All library locations are closed Monday, May 28, in observance of Memorial Day.

I see you made an effort: compliments, indignities, and survival stories from the edge of 50

Book Cover
Average Rating
5 star
4 star
3 star
2 star
1 star
Varies, see individual formats and editions
Pub. Date:
Varies, see individual formats and editions

Actress and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch returns with I See You Made an Effort, a book 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 age 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 fifty the new forty? Or is fifty still just . . . fifty? Scorchingly, surreally honest and riotously triumphant, I See You Made an Effort is the ultimate coming-of-middle-age story and a must-read for women of all ages. Reading glasses not included.

Praise for I See You Made An Effort

'Annabelle Gurwitch is the child prodigy of the literature of 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

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

'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?

'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. 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

'Comedy! Tragedy! Laughter! Tears! To be clear - more laughter than tears! Be warned- I See You Made an Effort is a book about the worst thing a person can do in America- get older. Even worse- Annabelle is getting older in Hollywood of all places. A tragedy and a crime. But relax, the ego-wrenching tales in this book are funny because they happened to her , not you - yet.' Bob Odenkirk

'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. Annabelle 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

'I so relate to this brilliant and wildly hilarious latest work by Annabelle Gurwitch that, sadly, I think there is a middle-aged woman's body trying to break out of my own.' Richard Lewis

Also in this Series
More Like This
More Details
Reviews from GoodReads
Loading GoodReads Reviews.
Staff View

Grouping Information

Grouped Work ID f8ab35c7-b2a1-6aba-ab4f-5a666e616e6a
Full title i see you made an effort compliments indignities and survival stories from the edge of 50
Author gurwitch annabelle
Grouping Category book
Last Update 2018-05-24 23:05:25PM
Last Indexed 2018-05-24 23:49:46PM

Solr Details

accelerated_reader_point_value 0
accelerated_reader_reading_level 0
auth_author2 Maybrook, Jerry,
author Gurwitch, Annabelle.
author2-role Brilliance Audio (Firm)., Findaway World, LLC., Maybrook, Jerry,director., Playaway Digital Audio.
author_display Gurwitch, Annabelle
available_at_catalog Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Goodlettsville, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Main Kids, Main Library, Richland Park, Southeast
collection_catalog Audiobook, Non-Fiction
detailed_location_catalog Edmondson Pike - Adult Audiobook, Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction, Goodlettsville - Adult Audiobook, Green Hills - Adult Audiobook, Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction, Hermitage - Adult Non-Fiction, Main Library - Adult Audiobook, Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction, Richland Park - Adult Audiobook, Richland Park - Adult Non-Fiction, Southeast - Adult Audiobook
display_description "A collection of humorous essays about aging by actress and comedian Annabelle Gurwitch"--
format_catalog Book, CD audio book, Playaway, eBook
format_category_catalog Audio Books, Books, eBook
id f8ab35c7-b2a1-6aba-ab4f-5a666e616e6a
isbn 9780399166181, 9781101634721, 9781480572126, 9781480598423
item_details ils:CARL0000428441|35192045166174|Green Hills - Adult Non-Fiction|814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||Checked Out||GH||, ils:CARL0000428441|35192045166182|Richland Park - Adult Non-Fiction|814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||RP||, ils:CARL0000428441|35192045166190|Edmondson Pike - Adult Non-Fiction|814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||EP||, ils:CARL0000428441|35192045166208|Hermitage - Adult Non-Fiction|814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||HM||, ils:CARL0000428441|35192045166224|Main Library - Adult Non-Fiction|814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MN||, ils:CARL0000428442|35192045256777|Green Hills - Adult Audiobook|CD AUDIO 814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||GH||, ils:CARL0000428442|35192045256785|Main Library - Adult Audiobook|CD AUDIO 814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MN||, ils:CARL0000428442|35192045256801|Southeast - Adult Audiobook|CD AUDIO 814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||SE||, ils:CARL0000431555|35192045764846|Goodlettsville - Adult Audiobook|PLAYAWAY 814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||GO||, ils:CARL0000431555|35192045764853|Main Library - Adult Audiobook|PLAYAWAY 814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||MN||, ils:CARL0000431555|35192045764861|Edmondson Pike - Adult Audiobook|PLAYAWAY 814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||EP||, ils:CARL0000431555|35192045764879|Richland Park - Adult Audiobook|PLAYAWAY 814.54 G9819i|||1|false|false|||||On Shelf||RP||, overdrive:4205ba87-1019-4b2b-8e24-111fe87213cb|-1|Online OverDrive Collection|Online OverDrive|eBook|eBook|1|false|true|OverDrive|||Adobe EPUB eBook,OverDrive Read,Kindle Book|Available Online||||
itype_catalog , Book, CD audio book, Playaway
last_indexed 2018-05-25T04:49:46.521Z
lexile_score -1
literary_form Fiction, Non Fiction
literary_form_full Unknown
local_callnumber_catalog 814.54 G9819i, CD AUDIO 814.54 G9819i, PLAYAWAY 814.54 G9819i
owning_library_catalog Nashville Public Library
owning_location_catalog Edmondson Pike, Edmondson Pike Kids, Goodlettsville, Green Hills, Green Hills Kids, Hermitage, Hermitage Kids, Main Kids, Main Library, Richland Park, Southeast
primary_isbn 9780399166181
publishDate 2014
record_details ils:CARL0000428441|Book|Books||English|Blue Rider Press,|[2014]|240 pages ; 24 cm., ils:CARL0000428442|CD audio book|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|Brilliance Audio,|[2014]|6 audio discs (approximately 413 min.) : CD audio, digital ; 4 3/4 in., ils:CARL0000431555|Playaway|Audio Books|Unabridged.|English|Findaway World, LLC,|[2014]|1 audio media player (approximately 7 hr.) : digital, HD audio ; 3 3/8 x 2 1/8 in., overdrive:4205ba87-1019-4b2b-8e24-111fe87213cb|eBook|eBook||English|Penguin Publishing Group|2014|
recordtype grouped_work
scoping_details_catalog ils:CARL0000428441|35192045166174|Checked Out|Checked Out|false|false|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000428441|35192045166182|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000428441|35192045166190|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000428441|35192045166208|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000428441|35192045166224|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000428442|35192045256777|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000428442|35192045256785|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000428442|35192045256801|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000431555|35192045764846|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000431555|35192045764853|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000431555|35192045764861|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, ils:CARL0000431555|35192045764879|On Shelf|On Shelf|false|true|true|false|false|true||||, overdrive:4205ba87-1019-4b2b-8e24-111fe87213cb|-1|Available Online|Available Online|false|true|true|false|false|false||||
series Brilliance Audio on compact disc
series_with_volume Brilliance Audio on compact disc|
subject_facet Aging -- Humor, Audiobooks, Middle-aged women -- Humor
title_display I see you made an effort : compliments, indignities, and survival stories from the edge of 50
title_full 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, I see you made an effort : compliments, indignities, and survival stories from the edge of 50 [sound recording] / Annabelle Gurwitch, I see you made an effort [sound recording] : compliments, indignities, and survival stories from the edge of 50 / Annabelle Gurwitch
title_short I see you made an effort :
title_sub compliments, indignities, and survival stories from the edge of 50
topic_facet Aging, Audiobooks, Biography & Autobiography, Essays, Humor (Nonfiction), Middle-aged women, Nonfiction