I don't know how some writers pull it off. When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win by longtime comedy writer Carol Leifer, which was published by Villard, seems to me in form and even sometimes in subject matter - though not, of course, on a sentence-by-sentence basis - to resemble Nora Ephron's marvelously entertaining and highly successful collection of pieces called I Feel Bad About My Neck. The interesting thing is that Ephron's subtitle for the book - And Other Thoughts About Being a Woman - didn't comfortably fit her book, but works well for Leifer's.Like Ephron's collection, Leifer's book - her first - is made up of small pieces, mostly about the travails of being an aging woman (Leifer's subtitle, not too surprisingly, is Reflections on Looking in the Mirror). Both women consider what might be called life's considerable wrinkles, and especially, what occurs when gravity begins to have its way with you. And both books are filled with splendid jokes.The only problem with When You Lie is that the second half gets a little repetitious in manner. Leifer's attack never, ever seems to vary and often you can anticipate how the whole thing's going to wrap up. That doesn't mean, of course, that she doesn't manage to get in several wonderful zingers along the way.
Age and Other Related Headaches Robert Leiter Jewish Exponent; Jul 9, 2009; 226, 16; Docstoc pg. 13 Reproduced with permission of the copyright owner. Further reproduction prohibited without permission.
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