On the first page of It's My F---ing Birthday, the unnamed narrator initiates a new tradition: every year she will write "a personal state of the union to help me chart my profits and losses." We get these annual reports in chapters, from "Thirty-Six" to the concluding "Forty mmmmppphhh." In between lie several years of angst-ridden dating and parental torment in the already hallowed tradition of Bridget Jones's Diary. There are two differences: author Merrill Markoe, who spent many years writing for David Letterman (and collecting many Emmy awards), has a considerably darker comic vision than Helen Fielding. And she also resists the temptation to pair her narrator off in the service of a happy ending. In fact, this is one woman who finds out she's happier on her own: "One great thing I have noticed about living all by myself: All of my annoying habits seem to have disappeared." --Claire Dederer --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
Who can say, with a straight face, that every birthday they've ever experienced has been the perfect occasion, with every wish granted and all dreams fulfilled? Certainly not Markoe's nameless single Anywoman, who begins journaling her yearly observations with hilarious dedication when her ex, Carl, surprises her with flowers on her 36th birthday and her parents' traditional celebratory dinner turns out to be yet again an experiment in terror. In this veteran comedy writer's first novel, seven special birthdays are analyzed with increasing insight and joie de vivre guaranteed to make this the perfect gift for all women who face birthdays with grim determination, pepper spray and sharp fingernail files. Each year, Markoe's protagonist, an L.A. art teacher, carefully writes down "What I Learned This Year That I Want to Remember" and charts her attempts to stay out of "the Hole," the place where hapless "smart, fun, attractive women in their late 30s and upward" fall into "whining, moaning, hoping for escape," keeping the reader nodding in wry agreement. Witty, biting observations include: from her 36th birthday, "No more voluntary participation in bad sex"; from her 37th, "No more shopping with Mom"; from her 38th, "Don't make a big deal out of the fact that there were no guys this year"; from her 39th, "When you have never loved at all, at least you have enough attention span left to get some reading done" and "Never continue to interact with someone who cannot define the word `soon.' " Markoe teaches the joy of laughing through pain and bubbling through toil and trouble. (Feb. 19)Forecast: As a multiple Emmy winner and the original head writer for David Letterman, the author should have no trouble promoting her book on the talk-show circuit or her five-city author tour.
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Merrill Markoe is able to take a painful subject and infuse it with humor! I love her writing.Published 7 months ago by VBookbug
The name kinda made me think twice about getting this book, but i love the other books the she has written so I decided to give it a try.. So glad I did... Read morePublished 16 months ago by pastime
Merrill Markoe is a wizard!!! My husband and I are really enjoying this book, we're almost done and it's great. And the seller got the book out fast and it's in perfect shape. Read morePublished on April 23, 2013 by C. Sanders
I bought this book thinking that the author had some respectable comedy chops. Sadly this book is just not that funny and as this was my primary reason for purchase I was... Read morePublished on September 30, 2012 by Sam Spade
What a quick read! This book is witty and light. The main character, whose name remains a mystery, has the worst relationship with her parents and even more unlucky romantic... Read morePublished on February 19, 2009 by Chiclet
The book read quickly and the author is gifted at humor.
The insights into the main character's life were interesting and entertaining. Read more
Merrill Markoe is hillarious! This book is a great pick-me-up. I enjoyed this book very much and passed it on to my family. READ IT! :)Published on November 6, 2007 by Amber L
Markoe is one of the funniest writers ever. This book is written well and is hilarious. I love the structure, too--every chapter the main character is one year older.Published on October 10, 2007 by Fish mama