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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.
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By Colleen on 08-29-15
Enjoyable memoir by a comedienne, not a comedy
This is a great "coming of age" memoir, but just a different age than we are used to. Covers the full spectrum of life from the competing demands from kids and parents, career and family, financial security versus artistic satisfaction. While she is often funny, this is not a comedy so some people may be put off by that. But comediennes are people and they have real lives that includes more than telling jokes.
She goes into brutal detail about the indignities of aging. Not only the physical shortcomings of failing eyesight, sleep creases that don't go away for hours, vaginal dryness to the diminishing respect when aging in a youth obsessed industry. I am 45 so I am just starting this god forsaken chapter, don't know if I would appreciate it as much if I were too much younger.
The only thing I didn't like was the coverage of her time in a cult. It was ancient history but somehow she put it in, perhaps feeling like she had to cover it to be honest about her past but I didn't think it added anything. Also, I wanted to know who her rich successful friend was!!! I thought maybe Bill Maher because they are close, but then she mentioned wife. Didn't think it was Seinfeld, but maybe. Anyway rich and famous friend- your secret is safe with Annabelle!!
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