Fast Funny Women
Edited by Gina Barreca
With fierce new works from writers you know by heart—NYT bestselling novelist Caroline Leavitt, NPR’s own Maureen Corrigan, award-winning poet Phillis Levin, stand-up comic Leighann Lord, Founder and Director of the Erma Bombeck Writers’ Workshop Teri Rizvi, playwright Beth Blatt, screenwriter Pamela Katz, activist and author Leslie Morgan Steiner, Rabbi Marisa Elana James, Pastor Jamie Spriggs, activist and teacher Ebony Murphy-Root—alongside other familiar and emerging authors whose original pieces were commissioned, Fast Fierce Women exemplifies how strength, focus, passion, wit, resilience, rage, loyalty, talent, and love are all aspects of ferocity.
New works by Jane Smiley, Marge Piercy, Fay Weldon, Darien Hsu Gee, Mimi Pond, Liza Donnelly, Nicole Hollander, Ilene Beckerman, Jo-Ann Mapson, Lisa Landry, Leighann Lord, and Pam Katz...
...right alongside Dawn Lundy Martin, Susan Shapiro, and “Judge Judy” Sheindlin.
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About the Author
Hailed as “smart and funny” by “People” magazine and “Very, very funny. For a woman,” by Dave Barry, Gina Barreca was deemed a “feminist humor maven” by Ms. Magazine. Novelist Wally Lamb said, “Barreca’s prose, in equal measures, is hilarious and humane."
Author of ten books and editor of eleven others, her works have been translated into several languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Spanish, Portuguese, and German.
She’s appeared, often as a repeat guest, on CNN, PBS, the BBC, 20/20, 48 Hours, the Today Show, NPR and Oprah—as well as just having been interviewed on camera as for the forthcoming “American Masters” series on Mae West-- as an expert on women, humor, and cultural politics.
One of the first women to graduate from Dartmouth College in its early years of coeducation, she was the first woman to be named Alumni scholar by that college; her papers have been requested by Dartmouth’s special collections library. She was a Reynolds’s Fellow at New Hall (now Murray Edwards) College at Cambridge University and received her Ph.D. at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York.
The only full-time female academic to be a member of the Friar’s Club, Gina’s also an honoree of the Connecticut Women’s Hall of Fame. She’s been awarded four honorary degrees and is a sought-after speaker for both the academic and non-academic groups. Her writing has appeared the “New York Times,” “The Independent” of London, “The Chronicle of Higher Education,” “Cosmopolitan” and the “Harvard Business Review.” She lives with her husband Michael in Storrs, CT. She keeps busy. Her website is www.ginabarreca.com