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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Scribner (Nov. 4 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1476757887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1476757889
  • Product Dimensions: 18.7 x 2 x 23.2 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 599 g
  • Average Customer Review: 2.3 out of 5 stars 4 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #92,641 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“Science…for Her! taught me so much. I learned fun ways to freeze my eggs. I learned the best religion for my body type. I learned the whole world is going straight to hell.” (Amy Poehler, author of "Yes Please")

“I may be but a man, but Dr. Amram’s book has cottoned me to numerous new scientific hypotheses that are both fun and flirty.” (Nick Offerman, author "Paddle Your Own Canoe")

“This book was fun AND informative, and just the right size for my tiny lady hands! Most books cause my hands to bruise and chafe!”—Ellen Page (Ellen Page)

“If there’s one thing more important than science,technology, engineering, and math, it’s laughing!” (Gloria Steinem)

“It’s perfect, dada-as-hell, comedy-as-borderline art. True story: reading this book on the subway, I cackled and chuckled and laughed so hard that people gave me looks. There is also a two-page centerfold that reads KALE!!!!! in gorgeous lettering.” (Flavorwire)

"Comedian Amram brings her absurd brand of humor to a satirical take on science lessons 'tailored for the female brain'. . . An incisive parody. . . Amram hits the funny bone in all the right spots." (Publishers Weekly starred review)

"The world's most-funny and least-helpful educational book...Demented, hilarious faux-science." (Bust)

"Hilarious...An absurd blend of science with beauty and dating tips." (Library Journal)

"A hilarious feminist manifesto for the modern era." (Salon)

"Will make you laugh out loud. [Amram] also delivers a legitimate critique of sexism—with frequent detours into the absurd.” (Wired)

"[Amram's] fake textbook rocks." (GQ)

"Causes combustive laughter." (Vanity Fair)

"Why can’t women drive? Which religion is right for your body type? And what’s the deal with kale? Parks and Recreation writer Amram answers these and other very scientific questions in this satirical textbook-cum-women’s magazine. While it’s “tailored to you, ladies,” Science is a triumph that anybody with a sense of humor will appreciate." (People)

"[Megan Amram] navigates many voices: deadpan, ditzy, unhinged, stone-cold tone deaf, cuttingly lucid." (New York Magazine)

"Giddily demented." (Washington Post)

"Surreally witty." (Refinery 29)

"Hilarious yet cuttingly insightful." (Time Out New York)

"An exuberantly scathing takedown of the sexism lurking within the fun, flirty pages of women’s magazines...laugh-out-loud funny." (Boston Globe)

"One of the funniest—and most subversive—books of the year." (Esquire)

"Brilliant satire." (Interrobang)

"Exceptional, and exceptionally funny." (The Stranger)

"Ingenious." (The A.V. Club)

About the Author

Megan Amram is a writer for the NBC comedy Parks and Recreation. A 2002 Harvard graduate, she has amassed nearly 400,000 Twitter followers who enjoy her hilarious brand of off-beat humor. Her writing has appeared in McSweeney’s, Vulture, and The Awl, among others. Her viral video “Birth Control on the Bottom” prompted Jezebel to call her a “national treasure.” She lives in Los Angeles.


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Format: Hardcover
A must read for every girl (and every guy). Amram is extremely funny and her "Megan Amram" character in this is even funnier. A fantastic take on gender roles today, briliant satirizing the traditionally male-centric world of Science through a lense of the sterotypical "Women Magazine" view.
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By Kelsi TOP 500 REVIEWER on Feb. 15 2015
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I bought this book knowing it was making fun of women's magazines and I was disappointed. I was expecting it to be funnier than it was. Quite disappointing.
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Format: Kindle Edition
As an engineer and an avid lover of satire, comedy, and women's magazines I was excited by this book after hearing Megan Amram on CBC radio. Saying I was disappointed by the book is an understatement. The book does not resemble a science textbook, a woman's magazine or anything sensical really. I think I found 1 thing funny in the entire book (if you see the book in person check out the Period Ick table--it is funny), but other than that is it one nonsensical attempt at a sex joke after another. The book includes 7 blank pages in an attempt at a joke which really isn't funny and is rather wasteful. Needless to say I RETURNED this book that is how disappointed I was in it.
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This is supposed to be funny. An "expert" book written as a satire.

I tend to think I have an excellent sense of humor. I enjoy sarcastic, even caustic, but this was a DNF for me. I found very few genuinely funny parts, and after a couple chapters gave up digging for them.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9dd12cec) out of 5 stars 85 reviews
20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3189c0) out of 5 stars Lots More Hits Than Misses. (She Had Me At "Carbon Dating".) Nov. 7 2014
By Pop Bop - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This book is in the style of the successful Jon Stewart and Stephen Colbert books that consist of bits, short chapters, sidebars, throwaway lines, captioned photos, running jokes, a bit of edge and some calculated awkwardness. Like those books, there is a unifying theme but every page or two switches gears so that you get a book version of a sketch show.

Like Saturday Night Live or Second City there are some hits and some misses. When a bit is on it can be truly, honestly and bracingly funny. When a bit misses, it just means it didn't work that well for you, or it went on too long, or it just never quite came together. I don't see how you could write a book like this and have every single idea work, and I was happy to just shrug, or even skim, and move on to the next bit of funny business.

It helps that neither the book nor the author demand that you love them. The humor is mostly cheerful and based on a kind of gentle, if pointed, sarcasm. The author is funny and seems to enjoy being funny while making her point. There's enough self-deprecating humor, even if it's exaggerated, that you don't feel bullied or patronized. There's also just silliness and a lot of word play. Subverting expectations, and mocking the styles of self-help, celebrity, confessional, and similar books and magazines gives Amram a pretty big playing field and we do wander all over the map.

So, if you'd like an engaging diversion and some smart humor this might be a nice choice. (BTW - According to the "Chemistry of Food" section Paula Deen's recipe for brown rice is a bowl of white rice mixed into a bowl of melted Junior Mints. Sorry. Tiny bits like this amused me. So, be warned that this is sort of what you'll find here. For me, a couple of those little throwaways would cover the cost of the book.) Although, please note that in this case I received a free advance ecopy of the book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
37 of 53 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a2fbb04) out of 5 stars This book tastes awful! May 1 2015
By Jake Fogelnest - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
I tried to eat the book and it tasted bad!! It gave me a stomach ache when I tried to eat it!
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a305c48) out of 5 stars But she's a crazy funny lady. Feb. 28 2015
By Nat - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
The novelty wears off after a few pages. But she's a crazy funny lady.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9a3ed3b4) out of 5 stars Swing and a Miss Jan. 17 2015
By J. Edgar Mihelic, MBA - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
So......

Amram is funny on twitter. I've bought some books by people that I liked on twitter. They have been hit or miss.

Maybe it is the conceit here or something else, but this just missed for me.

The introduction starts with a joke, where it is dedicated to all these people, who are her "Best friend when...".

It's a little clever at first.

Then it goes on for ten pages. It was one of those things where I was hoping that it was funny then it stops being funny but then it gets really funny. Well, that, but it never got funny again. It was actually kryptonite for me. I tried reading a bit more, but that beginning was such a bad experience that I became very defensive as a reader and was looking for reasons to set the book aside. I did, and moved on.
11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By E. Clectic - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Kindle Edition
Science For Her is a train wreck. If you have read and enjoyed any of the fake textbooks by Colbert, the Daily Show staff, or The Onion, you are going to be heartily disappointed by this one. The last chapters in particular are abominable. Honestly, I don't know why I kept reading. One extra star for the section on anti-vaccers - the only really funny part.


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