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I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 (Englisch) Gebundene Ausgabe – 6. März 2014


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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

“You might think, judging from the pink Granny panties on the cover, and the title…that Annabelle Gurwitch's book was a sort of literary "Menopause: The Musical." Fortunately, it's anything but. In addition to having a career as a working actress (and non-working, as she chronicled in an earlier book and documentary, Fired!) Gurwitch is an absolutely hilarious writer.”—Kristi Turnquist, The Oregonian

“[L]ighthearted, of-the-moment essays that address the many ups and downs of life at 50….highly likable.”
Kirkus
 
“The essays in I See You Made an Effort touch on such familiar subjects as feeling invisible as 50 nears, being mother to an easily embarrassed teenage son, and the dubious medicinal value of so-called "cosmecueticals." But Gurwitch…recounts her adventures in the aging process with a distinctive voice, both sharp and likably self-deprecating.”
—OregonLive.com
  
“Gurwitch has been aptly compared to Nora Ephron, she has the wry manner of Julia Sweeney, and has the smarts of Tina Fey. Wit and humor make these real-life tribulations a lot more fun - when you can't turn back the hands on the clock, you can't beat having a hilarious friend in Ms. Gurwitch to see you through, laughing.”
—Everyday Ebook Review
 
“[Annabelle Gurwitch’s] unflinching and wickedly funny coming-of-middle-age story confronts the inevitable grit and glory of reaching the autumn of one's life.”—Amanda Montell, Time Out LA

“Annabelle Gurwitch takes us on a tour of the cruelest American punishment—female middle age—and along the way manages to highlight the existential questions that haunt every woman turning 50. Read, if you dare, I See You Made an Effort, and you will exit laughing at this rich display of Vintage Annabelle.”—Caitlin Flanagan, author of Girl Land and Goodbye to All

“The stories in Annabelle Gurwitch's book are unexpected, imaginative and her observations just plain cracked me up. It's so great it should be required reading for everyone between the ages of 40 and death. Scratch that—even after death it's a must-read.” —Bill Maher

“In this heartfelt and hilarious book, Annabelle Gurwitch infuses her razor-sharp wit with uncommon vulnerability and grace. Gurwitch bravely shines a light into the darkest corners of her soul and somehow you still come away laughing. You will feel like you are curled up on her couch, sharing a glass of wine and doing that rare and wonderful thing: connecting.”
—Jillian Lauren, author of the New York Times bestselling Some Girls

I See You Made an Effort is so funny, humble, and nutty that you'll wish Annabelle Gurwitch lived next door. I laughed and commiserated with all the indignities of getting a wee bit older in a youth-obsessed world. I teared up at her on-going frustrations with her teenager, which mirror my own. I enjoyed her open hostility and deep love toward her husband, which also (don't tell anyone) mirrors my own. After reading this book, you won't feel alone in your secret thoughts anymore. And you'll laugh really hard—the frosting on the cake!” —Julia Sweeney, author of If It’s Not One Thing, It’s Your Mother
 
“Smart, hilarious, and deeply moving, I See You Made an Effort captures the highs (few) and lows (more than a few) of not just turning fifty, but turning fifty in our time. From “having work done,” to mothering a mortified teenage son, to revealing the truth about married sex, Gurwitch lays bare the harsh reality of hitting the half-century mark in a way that keeps you simultaneously laughing and turning pages.” —Cathi Hanauer, author of Gone and editor of The Bitch in the House

“Hooray for Annabelle Gurwitch, whose funny and clear-eyed book proves that the best way to face aging is with copious amounts of laughter. Peals not peels!” —Henry Alford, author of Would It Kill You to Stop Doing That?
 
