You're leaving when? : adventures in downward mobility

by Gurwitch, Annabelle,

Format: Print Book 2021
Availability: Available at 7 Libraries 7 of 7 copies
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CLP - Lawrenceville Non-Fiction Collection HQ759.43.G87 2021
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Finalist for the Thurber Prize for American Humor

"In this surprisingly upbeat memoir, Annabelle Gurwitch writes about the financial curveballs that can hit you in midlife . . . Somehow, Ms. Gurwitch manages to find humor in these setbacks. Ultimately, this is a story about harnessing resilience and learning how life's disappointments can teach you about the things that matter most." --Tara Parker-Pope, The New York Times

From the New York Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort comes a timely and hilarious chronicle of downward mobility, financial and emotional.

With signature "sharp wit" (NPR), Annabelle Gurwitch gives irreverent and empathetic voice to a generation hurtling into their next chapter with no safety net and proves that our no-frills new normal doesn't mean a deficit of humor.

In these essays, Gurwitch embraces homesharing, welcoming a housing-insecure young couple and a bunny rabbit into her home. The mother of a college student in recovery who sheds the gender binary, she relearns to parent, one pronoun at a time. She wades into the dating pool in a Miss Havisham-inspired line of lingerie and flunks the magic of tidying up.

You're Leaving When? is for anybody who thought they had a semblance of security but wound up with a fragile economy and a blankie. Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. Even in a muted Zoom.
Published Reviews
Booklist Review: "After writing all about her family in her last book of humorous essays, Wherever You Go, There They Are (2017), author and actor Gurwitch focuses her latest on herself. Navigating a divorce, Gurwitch finds herself alone in her house struggling to pay the bills while piecing together a career in the gig economy. She takes in renters (her first chosen simply because he is French and leaves her home smelling like bacon and cigarettes), applies to a program that pays a stipend to people providing temporary housing to homeless youth, tries to convince her girlfriends to build a compound of tiny houses, and gets creative about saving money. While her general take on all this is humorous, she writes with empathy and knowledge that her situation is nowhere near rock bottom. There are also many heartfelt moments, especially surrounding her nonbinary child. This is mostly fun stuff, but it's also honest, confronting difficult and unexpected situations that many middle-aged women may find themselves in. Gurwitch is an excellent companion to navigate the fraught future with."
From Booklist, Copyright (c) American Library Association. Used with permission.
Publisher's Weekly Review: "Actress Gurwitch (Wherever You Go, There They Are) examines life in Los Angeles in these delightfully snarky essays. Gurwitch writes of embracing the home-sharing trend and taking in a colorful array of roommates, most notably Jean Luc--a bacon-loving, chain-smoking 27-year-old Frenchman--and later, a young couple and their pet rabbit. She respectfully recounts supporting her former son, Ezra, as they identified as nonbinary and queer, an experience that taught her to relearn her pronouns "one day at a time." Gurwitch can find humor practically anywhere, even in articulating every Angeleno's worst fear: the probability of a major earthquake: "When the Big One hits, it's going to be a rollicking ride," she writes about her house, which is directly over an earthquake fault zone. The city's weather patterns ("Our weather forecasts should simply read: 'Biblical'‚ÄČ") are another favorite target. While her style is mostly irreverent, Gurwitch also has a serious side, which comes out in her frank writing about being a mother with a kid in rehab: "I wore my consistent lack of improvement as a badge of honor. I was reliably inept. In a world that was constantly changing, at least I was consistent." By turns bittersweet and hilarious, these spot-on musings will strike a chord with anyone stuck in a spot of bother. Agent: Lynn Johnston. (Mar.)"
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Additional Information
Subjects Middle-aged mothers -- Humor.
Mothers and daughters -- Humor.
Downward mobility (Social sciences) -- Humor.
Publisher Berkeley, California :Counterpoint,2021
Edition First hardcover edition.
Other Titles You are leaving when
Language English
Description 213 pages ; 24 cm
ISBN 9781640094475
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