Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them

Kristin van Ogtrop. Little, Brown Spark, $28 (336p) ISBN 978-0-31649-749-7
Van Ogtrop (Just Let Me Lie Down), former editor of Real Simple magazine, takes a humorous look at middle age in this insightful outing. Written “for the woman who has perhaps stopped caring about things,” van Ogtrop’s essays are eminently relatable, covering the dangers of eating a salad without glasses, the joys of a Roomba vacuum cleaner, and the struggles of insomnia. “I Can Smell My Pillow” is an entertaining take on hormones: “although a woman has fifty hormones in her body, estrogen is the president and right now everything is her fault.” “The Shalom Ambulette, or How to Know if Your Career Is Over” covers van Ogtrop’s professional achievements and the tremendous loss she felt after leaving her job, and “My Fratermily” is a funny take on the messiness of living with three sons. Nearly every topic is fair game—droopy breasts, losing friends, and trying to keep up with her children as they jump from Facebook to Twitter to Instagram (the author raises the white flag at Snapchat)—and van Ogtrop’s tone is casual and welcoming. This thoughtful, quirky mix of meditations hits the spot. Agent: Richard Pine, InkWell Management. (Apr.)
Reviewed on : 04/20/2021
Release date: 04/01/2021
Genre: Nonfiction
Paperback - 336 pages - 978-0-316-49750-3
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