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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 proving that our no-frills new normal doesn't mea 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 proving 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 with a reupholstered vagina 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. "What do we do when we've already reinvented in midlife?" Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. Even in a Zoom.


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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 proving that our no-frills new normal doesn't mea 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 proving 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 with a reupholstered vagina 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. "What do we do when we've already reinvented in midlife?" Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. Even in a Zoom.

30 review for You're Leaving When?: Adventures in Downward Mobility

  1. 4 out of 5

    Gretchen Rubin

    Hilarious and poignant essays about the challenges of mid-life.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Donna Boyd

    You're Leaving When: Adventures in Downward Mobility by Annabelle Gurwitch is an entertaining book. It is a look at a life with all of its disappointments, surprises, funny times and sad times. Gurwitch shares details about her divorce, post divorce dating, being the parent of a nonbinary boomerang child and renting out part of her house to a pot smoking young man from France, among other things. I found myself laughing out loud at some parts but then at others was a little sad at the author's f You're Leaving When: Adventures in Downward Mobility by Annabelle Gurwitch is an entertaining book. It is a look at a life with all of its disappointments, surprises, funny times and sad times. Gurwitch shares details about her divorce, post divorce dating, being the parent of a nonbinary boomerang child and renting out part of her house to a pot smoking young man from France, among other things. I found myself laughing out loud at some parts but then at others was a little sad at the author's financial and emotional "downward mobility". The author addresses some tough contemporary problems but she does it by sort of poking fun at how she herself has handled these same problems. More than anything, this is a story of resilience and the ability to keep moving forward regardless of what life throws at you. I highly recommend this book and thank NetGalley, the author and the publisher for providing me with a digital copy of this book prior to publication in exchange for my honest review.

  3. 5 out of 5

    (a)lyss(a)

    I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was around 3.5 stars for me. Gurwitch opens up about her life including her divorce, renting out her house, and being a parent. She talks about raising a nonbinary child and downsizing her life in middle age. It's funny and sometimes sad. Gurwitch also talks about housing houseless youth and does some examination of her own privilege. It's an interesting look at life in the US as many parents and adult chi I received a copy of this book through NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. This book was around 3.5 stars for me. Gurwitch opens up about her life including her divorce, renting out her house, and being a parent. She talks about raising a nonbinary child and downsizing her life in middle age. It's funny and sometimes sad. Gurwitch also talks about housing houseless youth and does some examination of her own privilege. It's an interesting look at life in the US as many parents and adult children are living together and trying to navigate life.

  4. 5 out of 5

    B

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I could relate on so many levels. And yet, she lives very differently than I. Some is better; some is worse. 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 proving that our no-frills new normal doesn't mean a deficit of humor. In I could relate on so many levels. And yet, she lives very differently than I. Some is better; some is worse. 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 proving 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 with a reupholstered vagina 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. "What do we do when we've already reinvented in midlife?" Gurwitch offers stories of resilience, adaptability, low-rent redemption, and the kindness of strangers. Even in a Zoom.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    This is a book of essays that embrace the idea of home-sharing. It was fantastic, and I loved the author's writing style. Humor seems to be an excellent lens in how we can look at life. Sometimes, there's nothing that can change your mood faster than finding humor in the terrible things. It's how we can laugh at life. Home-sharing is something many people have been doing, especially through the pandemic. Monetizing your home to underwrite a mortgage seems to be a feasible option. There is a scene This is a book of essays that embrace the idea of home-sharing. It was fantastic, and I loved the author's writing style. Humor seems to be an excellent lens in how we can look at life. Sometimes, there's nothing that can change your mood faster than finding humor in the terrible things. It's how we can laugh at life. Home-sharing is something many people have been doing, especially through the pandemic. Monetizing your home to underwrite a mortgage seems to be a feasible option. There is a scene where the author takes in a Frenchman as a boarder for extra money. Everything smells like duck lard and bacon. She could've written it as a woe is me" scenario. Instead, she wrote it in such a fun and visual way. There are a couple of chapters that are more "big-think" chapters like the one on retail therapy and how we think it will make everything better. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/ann...