“Annabelle Gurwitch proves that fifty is the new funny! I See You Made an Effort is a hilarious romp through mid-life's ups and downs, sags and droops, younger men and rompers and the voices of our mothers.” —Lisa Bloom, author of Think and Swagger
 
“Annabelle Gurwitch was always one of my favorite actresses, and now she's become one of my favorite writers. Her riff on living at “the intersection of feminism and Feministing” stayed with me. With as much heart as social commentary, I See You Made an Effort is ultimately not about aging out of anything—it's about aging into a bigger and better version of yourself than your younger self ever imagined.”
—Jill Soloway, director, producer of Grey’s Anatomy and Six Feet Under, and author of Tiny Ladies in Shiny Pants

“Annabelle Gurwitch is the child prodigy of the literature on aging. At the youthful age of fifty, when most of us are stealthily burning our AARP magazines so the neighbors don't find them in the recycling, she has figured out how to make the humiliations of aging hilarious. The only downside of this book is that it is bound to deepen your laugh lines.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed

“Annabelle Gurwitch’s I See You Made An Effort is a little like going to get a mammogram with Lucille Ball.” —Jeanne Darst, author of Fiction Ruined My Family
 
“Annabelle Gurwitch stares into the maw of middle age and makes you laugh, cringe, hoot and holler. She turns fifty into a battle cry and a hallelujah.” —Felicity Huffman
 
“Whip smart and Ephron-funny, I See You Made an Effort is beautifully written and tender-hearted. It's a love letter in your pocket for the inevitable journey that lies ahead.” —Jane Kaczmarek

Über den Autor und weitere Mitwirkende

Annabelle Gurwitch is an actress and author of You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up, a self-hurt marital memoir co-written with her husband, Jeff Kahn, now a theatrical play in its third national tour; and Fired! Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized & Dismissed. Her Fired! documentary premiered as a Showtime Comedy Special and played film festivals around the world. Gurwitch gained a loyal comedic following during her numerous years co-hosting the cult favorite, Dinner & a Movie; her acting credits include Dexter, Boston Legal, Seinfeld, Melvin Goes to Dinner, The Shaggy Dog and Not Necessarily The News on HBO. Most recently, she starred in the adaptation of Grace Paley’s A Coney Island Christmas by Pulitzer Prize winning playwright Donald Margulies at The Geffen Playhouse. Live appearances include New York Comedy Festival, 92nd St Y, Upright Citizens Brigade and story salons in both New York and Los Angeles. She has served as a regular commentator on NPR and a humorist for TheNation.com.  Her writing has appeared in More, Marie Claire, Men's Health, Los Angeles Times and elsewhere. Gurwitch is a passionate environmentalist, a reluctant atheist, and lives with her husband and son in Los Angeles.

