Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch returns with I See You Made an Effort, a collection of essays so wickedly funny it may make you forget your last birthday. Not one to shy away from the grisly realities of middle age, the “slyly subversive” (O: The Oprah Magazine) Gurwitch confronts the various indignities faced by femmes d’un certain âge with candor, wit, and a healthy dose of hilarious self-deprecation.
Whether falling in lust at the Genius Bar, navigating the extensive - and treacherously expensive - anti-aging offerings at a department store beauty counter, coping with the assisted suicide of her best friend, negotiating the ins and outs of acceptable behavior with her teenage kid or the thudding financial reality of the “never-tirement” generation that leads her to petty theft, Gurwitch’s essays prove her a remarkably astute writer in her prime (in so many ways). Is this the beginning of the Eileen Fisher years? Where does one conduct an affair with a younger man? Is 50 the new 40? Or is 50 still just…50? Scorchingly honest, surreally and riotously funny, I See You Made an Effort is the ultimate coming-of-middle-age story and a must listen for women of all ages.
©2014 Annabelle Gurwitch (P)2013 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved. Recorded by arrangement with Blue Rider Press, a member of Penguin Group (USA) LLC, a Penguin Random House Company.
It had its moments, but all in all, it left me cold. The author has had a long career in Hollywood, and I would have been interested to hear more about that, but the focus of the book- how awful it is to be almost 50, and what it means for her nether regions, pretty much dominated the book. Why do those in Hollywood think its suddenly really funny to say the word 'vagina' casually? I don't get it. I thought the idea that women have causal and funny conversations with each other about their most intimate body parts was an invention of Judd Apatow and his crew. I would say her ubiquitous use of the phrase 'my vagina' was a generational thing but she is only 3 years younger than me. Its just not funny. I don't accept the misogynistic view that women are not as funny as men- but I also know that women who try to be as funny as men by trying to out-gross them are just not very interesting.
Anne in Happy Valley
One of the best performed, funniest memoirs I've listened to. Right up there with David Sedaris, Kristen Johnson (Guts) and that wonderful British woman (How to Be a Woman, I think).
This is a book for late female boomers -- I was born in 1960 and I think Gurwitch was born in 1961 or '62.
Her cadence, pacing, wry tone.
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