Bestselling essayist Annabelle Gurwitch meets late middle age with good humor.
On this episode, author-actor-activist Annabelle Gurwitch discusses You’re Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility (Counterpoint, March 2). Best known as a longtime cohost of Dinner and a Movie on TBS, Gurwitch is the author of five hilarious essay collections, including the bestselling I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50, which was a finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor.
Kirkus: “Those only familiar with Gurwitch’s tenure on the TV show Dinner and a Movie will find that it only hinted at the Thurber Award finalist’s deceptively literate talents….In a consistently engaging narrative rich with personal anecdotes, the author pokes fun at her misadventures in love, work, and home maintenance, but she also addresses other pressing matters—economic vulnerability in the gig economy, social inequities, raising nonbinary children, friendship, homelessness, wellness fads, the challenges of a life in the arts, and the mysteries of Zoom.”
Gurwitch and host Megan Labrise discuss late middle age in the current era; the longest, richest answer in the history of Fully Booked;where Gurwitch draws the line on writing about her life; Barbara Ehrenreich; what it means to be called a “funny lady”; what it means to identify as a funny person, and much more.
Then editors Vicky Smith, Laura Simeon, Eric Liebetrau, and Laurie Muchnick join with their reading recommendations for the week.
The One Thing You’d Save by Linda Sue Park, illus. by Robert Sae-Heng (Clarion)
Our Last Echoes by Kate Alice Marshall (Viking)
How To Avoid a Climate Disaster: The Solutions We Have and the Breakthroughs We Need by Bill Gates (Knopf)
Act Your Age, Eve Brown by Talia Hibbert (Avon/HarperCollins)
Also mentioned in this episode:
A Cuban Girl’s Guide to Tea and Tomorrow by Laura Taylor Namey (Atheneum)
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Fully Booked is produced by Cabel Adkins Audio and Megan Labrise.