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When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror Paperback – January 26, 2010
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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
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Carol talks about high school reunions and how it's a little easier to like someone in your same age range, because of shared experiences. That's the exact reason why this book is such a good read. We're not quite the same generation, but I'm entering the point where she points out that I'll only ever be referred to as young again if I die. (If I recall correctly, she also mentioned that "maam" is never a flattering term. As a personal aside, and not specific to anything in the book, the first time some smug salesperson refers to me as a young lady in a condescending tone -- and we've all witnessed that, haven't we -- blood will be shed.)
Carol talks a lot about her dad, and losing him. I lost my mother earlier this year. Even if the particulars are different, the feeling of losing a parent is the same and I shed a few tears over those passages -- which might not be the best thing to mention in a review for a humor book.
When I read an interesting book from or about someone famous, I tend to visit YouTube and just see what's out there to help me hear their voice. I picked a clip from early in the author's stand-up career, and even then, many years ago, she was still talking about her father tenderly. It made the stories here all the more poignant to see firsthand that this man was her inspiration and to know how hard that loss must have hit her.
She also talks a lot about her love of animals, and rescuing dogs -- topics close to my heart, even though she came to her appreciation rather late.
All of this is to say this book is enjoyable, because it allowed me to spend time in the company of someone where that's not a chore. It feels like you're having lunch with the author and sharing laughs and stories.
During a real lunch, I would have to grill her more about not knowing she was a lesbian until after forty. How do you not?
I'm very glad I read this book. Recommended for women over forty and animal lovers in particular.
I have always been a fan of Carol Leifer and remember her standup routines which were always favorites of mine. When I saw that she had written this book, I immediately wanted to get it. (Plus it has one of the all-time great titles.)
Leifer reflects on growing up at time when women proudly called themselves feminists, and when there was not this youthful worship of celebrities that are famous for being vapid and talentless, and who flaunt wealth and excess. She points out the importance of turning that around - and supporting those causes that will benefit women worldwide.
Leifer has some profound things to say about aging, and this is coming from someone in the entertainment business - instead of trying to deny your age, accept and face head-on that our time on this planet is limited, and that trying to look young is only going to make your time left less precious. She points out the special joys from hanging around people your own age - the shared experiences that bond us.
I know some of this sounds cliched, but Leifer has a wonderful way of expressing herself, and makes observations we can understand by talking about her upbringing and the lessons learned from her life.
Lest I forget to add, this book is hilariously funny. My husband was watching a game of basketball on TV and I kept interrupting him to read him passages.
Highly recommended. Especially for those of us getting older and trying to make peace with it all.
Although the book is very personal (Ms. Leifer's family, childhood, etc) it touches my life and my own experiences so deeply that at times I laughed or cried out loud as I was reading.
To me.....the most important quality of a best friend is "humor"... If you can't laugh about it, don't bother introducing yourself to me. Carol Leifer you succeed in meeting all the criteria of BEST FRIEND with this new book!!!! I welcome you into my heart with open arms....Thank you for this wonderful look at our lives and your comedic heroism.