PEOPLE'S BEST BOOK OF THE YEAR!
ONE OF NEW YORK TIMES' NOTABLE BOOKS OF 2016!
INSTANT NEW YORK TIMES AND USA TODAY BESTSELLER!
YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT hilariously, and candidly, explores the journey of the twenty-first century woman.
As both a tomboy and a late bloomer, comedian Jessi Klein grew up feeling more like an outsider than a participant in the rites of modern femininity.
In YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT, Klein offers-through an incisive collection of real-life stories-a relentlessly funny yet poignant take on a variety of topics she has experienced along her strange journey to womanhood and beyond. These include her "transformation from Pippi Longstocking-esque tomboy to are-you-a-lesbian-or-what tom man," attempting to find watchable porn, and identifying the difference between being called "ma'am" and "miss" ("Miss sounds like you weigh ninety-nine pounds").
Raw, relatable, and consistently hilarious, YOU'LL GROW OUT OF IT is a one-of-a-kind book by a singular and irresistible comic voice.
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About the Author
Jessi Klein is the Emmy and Peabody award-winning head writer and an executive producer of Comedy Central's critically acclaimed series Inside Amy Schumer. She's also written for Amazon's Transparent as well as Saturday Night Live. She has been featured on the popular storytelling series The Moth, and has been a regular panelist on NPR's Wait Wait...Don't Tell Me! She's been published in Esquire and Cosmopolitan, and has had her own half-hour Comedy Central stand-up special.
Table of Contents
Tom Man 1
The Bath 8
Walking Through the Cloud 14
How to Get Older 27
All the Cakes 37
Bar Method and the Secrets of Beautiful Women 45
Poodle vs. Wolf 54
The Cad 63
The Bachelor 98
Carole King and the Saddest To-Do List Ever 116
The Lingerie Dilemma 124
How to Get Engaged 139
The Wedding Dress 156
Long Day's Journey into Porn 172
Leap of Faith 187
How I Became a Comedian 209
Get the Epidural 250
The Infertility Chapters 261
Barnes & Noble Review Interview with Jessi Klein
In You'll Grow Out of It, comedian Jessi Klein describes a trip to the Chanel counter at Barneys to purchase a blush brush. The brusque salesman, giving her the once-over, asks, "Can I speak freely?" Klein writes, "I hated him but I also felt like he was about to tell me the most important thing any human has ever said to another." Speaking freely, the salesman declares, "Right now, your priority needs to be your undereye area." This feedback leads Klein to a fierce rant on priorities "forget paying your rent and maintaining your relationships. Put off charity work and don't worry about voting in the general election" but it also leads her to spend $150 on "a thingy of Chanel eye cream about the circumference of a bottle cap."
Many of the autobiographical essays in You'll Grow Out of It give hilarious voice to the ridiculousness of the pressures of femininity and to how vulnerable many women nonetheless are to those pressures. The funny riffs often suddenly give way to sincere emotion, as when Klein, the head writer and executive producer of Inside Amy Schumer (she has also written for Transparent and Saturday Night Live), addresses her experience with infertility. The book also features plenty of sharp feminist critique. In a piece on why she hates baths, Klein's jokes about 1970s Calgon commercials and Oprah's love of bathing build to a clever, Virginia Woolf–inspired analysis, with the author concluding that "getting in the bath is a kind of surrender to the idea that we can't really make it on land."
Klein answered questions about the book via email. Barbara Spindel
The Barnes & Noble Review: Some of the essays, in addition to being very funny, are unexpectedly moving. Did writing a book allow you to express yourself in a different way than writing for television or doing stand-up?
Jessi Klein: Definitely. One of the things I enjoyed most about writing a book was the freedom to go off on tangents that aren't necessarily hilarious but represent the kinds of things I think about. I'm a comedy writer and I love watching and creating comedy, but I also like having and expressing other feelings such as anxiety and hunger.
BNR: Writing for television is a collaborative process; writing a book is not. How do you compare the experiences?
JK: Well, being in a writers' room is usually a pretty raucous, fun environment. Writing a book is more of a lonely slog. That is why I drank white wine through so much of it.
BNR: Many of the essays are about the absurdity of the expectations placed on women. Do you think of your comedy as political?
JK: I think of my comedy as personal, but the personal is political. I think that's true, right? Yeah. It's true.
BNR: You had a baby during the writing of the book. Are you interested in writing about motherhood, which, like femaleness in general, comes with its own absurd expectations?
