Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them

Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them

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Enjoy this hilarious and deeply insightful take on the indignities of middle age and how to weather them with grace—from the former editor-in-chief of Real Simple. "A pure pleasure to read." (Cathi Hanauer, author of Gone)
 
Do you hate the term “middle age?” So does Kristin van Ogtrop, who is still trying to come up with a less annoying way to describe those years when you find yourself both satisfied and outraged, confident and confused, full of appreciation but occasional disdain for the world around you. Like an intimate chat with your best friend, this mostly funny, sometimes sad, always affirming volume from longtime magazine journalist van Ogtrop is a celebration of that period of life when mild humiliations are significantly outweighed by a self-actualized triumph of the spirit. Finally!
 
Featuring stories from her own life, as well as anecdotes from her unwitting friends and family, van Ogtrop encourages you to laugh at the small irritations of midlife: neglectful children, stealth insomnia, forks that try to kill you, t.v. remotes that won’t find Netflix, abdominal muscles that can’t seem to get the job done. But also to acknowledge the things you may have lost:  innocence, unbridled optimism, smooth skin. Dear friends. Parents. It’s all here: the sublime and the ridiculous, living together in the pages of this book as they do in your heart, like a big messy family, in this no-better-term-for-it middle age.

Title:Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them
ISBN:9780316497497
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    Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them Reviews

  • Monnie

    Reading a book on how to deal with the indignities of middle age for me is sort of akin to locking the barn door after the horse is out (I just celebrated, or more accurately, bemoaned, my 80th birthd...

  • Erin

    Giveaway win!3.5 Stars! I know a lot of people need to feel connected to or relate to the people they read about. I'm not one of those people. I love reading about people who I share absolutely nothin...

  • Diane S ?

    My reactions to this book are mixed. I picked it up wanting some humor and there are some stories that I did find humorous. Others I felt she tried too hard, or I just wasn't interested. Surprisingly,...

  • Jennifer

    This is an enjoyable memoir-ish book, really more a collection of mostly humorous autobiographical essays. Basically, it’s written in the style of some of today’s comedic celebrity memoirs, except...

  • Sally Koslow

    Wise, witty essays told in a distinctive voice that any woman past 40-something will love. As a friend said, Kristin van Ogtrop is the Gentile Nora Ephron....

  • Zibby Owens

    This book was perfect because the essays were bite-size and so funny—relatable tales of work, family, love, and comic mishaps along the way. It talked about some of the indignities of middle age and...

  • Geri

    Simply delightful. I laughed (repeatedly), cried, and nodded my head in agreement as essay after essay resonated with me. I have no doubt women who have reached a certain age will enjoy this book. Nor...

  • Terzah

    I don't have an older sister, but if I did, I'd like her to be like Kristin van Ogtrop. I'm on the doorstep of the changes she laments/celebrates in this quick and easy read (and on some of them I'm f...

  • Karen Dukess

    Smart, funny, and unfailingly honest, Kristin van Ogtrop is the ideal companion for traversing the bumpy roads of midlife. Whether chronicling the rollercoaster of insomnia, the challenge of parenting...

  • Mary Novaria

    I’m Saying it Out Loud: I Love This Book My friend Judy and I ordered this book immediately after The Strand bookstore introduced us to Kristin van Ogtrop during a virtual book event in April. (Auth...