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You Don't Look Your Age...and Other Fairy Tales Hardcover – May 2, 2017
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Alan Alda, Bob Balaban, Christine Baranski, Kathy Bates, Ellen Burstyn, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, Blythe Danner, Lena Dunham, Edie Falco, Tovah Feldshuh, Diane von Furstenberg, Whoopi Goldberg, Gayle King, Sandra Lee, Judith Light, Jenna Lyons, Audra McDonald, Janet Mock, Rosie O'Donnell, RuPaul, Liz Smith, Lesley Stahl, Gloria Steinem, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, Marlo Thomas, Lily Tomlin, and Gloria Vanderbilt.
“Thank you to Sheila Nevins for putting all this down for posterity. Women need this kind of honest excavation of the process of living.”
“This book is gorgeous. I was blown away. The piece about Nevins’ mother is stunning. There is such range to this collection. Funny but always honest.”
“Brave, honest and inspiring.”
“Fearless! Funny! Honest! I loooove it!
―Diane Von Furstenberg
“Funny, sad, insightful, clever, touching! I was immediately captivated…There were moments when I thought Nevins was sharing secrets with me…I loved them all. This was a special read, and when I’d finished I felt I’d been given an unexpected present.”
―Barbara Taylor Bradford
About the Author
Sheila Nevins has a BA from Barnard and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and is a television producer and the President of HBO Documentary Films. She has produced over one thousand documentary films for HBO and is one of the most influential people in documentary filmmaking. She has worked on productions that have been recognized with 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Doc Emmy Awards, 42 Peabody Awards, and 26 Academy Awards. Nevins has won 32 individual Primetime Emmy Awards, more than any other person.
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The author is a TV and documentary producer and has written a collection of short stories and poems. Some are about her personal experiences with moving up within the media world, while others are stories about getting older (menopause, aging and maintaining a beauty standard). Some stories are observations of people (conversations overheard), our society (her love of paper books), and even a child’s diagnosis with Tourette’s. Each story is short but interesting and entertaining.
Although I have seen the author’s work, I had never associated it with her. Honestly the title and cover caught my eye when the book was released and as I age myself, I was interested to see what she would say about it. The stories present personal struggles that many women experience (I especially was interested in the stories about women aging and gaining weight [and not being a size 8 anymore], wanting to wear what they felt comfortable in but feeling the need to fit in to their profession, and moving up in the business world). The stories about a family member with dementia and the son with a neurological disorder definitely hit home for me. And the story about Working Mom (WM) vs. the stay at home moms and the cookie sale had me laughing.
There are a lot of different stories in here that will make you experience different emotions. Some are very short and remind you of things that may have happened to you, while others are longer and may not be something you’ve experienced yet. The collection was entertaining, but I honestly wasn’t drawn to the book. I sat down daily to read some but didn’t feel the compulsion to continue reading into the night.
If you enjoy short stories about women’s experiences, then definitely check this out. You may find yourself in the pages.
Through her years heading HBO Documentary Films, Ms. Nevins helped countless filmmakers be the best storytellers they could be. You Don't Look Your Age...and Other Fairy Tales inspires us all to be the most compassionate human beings we can be.
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