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When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists…

When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in…

by Carol Leifer

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Short memoir which was alternately breezy and serious, funny and sobering. I'm not sure I liked it, exactly, but I found parts of it interesting. Her relationship with her father, a funny guy, was probably my favorite part, and her getting serious about her religion in middle age was, at least for me, a big snooze. ( )
  satyridae | Apr 5, 2013 |
I saw the author's stand-up act when I went to comedy clubs in the '70s. She's an ex of Jerry Seinfeld, who I also saw during that era. Since then, she's continued to do comedy and has written for TV. She also acquired a longtime female partner, adopted a son, and became an animal lover. I could not always relate, and the book wasn't riotously funny, but it had its moments. ( )
  ennie | Mar 4, 2011 |
Carol is a stand-up comedienne who wrote a collection of humorous essays about life, her father, coming out, and dogs. Some anecdotes were funnier than others. ( )
  SeeHeidiRun | May 4, 2010 |
amusing ( )
  PegL | Mar 12, 2010 |
When comedian/writer Carole Leifer [Curb Your Enthusiasm, Seinfeld] turned 50, she decided to write it down and share it in a book. I’m a good 15 years younger than her, so I could relate to some things and other things I’m not quite there yet. I don’t have children. I’m not gay but I have gay friends. I’m not Jewish but spend a lot of time in Brookline, Mass. I’m a vegetarian. I’m a feminist and an animal rights activist. I’m liberal. The point is a good comedian and writer will bring you into her world. Leifer succeeds at times and at other times, I just thought she was treading water or re-visiting old jokes, familiar territory i.e. “I think you can stop, I’ve heard this one before.”

Leifer addresses: hiding your age; cars as “political statements”/ any statements; how she found out she was gay at age 40; her love of animals; body changes as one ages; her breast cancer scare; feminism; things men should know; fake breasts; Judaism; her father; New York; being comfortable; doctors; therapists; class reunions; and many other topics.

She delves deepest into her relationship with her father. Although he worked as an optometrist, she explains that her father had always wanted to be a comedian. Leifer had been taking adult b’nai mitzvah classes when he died. She still carries around a list of jokes he carried in his wallet. At another point, she addresses when her doctor thought a lump in her breast might be cancerous. She had just started dating Lori and the panic merely strengthened the fledgling relationship. Finally there are the normal trials and tribulations of being part of a couple. Leifer became a vegan, yet Lori continues to eat meat. Leifer wants to be buried in New York, while Lori wants them to be buried together in her family plot in California. Leifer adds some comedic moments to these serious elements of her life and there are some hits and some misses as with any comedy routine.

I knew Leifer did stand-up and wrote for Seinfeld and dated Jerry way back in the day. Other than that I didn’t know much about her. I’ve learned a few things from this book but still do not have a strong grasp of her persona. When You Lie about Your Age, The Terrorists Win is not particularly momentous. It is a fast-paced, light read. ( )
  writergal85 | Oct 4, 2009 |
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Comedy veteran Leifer tells hilarious stories about herself, in her laugh-out-loud literary debut that looks at life, love, family, and the aging process.

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