I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

Annabelle Gurwitch

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0142181870

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

Annabelle Gurwitch

Language: English

Pages: 256

ISBN: 0142181870

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


“Annabelle Gurwitch is the child prodigy of the literature on aging. The only downside of this book is that it is bound to deepen your laugh lines.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
 
Actor and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch returns with a wickedly funny book of essays about the indignities faced by femmes d’un certain âge. Whether she is falling in lust at the Genius Bar, coping with her best friend’s assisted suicide, or navigating the extensive—and treacherously expensive—anti-aging offerings at the beauty counter, Gurwitch confronts middle age with candor, wit, and a healthy dose of self-deprecation. Scorchingly honest, surreally and riotously funny, I See You Made an Effort is the ultimate coming-of-middle-age story and according to Bill Maher, "it should be required reading for anyone between the ages of 40 and death. Scratch that- even after death, it's a must read."

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top of the market and have transformed their home into a spacious manse with a meticulously well-maintained native-plant zero-scaping, stone fountains, and imported olive trees that had to be lowered by cranes into the front yard terracing. I catch a glimpse of their sleek, powerful new Sub-Zero stainless steel refrigerator in their newly renovated kitchen. Mon dieu, it’s got French doors. On the other side of our home is Tobacco Road. The Joad family’s home is sliding into disrepair; windows

my new marriage, her new career, the birth of my son, her big breakups, her parents’ declining health. We’d been like sisters for two and a half decades and were heading into our third. Our friendship was tested when she turned fifty. She’d woken up convinced that she’d been cheated out of the attention she deserved having never been married, with no children to birthday party or bar mitzvah. She insisted her closest girlfriends accompany her to sample Syrahs in the Rhône Valley. When none of us

dozen failed pilots or dreadful movies, which is how it is that I’ve acted opposite actors like Anne Hathaway, Shia LaBeouf, Uma Thurman and Patrick Stewart in movies and TV shows no one remembers. You might even have remained friendly with some of the elite. You’ll email each other, but it’s so hard to nail down plans. You will invite them to your parties, but unless you’ve scheduled around their demanding social calendar, it won’t be possible for them to put in an appearance. You’ll see them at

simultaneously reach for our reading glasses. “Should we order fries?” I ask. “For old times’ sake, we have to, don’t you think?” “They only have sweet potato. Let’s put a ton of salt on them.” “And a dipping sauce!” Carla giggles with that same piercing high-pitched laugh that first assaulted my ears in Mrs. Kramer’s fifth-grade math class. “Definitely.” If I’m going to eat something stupid, I don’t like it to be even remotely healthy. Carla looks remarkably the same as when we saw each

period during his birthday pool party. “What did you do?” Between us we have only boys, so neither of us has prepared for The Talk. “She’d locked herself in the bathroom and didn’t want me to call her mother, so I planted myself outside the door and I just kept repeating, ‘So you probably know the way things work down there,’ like I was talking about NAFTA. It got very quiet. It only took about twenty minutes, but I was so exhausted afterward I slept for sixteen hours.” “I am not ready for

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