The Best Books To Read This April
When April showers hit, cozy up with one the books we're loving this month.
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Stealing the Show
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In 2006, the late Christopher Hitchens published an essay called "Why Women Aren't Funny." In it he proclaimed that most females—"bless their tender hearts"—lack the humor gene. Harrumph, answers Joy Press's rollicking ode to the visionaries who saw an absence of stories like theirs on TV and set out to fill the void. Stealing the Show honors these small-screen shatterers—Diane English, Shonda Rhimes, Roseanne Barr, Tina Fey, Amy Schumer, Jenji Kohan, Jill Soloway, Mindy Kaling, Lena Dunham among them—who've collectively reshaped television and its treatment of women. Here we learn that it was Amy Poehler who persuaded a reluctant Fey to play the lead in 30 Rock, reminding her it wouldn't have occurred to Jerry Seinfeld or Ray Romano that they weren't "good enough to star in a network show"; that the Gilmore Girls spoke with such fast-talking confidence, many suspected the writer was actually Aaron Sorkin; that the true calling heeded by Broad City's Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer was to create woman characters who are "unpolished and fart." Now, that's funny.
— Michelle Hart