestseller

"Amy Schumer's book will make you love her even more. For a comedian of unbridled (and generally hilarious) causticity, Schumer has written a probing, confessional, unguarded, and, yes, majorly humanizing non-memoir, a book that trades less on sarcasm, and more on emotional resonance." —Vogue



#1 New York Times Bestseller

"Amy Schumer's book will make you love her even more. For a comedian of unbridled (and generally hilarious) causticity, Schumer has written a probing, confessional, unguarded, and, yes, majorly humanizing non-memoir, a book that trades less on sarcasm, and more on emotional resonance." —Vogue

"The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is an alternatingly meditative, sexually explicit, side-splittingly hilarious, heart-wrenching, disturbing, passionately political, and always staggeringly authentic ride through the highs and lows of the comedic powerhouse's life to date." —Harper's Bazaar

"This is your happy hour with Amy Schumer...It's Bossypants meets Trainwreck meets your long weekend." —TheSkimm

“Amy’s got your back. She’s in your corner. She’s an honesty bomb. And she’s coming for you.
—Actress Tilda Swinton and Trainwreck co-star

The Emmy Award-winning comedian, actress, writer, and star of Inside Amy Schumer and the acclaimed film Trainwreck has taken the entertainment world by storm with her winning blend of smart, satirical humor. Now, Amy Schumer has written a refreshingly candid and uproariously funny collection of (extremely) personal and observational essays.

In The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo, Amy mines her past for stories about her teenage years, her family, relationships, and sex and shares the experiences that have shaped who she is—a woman with the courage to bare her soul to stand up for what she believes in, all while making us laugh.