JK: I read a lot of baby books when I was pregnant, and NOTHING prepared me for how bananas the entire experience is. There should be a 1,000-page book whose sole topic is how to deal with the trauma of even just looking at your breast pump for the first time. I'm happy to give it a shot at some point.
BNR: In the essay "How I Became a Comedian," you reject the idea that you were brave for doing stand-up. But I'd describe some of these essays as fearless because, well, you're revealing embarrassing things about yourself in a book with your name on it. Do you feel brave now?
JK: Well, I don't feel brave, but I also don't feel embarrassed by anything I revealed in the book. Acknowledging that you look at porn isn't embarrassing. Voting for Donald Trump is embarrassing.
BNR: Did you have any models in mind while writing? What are some of your favorite books by comedians?
JK: I love the writing of Nora Ephron and David Sedaris and Cheryl Strayed. Moshe Kasher is a really funny comedian who wrote an incredible memoir called Kasher in the Rye that I was blown away by.
BNR: With so many women creating amazing comedy, will the debate over whether women are as funny as men die anytime soon?
JK: Oh jeez, I really, really hope so.
August 16, 2016
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I could relate to several sections and even found myself yelling out loud "Yes! Oh my God, yes!! That is exactly how I felt!"
This book just got better and better, I LOVED it, related to so many different parts/stories, and just really appreciated the author's honesty and candidness about her life's adventures. She's absolutely hilarious, yet also managed to talk about some pretty meaningful subjects with grace/respect - it was the perfect blend. Thank you so much for a fabulous read! :)
Jessi Klein is the head writer and executive producer of the very funny Comedy Central show Inside Amy Schumer. For that reason alone I wanted to read her book, You'll Grow Out Of It. The book is a series of essays about how Jessi got to be where and who she is. The first essay, The Tom Man, recounts what happens when a tomboy grows up. People like tomboys, tom men not so much. She didn't care much what she looked like, wearing "her dad's old button-down cowboy shirts with enormous shapeless jeans and combat boots" in high school. When she got a real office job, she still dresses " a smidge like a rodeo clown" and thought that Hanes Her Way bikini underwear was the height of sexiness. Finally, when she met a girlfriend at a bar, and her friend told her that she loved her, but her maroon backpack overflowing with papers and books hurt her feelings, she got the message. Jessi decided that if she wanted to date a Grown Man then she'd have to make an attempt to look like a Grown Woman. "But when I looked at what it would mean to become a woman- one of those standard grown-up ladies, like the ones from commercials for gum or soda or shampoo- it all seemed to involve shrinking rather than growing." Klein's observations are thoughtful, like in her essay The Bath, about how women loves baths because for women, the bath is "where you go when you run out of options", when you don't have a room of your own to go to. "This is why Virginia Woolf stressed the importance of having a room of one's own. If you don't fight for it, don't insist on it, don't sacrifice for it, you might end in that increasingly tepid water, pruning and sweating while you dream of other things." Klein is a comedy writer, so there are many funny lines in here, like describing a woman who was "just rounding third from medium drunk to very drunk." (I'm a sucker for a baseball metaphor.) In talking about attending a Bar Method exercise class, she observes that "women have problem areas in a way that men don't. We have big hips and muffin tops. Men just have the thing where they create wars and wreak havoc all over the globe." In The Cad, she advises that "when you encounter a man wearing loafers with no socks, run. I once heard that the late Tim Russert also believed that a sockless man is not to be trusted, which means that it is definitively true." One of her funniest essays is Types, where she describes the different types of men she likes and their celebrity inspiration. I don't normally read anything about the TV show The Bachelor, but her take on it made me think, as did her essay on porn. The one essay that spoke to me the most was Ma'am, abut that time in all our lives when we move from being called miss to being called ma'am by department store clerks, waiters, bank tellers, etc. I just kept saying "amen" throughout this essay, like Klein was a preacher in church and I was agreeing wholeheartedly with her sermon. The book ends with Klein preparing to attend the Emmy Awards, just a few weeks after giving birth to her son. She was panicked about choosing a dress, and when her friend told her that the one Jessi liked best made her look like Mrs. Roper, she nearly gave up hope. Anyone who likes the backstory on Hollywood will love that essay. You'll Grow Out Of It made me laugh and made me think, just like when I watch Amy Schumer's show. It's a little Tina Fey mixed with Amy Poehler mixed with Nora Ephron, and it's a great gift to give to