  6. 4 out of 5

    Cara BookShelfMomma

    I would like to thank Brilliance Publishing for the free audiobook copy of this book. I would give this book 3.75 stars. This is a quick witted nonfiction memoir narrated by the author Annabelle Gurwitch (I listened to the audiobook copy). It is about a women who is is in a midlife stage, who has recently gone through a divorce and is navigating life after with a college age child. There were many things I could not relate to as I am not divorced and have younger children. But I can appreciate t I would like to thank Brilliance Publishing for the free audiobook copy of this book. I would give this book 3.75 stars. This is a quick witted nonfiction memoir narrated by the author Annabelle Gurwitch (I listened to the audiobook copy). It is about a women who is is in a midlife stage, who has recently gone through a divorce and is navigating life after with a college age child. There were many things I could not relate to as I am not divorced and have younger children. But I can appreciate the writing and humor. The two chapters that I did love were the one about spending and the examples of how we as Americans spend to much and try to keep up with others. The other chapter that I absolutely loved was when she took in two house of unstable people and told their story and her experience. I loved how she really took a chance and got to know them as people. The chapter was raw and it shows that we are all people in different circumstances. Over all it was a good book!

  7. 5 out of 5

    Melise

    I am pretty sure I am the target audience for this book. I am about the same age as Gurwitch, have a son that graduated college in 2020, just as her child did, live in Los Angeles and am experiencing many of the same thoughts and struggles as she does. I even spent an entire week trying to figure out how to fit a boarder into my 1,000 sq. ft. house just to help pay the mortgage. I laughed out loud more than once while reading; as much from a feeling of recognition as a result of her genuinely fu I am pretty sure I am the target audience for this book. I am about the same age as Gurwitch, have a son that graduated college in 2020, just as her child did, live in Los Angeles and am experiencing many of the same thoughts and struggles as she does. I even spent an entire week trying to figure out how to fit a boarder into my 1,000 sq. ft. house just to help pay the mortgage. I laughed out loud more than once while reading; as much from a feeling of recognition as a result of her genuinely funny writing. Thanks to Counterpoint Press for providing me with an advanced reading copy via NetGalley.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Amanda

    Thank you #Netgalley for the advanced copy! Annabelle shares her honest experiences of life post marriage and post child going off to college. Annabelle decides to open up her home to tenants to help cover the costs. Through this process she meets many unique people and tells her stories with a comedic approach. I also appreciated her honesty in sharing her thoughts as her son explores his gender identity and how her family recognizes the changes. I enjoyed this read by Annabelle and how she is n Thank you #Netgalley for the advanced copy! Annabelle shares her honest experiences of life post marriage and post child going off to college. Annabelle decides to open up her home to tenants to help cover the costs. Through this process she meets many unique people and tells her stories with a comedic approach. I also appreciated her honesty in sharing her thoughts as her son explores his gender identity and how her family recognizes the changes. I enjoyed this read by Annabelle and how she is navigating and reinventing herself later in life.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Alissa

    NOTE: Thank you to NetGalley for an Advanced Reader's Copy of the book which I received in exchange for an honest review. A look into the life of gig actor Annabelle Gurwitch after her husband leaves her and her child goes off to college. Come along as Annabelle takes in boarders, experiences her first Thanksgiving solo, and explores the world of wellness coaching. Having read other of Gurwitch's books, I expected a bit more humor. That said, some parts were really very entertaining, including h NOTE: Thank you to NetGalley for an Advanced Reader's Copy of the book which I received in exchange for an honest review. A look into the life of gig actor Annabelle Gurwitch after her husband leaves her and her child goes off to college. Come along as Annabelle takes in boarders, experiences her first Thanksgiving solo, and explores the world of wellness coaching. Having read other of Gurwitch's books, I expected a bit more humor. That said, some parts were really very entertaining, including her dissection of Hollywood's portrayal of women facing downward mobility in film.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Tina

