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Leifer uses her background in stand-up comedy to good effect in her collection of easy-to-read, column-length pieces that range from her finding her lesbian sexual identity at 40 (“If I don’t sleep with a woman soon, I think I’ll kill myself”) to her childhood disappointment at her dad’s “bargain” gift of a cheap Babblin’ Barbara doll instead of the A-list Chatty Cathy she yearned for. Babblin’ Babs was “a train wreck reeking of cheap Taiwanese sweatshop child-labor plastic . . . a speech-impaired whore . . . you didn’t want to play with as much as rush her to the emergency room.” Along the way she offers breezy observations on Jews celebrating Gentile holidays à la Jews for Jesus—“like vegans for Burger King”—and her heartfelt conversion to animal adoption that led to her current household of seven dogs, all rescues that have changed everything: “My life without loving animals is unimaginable to me now. It’s like living without air, without music.” All in all, Leifer presents a charming mix of outrageous fun shot through with poignant affirmation. --Whitney Scott --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
“This book reflects the wise, knowing person Carol has become, and the hysterically funny one she always was. I recommend it highly - its strong enough for a man...but made for a woman. I couldn’t put it down.”—Bill Maher
“These essays have stirred in me a foreign, disgusting and heretofore dormant urge to hug someone, in this case the author. If I become human as a result of reading this, so help me God I will sue her for every dollar she makes from this profound, insightful, and hilarious book.”—Larry David
“I discovered Carol Leifer at an open mike night in the late 70's on the Upper East Side of Manhattan. It didn't take me two seconds to realize how special her talent is. (Two seconds, that's how good I am, by the way). But she really has one of the most uniquely hilarious minds of anyone I've ever met. We have worked together on countless projects. If you have never heard how she thinks, this book is the perfect introduction.”—Jerry Seinfeld
“Deeply honest, inspiring, and funny. This is a book about the unpredictability of life and finding yourself that is written by a very, very funny woman. Read this now before it's made into a movie, so you can join me in saying, "I liked the book better!"
Trust me: I'm generally as accurate as Seinfeld. It's really a winner.”—Garry Shandling
“Carol and I go way back. I'm not exactly sure what that means but we've known each other for a long time. Here's what I know about Carol. She's funny, she's smart, she's kind and she's a good writer. You will find out all of those things for yourself when you read this book. I laughed, I cried, (but that's because I leaned back laughing and hit my head on the wall). I think you'll enjoy this book as much as I did-except for the part when I hit my head.”—Ellen DeGeneres
“You'll love this. It's the best book ever.”—Chris Rock
“Carol Leifer is one of the most sane funny folks around—her book is full of love light and laughter. Her take on the world will make u smile and warm your heart. So buy it already.”—Rosie O'Donnell
“Carol Leifer's book is the perfect antidote to aging. If laughter is the best medicine, then her writing is an amazing beauty treatment. It's like a clay mask for the soul.”—Margaret Cho
From the Hardcover edition.
Not what I expected. Not sure why the title. It is just one line in the book. Maybe because she talks about getting older in a few chapters. Read morePublished 4 months ago by J. Spurway
Great read! Carol Leifer is a very funny comedianne and it comes through in her writing!Published 12 months ago by Elise C.
This mixture of Jewish jokes which Joan Rivers told decades ago and stories about coming out which Ellen DeGeneres would cut as neither funny nor insightful is not horrible, but... Read morePublished 13 months ago by David
An amusing work. This seems to be a collection of columns or essays. Still, I enjoy her work (haven't seen her do stand-up for quite a while) and worth the Kindle price. Read morePublished 14 months ago by Chad R. Larson
Found myself identifying with so many of Carol's wry observations. Light hearted yet deep. Will definitely gift this to others...Published 14 months ago by Aerwryq
Listened to this on a long drive. The first few chapters were more interesting than the last few. Found it a little redundant. However, she certainly has a good sense of humor.Published 17 months ago by Hannah
There are three things about comedian Carol Leifer's book, "When You Lie About Your Age, The Terrorists Win: Reflections On Looking In The Mirror," that appealed to me. Read morePublished on November 8, 2011 by Donald B. Ardell
What a surprise! What a funny and wise book. It is going into my "keep" file. Most of the books I read are given away. This one I will keep.Published on June 16, 2011 by J. Mogol