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

Author(s): Annabelle Gurwitch


Actor and humourist Annabelle Gurwitch returns with this New York Times bestseller, a wickedly funny book of essays about the indignities faced by femmes d'un certain age. 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 candour, wit and a healthy dose of self-deprecation. Scorchingly honest, surreally and riotously funny, this is the ultimate coming-of (middle) age story.


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Praise for "I See You Made An Effort" **A "New York Times "bestseller** "[A] rollicking collection of essays detailing the hazards encountered when a woman approaches 50.....Gurwitch tackles all of it all with aplomb. Her witty writing allows for deft exploration of even the most sensitive and intimate subjects while still finding the humor in her situation...These essays contain a devilish good dose of fun." -"Publisher's Weekly " "A seriously funny collection of essays about teetering over the edge of 50...Gurwitch is squarely in Nora Ephron territory."--NPR.com "Annabelle Gurwitch is a funny woman....At the center of the book is a serious question: How are we supposed to age? She convincingly argues that there is no longer a template."--Judith Newman, "The New York Times " "Growing older may not be a picnic, but Annabelle packs her literary basket with riotous turns in "I See You Made an Effort," her very funny, keen observations on middle age...Humor and sarcasm may serve as the driving force behind each of these essays, but profound insight into the absurdities of modern middle age ultimately infuses Gurwitch's smart, searing wit."--"Shelf Awareness "(starred) "Whatever you do, do not mistake "I See You Made an Effort" as some kind of chick-lit book, because Annabelle Gurwitch's essay collection about middle age is far from it. Rather, it's a spot-on series of reflections on women in their 40s and 50s -- the things they endure in the name of vanity and how society dictates so many of those things....But with each essay, or section, before she drags us down too far, she comes back with wit and another honest look at aging.... with a certain sense of humor and humility about getting older and learning to live with it."--Amanda St. Armand, "St. Louis Post-Dispatch" "Gurwitch confronts ageing the way we all should--with a healthy dose of hilarious self-deprecation."--"Mrs. Robinson Magazine " "Whatev

Annabelle Gurwitch lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles.

General Fields

  • : 9780142181874
  • : Penguin Putnam Inc
  • : Plume
  • : March 2015
  • : 203mm X 135mm
  • : United States
  • : April 2015
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Annabelle Gurwitch
  • : Paperback
  • : 1
  • : 305.2442092
  • : 256