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

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

by Kristin van Ogtrop


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Enjoy this hilarious and deeply insightful take on the indignities of middle age and how to weather them with grace—from the former editor-in-chief of  Real Simple. "A pure pleasure to read." (Cathi Hanauer, author of Gone)
Do you hate the term “middle age?” So does Kristin van Ogtrop, who is still trying to come up with a less annoying way to describe those years when you find yourself both satisfied and outraged, confident and confused, full of appreciation but occasional disdain for the world around you. Like an intimate chat with your best friend, this mostly funny, sometimes sad, always affirming volume from longtime magazine journalist van Ogtrop is a celebration of that period of life when mild humiliations are significantly outweighed by a self-actualized triumph of the spirit. Finally!
Featuring stories from her own life, as well as anecdotes from her unwitting friends and family, van Ogtrop encourages you to laugh at the small irritations of midlife: neglectful children, stealth insomnia, forks that try to kill you, t.v. remotes that won’t find Netflix, abdominal muscles that can’t seem to get the job done. But also to acknowledge the things you may have lost:  innocence, unbridled optimism, smooth skin. Dear friends. Parents. It’s all here: the sublime and the ridiculous, living together in the pages of this book as they do in your heart, like a big messy family, in this no-better-term-for-it middle age.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316497497
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 04/13/2021
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 91,376
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.40(h) x 1.30(d)

About the Author

Kristin van Ogtrop is the author of Just Let Me Lie Down: Necessary Terms for the Half-Insane Working Mom. The former longtime editor-in-chief of Real Simple and “The Amateur” columnist for Time, she is a literary agent at InkWell Management. Her writing has appeared in countless publications, and the New York Times bestselling collection, The Bitch in the House. She is a wife and mother of three, but sometimes loves her dogs more than anybody else.

Table of Contents

Just Happy to Be Here! 3

1 Fork Lady 13

2 Don't Make Me Rate You 49

3 I Can Smell My Pillow 53

4 Your Children: The Disappointment 63

5 How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Roomba 91

6 The Shalom Ambulette, or How to Know If Your Career Is Over 95

7 Facebook? Check. Twitter? Check. Instagram? Check. Snapchat? I Give Up 123

8 Friends, 100% 128

9 Things Fall Apart 145

10 My Own Style of She Shed: More Vodka, Less Gingerbread Trim 163

11 Rebel Love 167

12 Iris, Karl, the Bathing Ape, and Me 201

13 What We Talk About When We Talk About Love 216

14 When a Friend Dies Before the Age of Sixty 236

15 What This "Good Enough" Mother Learned from an Extraordinary Babysitter 244

16 Aging Parents and the Long Goodbye 249

17 Dear Searching: Advice for a Midlife Career Crisis 275

18 My Fratermily 301

19 Letter of Apology to a Son Graduating from College 314

20 Things 318

Acknowledgments 323

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