    The title and the cover photo caught my attention immediately but what kept it is the honesty and humor within the pages of Gurwitch's book about reinventing---or re-establishing---yourself in midlife when you never anticipated doing so. She details real life solutions in a humorous manner, described risks she took as she made her way through her 'new normal', whatever that is, and along the way, makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. She really does make the poor decisions, silly mistakes The title and the cover photo caught my attention immediately but what kept it is the honesty and humor within the pages of Gurwitch's book about reinventing---or re-establishing---yourself in midlife when you never anticipated doing so. She details real life solutions in a humorous manner, described risks she took as she made her way through her 'new normal', whatever that is, and along the way, makes you feel comfortable in your own skin. She really does make the poor decisions, silly mistakes, goofy risks and all the good stuff we do feel just right.

  11. 4 out of 5

    Lorca Damon

    It's great to read a book that is funny and self-inspecting without being snooty or biting in its attempt at getting a laugh. Too often, memoirs that are meant to be funny and relatable leave "middle America" out in the cold while the authors bemoans the rising price of top-notch vodka, for example. There was none of that here. Gurwitch was able to laugh at herself while exploring common-enough problems and issues. I don't have to be divorced or have a child in college (although I DO have a chil It's great to read a book that is funny and self-inspecting without being snooty or biting in its attempt at getting a laugh. Too often, memoirs that are meant to be funny and relatable leave "middle America" out in the cold while the authors bemoans the rising price of top-notch vodka, for example. There was none of that here. Gurwitch was able to laugh at herself while exploring common-enough problems and issues. I don't have to be divorced or have a child in college (although I DO have a child in college!) to appreciate her take on these issues.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Murray Batt

    This collection of essays published just after the begining of the pandemic lockdown is mostly enjoyable. The one chapter reviewing recent movies assumes heavy schedule of film encounters. I have a better sense of the use of pronouns, and the two sides of parental/offspring encounters. I wouldn’t have guessed who asked the title question. House guests, including the currently homeless, sandwich generation between aging parents and ready to leave but boomeranging kids, gender and divorce issues.. This collection of essays published just after the begining of the pandemic lockdown is mostly enjoyable. The one chapter reviewing recent movies assumes heavy schedule of film encounters. I have a better sense of the use of pronouns, and the two sides of parental/offspring encounters. I wouldn’t have guessed who asked the title question. House guests, including the currently homeless, sandwich generation between aging parents and ready to leave but boomeranging kids, gender and divorce issues.....from a LA Jewish perspective.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Meredith

    **I received and voluntarily read an e-ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.** The blurb for this book made it sound like it would be both hilarious and touching. While there were humorous moments, there was nothing that actually made me laugh. Nothing that made me cry. In general, it was average at best. Overall, it was interesting, but not my favorite memoir.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Sharron

    Not what I expected, I think the descriptions of the book are wholly inaccurate. It starts out about downward mobility and house sharing, but morphs into everything else. Fortunately, the chapters about Ezra are interesting. There is one completely useless chapter about female-centric movies. It is never laugh out loud funny, but parts are humorous. I think that the book worked at all for me is because I could relate to so much of it also being a divorced Jewish mom.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Rose Hriz

    You're Leaving When? is a series of essays on middle age. From divorce to you only child leaving for college. Annabelle Gurwitch finds the comedy in each area of her life. Many women will identify with the essays and see that they are not alone if facing lifes with it's inevitable ups and downs. This book is a funny take on everyday life. Thank you to #goodreads, @counterpointpress, and @AnnabelleGurwitch for a copy of this book. You're Leaving When? is a series of essays on middle age. From divorce to you only child leaving for college. Annabelle Gurwitch finds the comedy in each area of her life. Many women will identify with the essays and see that they are not alone if facing lifes with it's inevitable ups and downs. This book is a funny take on everyday life. Thank you to #goodreads, @counterpointpress, and @AnnabelleGurwitch for a copy of this book.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Kayo

