Excuse Me While I Disappear: Tales of Midlife Mayhem

Little A. Nov. 2022. 256p. ISBN 9781542033510. $24.95. MEMOIR
Best-selling author Notaro (Crossing the Horizon; Housebroken) returns to her roots—literally—with gray hair and the embrace of the inevitable menopausal mayhem in her newest side-splitting memoir. Fear in the rearview, Notaro reveals that age 50 translates to “time to get a non-negotiable colonoscopy” and “might as well steal that cup of frozen yogurt at the mall.” Discovering the transcendence of invisibility that comes with entering midlife, Notaro shares all that getting older entails with hilarious essays that cover insomnia, incontinence, and even a near-death experience with a cake plate. From narrowly escaping indoctrination into an assisted-living arrangement by her all-too-eager husband to trolling community members on, this book proves she’s only getting better—and more badass—with age, and readers can too. This author shows it’s hard work to make it to 50, but she is here to help readers transition from adult to older adult with sage advice, raucous laughs, and just the right amount of potty-mouthed language.
VERDICT Fans of Annabelle Gurwitch and Helen Ellis will likely enjoy this book as well, plus laugh out loud at this candid comedy of errors and older people.
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