Aren’t You Forgetting Someone? Essays from My Mid-Life Revenge

Running Pr. Apr. 2020. 288p. ISBN 9780762469338. $22. MEMOIR
In a series of essays, Lizer (creator, The New Adventures of Old Christine; coexecutive producer, Will & Grace) describes the various ways that a midlife crisis impacted her life. Having survived the “double hyphen” years (as a divorced, working mother), Lizer encounters new emotional challenges when her three children begin to leave the curated nest she constructed for them. While the timing could have been better, as her parents were aging and her own health wavering, the tsunami of indignities and annoyances visited on Lizer in her competitive personal and rarified professional environments prove to be hilarious and thoughtful fodder for her reflections on aging, personality, and parenting. Her attempts to create and strengthen connections via game nights and volunteer work go humorously awry in Lizer’s retelling, but she doesn’t sugarcoat tougher topics of sexism and loneliness.
VERDICT Fans of Nora Ephron will empathize and laugh along with Lizer.
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