    Maybe I misread the premise of the book, but I was expecting to be more entertained than I was. Real life for sure, but didn't laugh much. A bit disappointing. Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it. Maybe I misread the premise of the book, but I was expecting to be more entertained than I was. Real life for sure, but didn't laugh much. A bit disappointing. Thanks to author, publisher and Netgalley for the chance to read this book. While I got the book for free, it had no bearing on the rating I gave it.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Lloyd Cruz

    Reading a good story like this one, I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition this April. If you are interested kindly check this link https://www.facebook.com/104455574751... for the mechanics of the writing contest this April and also, I am sharing your book in Facebook to help reach readers. Thank you Reading a good story like this one, I suggest you join NovelStar’s writing competition this April. If you are interested kindly check this link https://www.facebook.com/104455574751... for the mechanics of the writing contest this April and also, I am sharing your book in Facebook to help reach readers. Thank you

  18. 5 out of 5

    Valli

    It’s All True Gurwitch pens a frank and funny appraisal of life as a middle-aged woman navigating the punishing waves of economic insecurity, parenting, and living up to the expectations of Los Angeles and the entertainment industry. If I hadn’t lived a parallel life, I’d think she was writing fiction.

  19. 5 out of 5

    Nancy

    I always love Annabelle This book gets five stars from me because I love Annabelle's writing, her humor and her honesty, and I'm always interested in the stories she tells about her life. I always love Annabelle This book gets five stars from me because I love Annabelle's writing, her humor and her honesty, and I'm always interested in the stories she tells about her life.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Teri Rizvi

    With clear-eyed writing, Annabelle Gurwitch shows us how "to cultivate adaptability in the face of an unknown future." And she does it with equal doses of grace and humor — and a smattering of irreverence. Quite simply, she's a masterful storyteller. With clear-eyed writing, Annabelle Gurwitch shows us how "to cultivate adaptability in the face of an unknown future." And she does it with equal doses of grace and humor — and a smattering of irreverence. Quite simply, she's a masterful storyteller.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Meagan Houle

    I enjoyed this book of essays for what it was, and tried not to pick it apart too much. There are lots of laughs here, and Annabelle knows how to set a scene. I know I'm not the target audience, but overall it's a fun read. I enjoyed this book of essays for what it was, and tried not to pick it apart too much. There are lots of laughs here, and Annabelle knows how to set a scene. I know I'm not the target audience, but overall it's a fun read.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Angtburg

    Author is able to relate life stories to other current and past events to give you a feel of sitting there with her. If need a comical spin on reality, then this is a good book for those with life experiences

  23. 4 out of 5

    Joshua Mantilla

    I would recommend this book to anyone who likes romance. ... If you have some great stories like this one, you can publish it on Novel Star, just submit your story to [email protected] or [email protected]

  24. 4 out of 5

    Alice Buhlair

    She is funny. My expectations would have been set better if the cover mentioned it as a collection of essays. I skipped the second half of the chapter describing women’s role in movies. It interrupted the flow between articles.

  25. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    An absolute joy! So relatable and fun. I can’t wait to share with my book club.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Barbara

    Laugh out loud funny. Annabelle Gurwich is so observant and very relevant. I could totally relate to this book.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Cheryl

    Well written essay type memoir. I am surprised to see that most reviewers found it hilarious. I found it more sad than hilarious.

  28. 5 out of 5

    Rhonda

    Hilariously funny for the middle aged women.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Lori

    The writing is intelligent, funny, moving and genuine. I recommend this book. I have read all of Annabelle's books. :) The writing is intelligent, funny, moving and genuine. I recommend this book. I have read all of Annabelle's books. :)

  30. 4 out of 5

    Dorothy Rosby

    Loved this book! Gurwitch is so funny and so kind-hearted.

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