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5.0 von 5 Sternen THANK YOU 6. März 2014
Von Dani Klein Modisett - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
Format: Gebundene Ausgabe
Someone is telling the truth about what it means to be a 50 year old woman in our increasingly youth obsessed culture. And not just any someone, but someone really funny and courageous. Annabelle Gurwitch's keen eye for detail (and humiliation) made me laugh out loud many times. It also did what my favorite books do which is help me feel a little less alone. Anyone within a stone's throw of middle age will want this on their bedside table, like a great friend whispering, "Yes, you may, in fact, be considered old now in most places other than your mother's Alzheimer's support group, but it's okay, you can still laugh."
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Something we didn't think would happen to us 19. Oktober 2014
Von Maeri - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Annabelle Gurwitch's "I See You Made an Effort" is written in a similar vein to Nora Ephron's, "I Feel Bad About My Neck," about the indignities society inflicts on aging women. Gurwitch's book is truer (and funnier) because she's not shielded by wealth and a privileged background the way Ephron was. For some strange reason, younger women tend to delude themselves into thinking that their personal attractiveness or actual talents and abilities will somehow shield them from the harsh way aging women are consistently marginalized and ignored (or ridiculed). So imagine their surprise when they start getting the old lady treatment. Getting older isn't all that bad, what's bad is being treated like an old person. That definitely hurts. Gurwitch puts a nice humorous spin on it; l particularly liked her chapter about her stay at the Beverley Hills Hotel. And her family history is fascinating and would make a great memoir. I took the book with a grain of salt since I am well past fifty. Fifty is better than sixty. Fifty is better than fifty-one. All you can do as you get older is count your blessings, scant as they seem sometimes. Altogether, an enjoyable book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Hits the "G" spot; Glib, Generous and Good 6. März 2014
Von Pop Bop - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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There are a number of just-turned-30,or 40,or 50 humor books out there, and almost all of them have their engaging aspects. They do display a considerable range of styles, from the purely jokey to the angsty and way too self-involved. This book is a nice antidote to those two extremes because it is at times both funny and insightful in a rueful and self-deprecating way. By that I mean Ms. Gurwitch knows her way around a one-liner and around an extended goof of a story, (see "AuDum at the Apple Genius Bar"), but she also has a handle on wry commentary on the state of the recently 50. The emphasis is on wry commentary - there's no over the top hysteria, no relentless kvetching, no excess. We all get older, and some of the stuff associated with that is funny, or at least can be given a good-humored spin. That's what's going on here, and it is all done with honesty, a keen eye for the absurd, and a grown up appreciation of people and their foibles and preoccupations. So, if you'd like a gentle, humorous reminder that you aren't alone as you hit 50, this could be a very nice choice.
Please note that I received a free advance ecopy of this book in exchange for a candid review. Apart from that I have no connection at all to either the author or the publisher of this book.
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Von Lynne Spreen - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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It was funny, at times laugh-out-loud, but there's an undertone of depression in it that can only emanate from a young person who believes that getting old is a complete drag. Maybe it's because of Gurwitch's unfortunate choice of careers, wherein youth is the only currency. Maybe she has been brainwashed to accept the b.s. viewpoint of the media and our stupid culture, which rewards fecundity - or the appearance thereof - to the exclusion of everything else, over brains, wit, humor, style, experience, or knowing how to size up a con in 10 seconds instead of marrying him. I guess at 60 it's not that interesting to me anymore to hear young people opine on what it's going to be like to get old. For example, this dud: "I am not becoming anything anymore. That's the kind of thudding honesty that occurs at fifty." Come on, Annabelle, pull up those pink ruffly granny pants and stop whining. I became an author at 58, WAY after I was dead, ya big crybaby.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Laugh Out Loud Stories: "Those 50's Moments"..... 21. Mai 2014
Von missmickee/bookreview - Veröffentlicht auf Amazon.com
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Youth is a gift of nature, but age is a work of art... ~ Carson Kanin

"I See You Made An Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50" by author/actress Annabelle Gurwitch, is a laugh out loud inspiring new funny book that addresses the finer aspects of aging as gracefully as possible.. or, sometimes not so much. Some of the chapter titles are especially telling: "I'm Meditating as Fast as I Can", "Marauding Through The Middle Ages", "I See You Made an Effort", "Monster Ball", "Area 51".

Ms. Gurwitch moved to Los Angeles, CA. in 1989, receiving numerous TV and film offers. While working on Woody Allen's "Writers Block" (2003), the production was a flop and she was fired. Devastated, her career went in an unexpected direction, involving more theater, documentary production, she wrote a lot more, including a book, was an NPR commentator, activist, and made guest appearances on TV talk shows. In the chapter "Hollywood Adjacent": Gurwitch still loves acting/preforming, but is realistic about where the direction of her career is not going. She hasn't ever been a famous Hollywood star, and "Hollywood is a machine to build the careers of very young people." according to Gurwitch.

When Gurwitch visited a high end beauty boutique, she was startled at pricey crèmes, lotions, potions etc. that eased the effects of aging/dryness. Even the glare of lip gloss could be blinding. In a discussion with her husband (television writer Jeff Kahn) he admitted he hoped in marriage there would be "more sex", where she had hoped in marriage there would be "more money". It seemed unfortunate that her "come hither" look likely meant she'd misplaced her reading glasses.

There was a time when Gurwitch fully believed Debbie Harry's (1979) "Die young. Stay pretty". The truth is that 50 is not the new 40, and 40 isn't the new 30 either. Age is what a person feels inside. Gurwitch is still happy for the little things in life- a warm shower for instance, and also for the fact that her hair hasn't caught on fire. I'll cherish this book always.
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