Best Annabelle Gurwitch books

Wherever You Go, There They Are: Stories About My Family You Might Relate To

Annabelle Gurwitch

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A hysterically funny and slyly insightful new collection of essays from New York Times bestselling author Annabelle Gurwitch, about her own family of scam artists and hucksters, as well as the sisterhoods, temporary tribes, communities, and cults who have become surrogates along the way.

When Annabelle Gurwitch was a child, surrounded by a cast of epically dysfunctional relatives, she secretly prayed that it was all a terrible mistake. Maybe she was a long-lost daughter of Joni Mitchell or the reincarnation of an ancient Egyptian princess. A family of bootleggers, gamblers, and philanderers, the Gurwitches have always been a bit vague on the ideal of a loving and supportive family. Their definition includes people you can count on to borrow money from, hold a grudge against, or blackmail. Thus began a lifetime of Annabelle seeking out surrogates. If she’s learned anything, it’s that no matter how hard you try to escape a crazy family, you just end up in another crazy family.
 
With a wry wit and healthy dose of irresistible self-deprecation, Gurwitch asks: Who and what makes a family in our modern society? Is it our blood relations, the people we work with, the people we pray with, our pets? Gurwitch delves into her Shalom Y'all tribe's southern Jewish roots, along with the confederacies she’s joined by accident or on purpose, and treats us to a glimpse of life with theater folk, a band of cosplaying Furries, pet people, a UFO cult, and secular humanist fellowships while exploring the fragility of sisterhood and the spec­tacularly daunting search for the community where her aging parents will spend the last chapter of their lives.
 
By turns hilarious and deeply moving, Wherever You Go, There They Are is a must-read for anyone who’s even occasionally been frustrated by the people they share carbohydrate-laden meals with every year.

I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50

Annabelle Gurwitch

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“Annabelle Gurwitch is the child prodigy of the literature on aging. The only downside of this book is that it is bound to deepen your laugh lines.”—Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed
 
Actor and humorist Annabelle Gurwitch returns with a wickedly funny book of essays about the indignities faced by femmes d’un certain âge. Whether she is falling in lust at the Genius Bar, coping with her best friend’s assisted suicide, or navigating the extensive—and treacherously expensive—anti-aging offerings at the beauty counter, Gurwitch confronts middle age with candor, wit, and a healthy dose of self-deprecation. Scorchingly honest, surreally and riotously funny, I See You Made an Effort is the ultimate coming-of-middle-age story and according to Bill Maher, "it should be required reading for anyone between the ages of 40 and death. Scratch that—even after death, it's a must read."

You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up: A Love Story

Annabelle Gurwitch

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In this hilarious and ultimately moving memoir, comedians and real-life married couple Annabelle Gurwitch and Jeff Kahn prove that in marriage, all you need is love—and a healthy dose of complaining, codependence, and pinot noir.
 
After thirteen years of being married, Annabelle and Jeff have found “We’re just not that into us.” Instead of giving up, they’ve held their relationship together by ignoring conventional wisdom and fostering a lack of intimacy, by using parenting as a competitive sport, and by dropping out of couples therapy. The he-said/she-said chronicle of their intense but loving marriage includes an unsentimental account of the medical odyssey that their family embarked upon after their infant son was diagnosed with VACTERL, a very rare series of birth defects. Annabelle and Jeff’s unforgivingly raw, uproariously funny story is sure to strike both laughter and terror in the hearts of all couples (not to mention every single man or woman who is contemplating the connubial state).
 
Serving up equal parts sincerity and cynicism, You Say Tomato, I Say Shut Up is a laugh-out-loud must-read for everyone who has come to realize that being “in love” can only get you so far.
 
On Cohabitation
He says: “Within days of Annabelle’s arrival, I became very aware that she demanded solitude and had the housekeeping habits of a feral animal.”

She says:
“The guy had some sort of nudity radar. When I would take my clothes off for even a second, Jeff would be in front of me cheering as if he’d scored box seats at Fenway Park.”
 
On Sex
He says: “I want to have sex every day, but Annabelle only wants to do it once a week. So we compromise: we have sex once a week.”

She says:
“Jeff says talking about money before you have sex is a turnoff, but it’s only a turnoff if you’re talking about not having money. Talking about money before you have sex when you have money is actually a turn-on.”
 
On Pregnancy
He says: “For God’s sake, all I wanted to do was have sex without a condom for a little while; now we were moments from bringing a new life into the world!”

She says:
“My ass was expanding so fast it was like a Starbucks franchise. On every corner of my ass there was a new branch of ass opening up.”


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Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, & Dismissed

Annabelle Gurwitch

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A collection of true celebrity tales and interviews with people from all walks of life celebrates the lighter side of being terminated and includes contributions by such figures as Conan O'Brien, Patricia Heaton, and Tim Allen. 50,000 first printing.

I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival Stories from the Edge of 50 by Gurwitch Annabelle (2015-02-24) Paperback

Annabelle Gurwitch

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By Annabelle Gurwitch - I See You Made an Effort: Compliments, Indignities, and Survival (Reprint) (2015-03-11) [Paperback]

Annabelle Gurwitch

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Our Lady of 121st Street

Stephen Adly Guirgis

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In this recent Off-Broadway hit, a group of old friends find themselves at Harlem's Ortiz Funeral Home to mourn the death of a beloved nun from their childhood. As they bounce off of each other with old hurts and the harsh realities of grown-up life, a murder mystery (and a few lives) begins to unravel. Hilarious, raunchy, and ultimately very touching, Stephen Adly Guirgis is a new voice to be celebrated.

Fired! Tales of Jobs Gone Bad

Annabelle Gurwitch

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Rejection has never been so hilarious! After her role in a Woody Allen play was rethought, actress Annabelle Gurwitch was devastated. Then, she got funny. Gurwitch and a revolving cast of fellow show-biz veterans share their stories of getting fired

A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Hillary Carlip, Carl Capotorto, Illeana Douglas, Paul Feig, Dana Gould, Annabelle Gurwitch, Jason Kravitz, Sandra Tsing Loh, Taylor Negron, Paul F. Tompkins, Jim Turner, Matt Walsh, Elizabeth Warner, Charlayne Woodard and Roy Zimmerman.

Fired Again (Library Edition Audio CDs)

Annabelle Gurwitch

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If you spend time at all in the work place you're going to get laid off, downsized, let go, out-sourced, axed, terminated, canceled, canned, dismissed - FIRED! Odds are you might even get FIRED AGAIN! Annabelle Gurwitch's hugely popular book Fired: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized and Dismissed has led to the production of a hit movie in addition to the audio-play released by LA Theatre Works in 2005.

A L.A. Theatre Works full-cast performance featuring: Scott Carter, Rob Cohen, Eric Gilliland, Jonathan Groff, Annabelle Gurwitch, Jeff Kahn, Wendy Kamenoff, Dani Klein Modisett, Maxine Lapiduss, John Lehr, Carol Leifer, Cathryn Michon, Tonya Pinkins, Matt Price, Glenn Rosenblum, Jessica van der Valk, Jane Edith Wilson and Roy Zimmerman.

BY Gurwitch, Annabelle ( Author ) [{ Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed By Gurwitch, Annabelle ( Author ) Jan - 02- 2007 ( Paperback ) } ]

Annabelle Gurwitch

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BY Gurwitch, Annabelle ( Author ) [{ Fired!: Tales of the Canned, Canceled, Downsized, and Dismissed By Gurwitch, Annabelle ( Author ) Jan - 02- 2007 ( Paperback ) } ]