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Bearded Lady (Kindle Single) [Kindle Edition]

Mara Altman
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)

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Mara Altman, author of the bestselling Kindle Single "Sparkle," returns to top comic form to address the problem every woman faces but no woman wants to acknowledge: facial and body hair. Her brave, witty memoir gives readers a rare, honest glimpse into the hidden world of lasers and razors. It begins in childhood, when Altman discovers that hair sometimes grows in unexpected places -- and that it's best to remove it immediately, or risk ridicule from 8th-grade girls. It continues into early adulthood, when romantically-inclined men make offhand remarks about her fine coating of fur. From there it's a hilarious, heartfelt journey from Barcelona to Bangkok in search of a cure, an explanation, and the perfect pair of tweezers.

After graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Mara Altman worked as a staff writer for The Village Voice until 2007. In 2009, HarperCollins published Altman's first book, Thanks For Coming: A Young Woman's Quest for an Orgasm, which was optioned as a comedy series by HBO. She has also written for New York Magazine and The New York Times.

Cover design by Adil Dara Kim. Cover photograph by Christopher Lane.

About the Author

After graduating from the Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism, Mara Altman worked as a staff writer for The Village Voice until 2007. In 2009, HarperCollins published Altman's first book, Thanks For Coming: A Young Woman's Quest for an Orgasm, which was optioned as a comedy series by HBO. She has also written for New York Magazine and The New York Times.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 116 KB
  • Print Length: 46 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007II00XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #118,854 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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3.0 out of 5 stars Funny Aug. 4 2013
By 3bunnies TOP 500 REVIEWER
Format:Kindle Edition
Made me laugh. I am sure it is funnier from a woman's perspective. Men might understand how hard it is to remain hairless for them and society if they were to read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Simply put - Brilliant. March 9 2012
By LDH - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Mara Altman's latest is probably the funniest thing I've read since...Sparkle. I literally laughed out loud alone in my apartment from start to finish. This is exactly what every woman wishes she could say but is entirely too terrified to do it. She's even more honest in her writing than I am in my own head. She dares to do what none of us will and it's bold, to say the least. If you're a woman, if you have hair, if you're just looking to laugh yourself to sleep, please don't miss out on this. It's brilliant.
34 of 35 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "hairy-go-lucky" March 9 2012
By S. Richards - Published on Amazon.com
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For women, there is a quest to be hairless and fuzz free, smooth and beautiful, but some of us just have it harder than others. The author is coming clean here, confessing to her soon-to-be husband (and to us) that she is more than she appears; she is a bearded lady in disguise. She even discloses the little happy trail and the nipple hair dilemma, and I had a good laugh at that.

As a woman who unfortunately also has an absurd amount of body hair herself, I found great humor and sympathy in this kindle single. I laughed and I identified way too much with Altman's struggle. I was feeling her pain. Her story is very personal and funny and bold. And what I see most of all in this memoir is a camaraderie among women, that laugh at you and at me, as we see and recognize a piece of ourselves and our own hapless vanity.

I was amazed at her bravery and gutsy honesty. Altman just let it all out, the truth in all its natural and hairy glory for everyone to see, and I appreciated that. The writing here is kind of tongue in cheek but still sharp. Even as certain details are painfully embarrassing, there is still an almost gentle, have-a-laugh-at-my-expense humor to the piece. Smart and funny writing with a drollness to it, this kindle single is very enjoyable, and I couldn't help but see myself in it.

Note: 780 kindle locations, and there is some adult language within.
33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Bearded Lady, Funny but NOT at the same time. March 25 2012
By ladylucious - Published on Amazon.com
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I bought this book based on reviews that its funny. I wanted to read a comic book as a break. Don't get be wrong, she starts with humor narrating her experiences, trauma, and struggle of every women, the unwanted body hairs. But then, she deviates from her personal narration of her experiences to interviews. She gets into peoples opinion why is it ok or not ok to remove hairs and tries to get into history of hair removal etc. At this point when she starts interviewing, the book becomes boring, shallow and just an opinionated view of various people from beauty editors to academic professors. The book loses its humor and becomes a drag. Had she stayed and elaborated her personal experiences, the book would have been much better. The interviews and loose research on history of hair loses its charm. I gave her 3 stars because her narration at the beginning is so at ease to follow. As a audience I don't lose her as a story teller. She speaks to me directly at the beginning in funny ways but then she loses it midway and becomes boring towards the end.

I finished the book from start to finish in less than 2 hours on a Sunday afternoon. It is a short read.
17 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Freeing! March 9 2012
By Pipsgran - Published on Amazon.com
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Mara has a way of turning our painful secrets into hilarious truths! Even the hairs on my chiny, chin, chin enjoyed this journey.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Empowering...to a point March 10 2012
By Blazerilla - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
This extended essay (it's too short to be called a book) is one of the most personally meaningful, empowering things I've ever read. Please don't ask me why. It's embarrassing to say.
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