Ranging from the raucous to the romantic, the heartfelt to the harrowing, this highly entertaining and universally appealing collection is the literary equivalent of a night out with your best friend—an unforgettable and fun adventure that you wish could last forever. Whether she’s experiencing lust-at-first-sight while in the airport security line, sharing her own views on love and marriage, admitting to being an introvert, or discovering her cross-fit instructor’s secret bad habit, Amy Schumer proves to be a bighearted, brave, and thoughtful storyteller that will leave you nodding your head in recognition, laughing out loud, and sobbing uncontrollably—but only because it’s over.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
★ 08/22/2016
In her first book, the Emmy Award-winning comedian offers an entertaining and eclectic collection of 30-plus essays, including "An Open Letter to My Vagina" and "Forgiving My Lower Back Tattoo." Her prose, like her popular comedy act, is plucky, forthright, hilariously raunchy—and honest. Though she claims the book is not an autobiography (at the age of 35, Schumer asserts, it's too early to share her life story), readers will learn of her childhood on Long Island, born into "New Money" (her father ran an exclusive baby furniture shop). By the time she's 10, however, challenging times have fallen on the family: the business is lost, her parents eventually divorce, and her beloved alcoholic father is diagnosed with MS. Schumer works various jobs (waitressing, pedicab driver, etc.) but ultimately is true to her passion for inspiring laughter. The book's centerpiece is a comparatively longer essay on her career, revealing the hard work of touring and the dedication, heartaches, missteps, and triumphs on the path to stand-up success. Along with off-the-wall one-liners, anecdotes, and confessions, Schumer shares some solemn experiences, such as bodysurfing with her disabled dad for the last time, and her involvement in an abusive relationship with a boyfriend ("When you're in love with a man who hurts you, it's a special kind of hell, yet one that so many women have experienced"). Amid ill-fated dates, alcohol-induced blackouts, and late-night eating binges, Schumer, in these candid, well-crafted essays, wears her mistakes "like badges of honor." (Aug.)
Harper's Bazaar
"The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is an alternatingly meditative, sexually explicit, side-splittingly hilarious, heart-wrenching, disturbing, passionately political and always staggeringly authentic ride through the highs and lows of the comedic powerhouse's life to date."
"Beyond the many powerful and empowering takeaways of The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo—from loving the hustle to self-love—perhaps the must overlooked is that of a woman's right to not only make mistakes, but to make art out of them."
"If you find yourself feeling guilty for laughing at her pain, just keep in mind she's probably laughing with you, unapologetically, in true Amy Schumer fashion."
The Pool (UK)
"[Schumer is] a concert pianist of comedy: keeping a steady rhythm of jokes with her left hand, adding deeply political, immensely feminist flourishes with her right... [She] knows what people want her for: she knows they like her jokes, and her delivery, and her vulnerability. But she also knows what she wants them for: to read, to listen, and to understand the world as she sees it. And she might end up changing it a little before she's done."
"Schumer chronicles her life with digestible stories that impart powerful messages through a kind of logic of the opposite: she makes mistakes so that we can learn from them."
"Surprisingly moving and unsurprisingly hilarious."
The AV Club
"Schumer is revealing and vulnerable, but it's her willingness to be unapologetically herself that makes the book such a wonderful and engaging read."
"A hilarious and deeply emotional book."
Entertainment Weekly's "Must List"
"The comedian's essay collection isn't just bitingly funny—it's also raw, honest, and often heartbreaking. We dare you to walk away without even greater understanding and respect for Schumer."
The Guardian (UK)
"Some of the prose...could rival Oliver Sacks or Paul Kalanithi. The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo would still be a success if it wasn't funny, because it is so unashamed and human."
"This is your happy hour with Amy Schumer. You'll get everything from tips on how to be a standup comedian, to the story of her one one-night stand. It's "Bossypants" meets "Trainwreck" meets your long weekend."
Lenny - Lena Dunham
"A poignant yet shockingly amusing book."
"Schumer shuts it down. Be like Schumer."
Funny Women
"This book is what a selection of personal essays and letters should be, witty, sometimes casual, sometimes achingly sad but always entertaining. This rich, unashamed and slightly strange book should be on your shelf if you have ever wanted to be inside Amy Schumer's head."
The Atlantic
"[An] excellent new essay collection... [The book] is, contrary to the postmodern parfait that is Schumer’s standard act, decidedly un-layered. It is Schumer, the celebrity, shedding Schumer, the schtick. It is a memoir that is also an unapologetic paean to self-love. In that, The Girl With the Lower Back Tattoo finds a new way for Schumer to be radical: It treats feminine self-confidence not in the way it is too often regarded, as a BrainyQuotable truism or an inborn gift or a fuzzy aspiration or, indeed, a source of shame, but rather as a skill like any other—something that is developed and worked at and thus, most importantly, earned... Schumer’s stories are really, particularly good."
"Amy Schumer's book will make you love her even more. For a comedian of unbridled (and generally hilarious) causticity, Schumer has written a probing, confessional, unguarded, and, yes, majorly humanizing non-memoir, a book that trades less on sarcasm, and more on emotional resonance."
Entertainment Weekly
"The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo is laugh-out-loud funny when Schumer wants it to be...but more often, it’s surprisingly honest and raw... If you’re here for humor, of course, you won’t be disappointed...But on the whole, this book is far less a portable joke factory than it is a real, deep dive into Schumer’s life, and what it’s like to be an imperfect woman and content and proud of yourself despite that."
The Chicago Tribune
"What [Schumer] offers here is a better, more deeply felt life-so-far book than most I've read...Schumer weaves a brave, vulnerable tale without falling into the usual celebrity traps of neediness and defense."
Online E!
"...we knew [The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo] was going to be good. And boy, did she deliver. Sprinkled with her famous humor, Schumer's book provides comical anecdotes that makes it feel like you're chatting with your bestie while downing a pint of ice cream and bottle of wine (yes, both at the same time), while also touching on some very intimate and dark moments that may raise your eyebrows in a different way than you're used to when it comes to Schumer."
Associated Press Staff
"Schumer keeps it real in The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo. [She] is a talented storyteller... Readers will laugh and cry, and may put the book down from moments of honesty that result in uncomfortable realistic details from her life. More important, the essays challenge readers to harness their own stories and rest in the fact that they’re good enough. Experience the world. Be bold. Love your body. It’s OK to fail and make mistakes. And lower-back tattoos can only make you stronger."
"Amy Schumer bares her soul in The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo."

Product Details

Gallery Books
Publication date:
Sales rank:
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.20(d)


Meet the Author

Amy Schumer has proven herself one of the entertainment industry’s leading forces as a standup comedian, actress, writer, producer, and director. Her smash hit television series Inside Amy Schumer has won a Peabody award, a Critics Choice Television Award, and two primetime Emmy awards. She wrote and starred in her first feature-length film, Trainwreck, which dominated the 2015 summer comedy international box office and was nominated for two Golden Globes and won a Hollywood Film Award for “Comedy of the Year.” As a stand-up comedian, she continues to tour to sold out shows around the world.

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network


Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

The Girl with the Lower Back Tattoo 3.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 48 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I loved so many things about this book. Not just the sense of humor, though it was stellar. I loved hearing someone saying how imperfect they were, but still loved themselves. The honesty is refreshing.
Anonymous 11 months ago
The most disappointing book ever purchased. Kept hoping it would get out of the gutter, but the juvenile rantings just kept resurfacing. When the leftwing/progressive diatribe about gun control surfaced I had had enough. This $15.00 worth of pure crap has been deleted from my library.
Anonymous 12 months ago
Amy seems like the best friend a person could ask for. Funny, honest, real and loyal. With a huge amount of smart to boot! Keep it real!
Anonymous 4 months ago
verysmart 5 months ago
If you are a 10 year old you may like it. Waste of time and money.
Anonymous 9 months ago
This book is pretty much just garbage.
Anonymous 20 days ago
I'm not sure where all the hate comes from with Amy. I'm on the go and couldn't wait any longer to hear this book so I cheated and got the audiobook version. Maybe because Amy herself reads the book I got a different experience rather than those who read it themselves and didn't like it. You really feel all the emotions she has felt. She actually helped me with certain things by turning to humor. She does it best and I was very happy with this book. Anyone with a stick up their behind may not care for it...but if you can't have a laugh at your life then don't pick this book. Other than that, PICK IT UP. It was worth it.
Anonymous 6 months ago
Joann1980 9 months ago
This book was so funny and I loved that you could learn a lot about Amy's life and see her serious sides as well. I highly recommend. It was so good I didn't want to put it down!
Dsaad7 12 months ago
Underscores just how talent challenged Schumer is. I've tried to give her every chance to demonstrate her talent and I can only assume she could possibly be good as a real estate agent.
Chancie More than 1 year ago
Absolutely loved this book! Amy is hilarious, and there are many funny moments. There are also some more serious and relateable moments along with some very raw and human moments. Along with everything else, Amy is just an excellent story teller. Loved it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Brilliant. Schumer has a unique intelligence, such a blend of thoughtfulness and humor. May she continue to write movies, shows, books, plays, and to continue to grow and share herself with us. Don't trust the one-star reviews -- just a juvenile tactic of Internet trolls.
Anonymous 4 days ago
Anonymous 3 months ago
I don't actually lol often.. from movies or books. You got me, Amy.
Krludivig 3 months ago
Amy Schumer is funny and real in this book. She talks to her readers about real life events while being funny and serious.
Anonymous 5 months ago
Just read it and laugh.
Anonymous 7 months ago
Not interesting at all.
toniFMAMTC 8 months ago
I adore Amy Schumer! This book gave me the biggest crush for her. She's so blunt and free with letting all the good and bad show. And when you see it all, you see she's a good person. She's just human. She's appreciative of the position she's in and ready to point out the blessings and silliness of her life. She owns the parts of her that could be considered faults or embarrassing. She also acknowledges her worth. Of course this book is funny, but it has some pretty special heart moments as well. I will definitely be looking for more to watch and read coming from her going forward. Also, I just wanted to add that I love how she added the section on Lafayette. That is the theater my kids and I have used for most of our movie watching so it really hit home. I can tell how affected she is by what happened.
IDragon 10 months ago
While no great work of art, it was very entertaining and at times funny. The only thing that I didn't care for is that every once in a while she would sound very preachy and go into a side-rant about something. She'd make a point, then over-explain it. However, it was interesting to hear how she started doing stand up comedy. P.S. I read through the reviews on this website, and it's clear a lot of them are based on whether someone likes her or not, and not at all on whether they like the book (which I doubt they even read). Some of it reads like hate mail. Most of the anonymous comments are either non-informative or inappropriate, or both. I wish B&N did a better job filtering what's posted. I get if someone posts a negative review but it's based on the content. But a lot of reviews are of the "I hate Amy Schumer" type.
Anonymous 10 months ago
I love Amy! She's funny, kind, caring, strong, smart and beautiful. This book was hilarious in parts, sad in parts and very serious in parts. But all the parts seemed to come from a very honest place within her. It is so worth the time and money!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Used to be refreshingly candid and funny, but now she's too much of a hypocritical SJW. Just goes for the easy shock value and vulgarity. Gets old quick.
Kaits_Bookshelf 9 months ago
Using the quick, sometimes raunchy, humor we’ve come to expect from her, Ms. Schumer opens up in her new book about a variety of topics including, but not limited to, sex, sex, and more sex. If you find yourself offended by “colorful” humor, then I suggest you give this one a pass. Ms. Schumer does not censor herself but uses her authentic voice throughout the book. Contrary to what you might think, this is not an autobiography but a collection of essays. Ms. Schumer does revisit her childhood, giving us glimpses into the years and relationships that have made her the woman she is today. The topics covered in her book range from creepy stuffed animals and wearing astronaut suits on the streets of New York, to heavier topics including sexual assault and gun laws. She also touched on what I found to be a very important topic: how frustrating it is to be viewed as a woman first and a comedian second. Ms. Schumer possesses a quality that so few have and everyone needs: the ability to laugh at herself. If you are a fan of Amy Schumer or of comedy, I suggest you give this one a read. Read full review at: KaitsBookshelf.com
Anonymous 10 months ago
was very well written, while Amy is always funny she brought many topics into the book and let us into her life deeply. She is also extremely smart. This book shows so many sides of her. Loved it!
Anonymous 10 months ago
Very powerful in her own words .