Annabelle Gurwitch
Annabelle Gurwitch
Annabelle Gurwitch

New York Times bestselling author and activist

Annabelle Gurwitch

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ANNABELLE GURWITCH is an actress​,​ activist​,​ and New York Times bestselling author of I See You Made an Effort (a Thurber Prize finalist). Other books: Wherever You Go​,​ There They Are; You Say Tomato​,​ I Say Shut Up (w​/​ Jeff Kahn); and Fired! (also a Showtime Comedy Special). Her latest collection of essays is You're Leaving When? Adventures in Downward Mobility (counterpoint​,​ March 2nd​,​ 2021). She's currently adapting You're Leaving When? for HBO with Bill Maher producing. She’s written for The New Yorker​,​ The New York Times​,​ Los Angeles Times​,​ The Oprah Magazine​,​ The Wall Street Journal​,​ and Hadassah Magazine​,​ and Los Angeles Magazine amongst other publications. Her recent Los Angeles Times op-ed about hosting an at-risk housing insecure couple in her home was recognized with a 2020 Los Angeles Press Club excellence in journalism award. Gurwitch was the longtime cohost of Dinner & a Movie on TBS; a regular commentator on NPR; host of WA$TED for the Discovery Channel​,​ the news anchor of HBO’s award-winning Not Necessarily the News​,​ and a resident humorist for TheNation.com. Her acting credits include: Seinfeld​,​ Murphy Brown​,​ Boston Legal​,​ Dexter​,​ and Melvin Goes to Dinner. She performs on the Moth Mainstage​,​ Carolines on Broadway​,​ and at arts centers around the country. Gurwitch thought she'd be empty nesting by now; instead​,​ she lives with her cat and child—a college graduate of the COVID class of 2020. When there isn't a pandemic​,​ she tours the country with The Moth​,​ appears at performing arts centers around the country​,​and is currently focused on helping raise money and awareness for supportive and bridge housing programs. She co-hosts the Tiny Victories podcast on the Maximum Fun Podcast Network​,​ which Vulture called a “bright spot of light and laughter in 2020.”

Synopsis/Praise

Early reviews are in for You're Leaving When? Kirkus says: "Erma Bombeck meets Dorothy Parker in this topical and laugh-out-loud funny take on our modern malaise." Library Journal: “The latest from Gurwitch will have readers rolling with laughter one minute and picking up the phone to commiserate with friends or family the next.” Booklist writes: "Gurwitch is an excellent companion to navigate the fraught future with." “Annabelle Gurwich is so funny that, even when bad things happen, she writes about them in a brilliantly entertaining way.” —Dave Barry “Everyone needs a friend to guide them through the American middle class in decline, and you couldn't do better than Annabelle Gurwitch. She is sharp-eyed, un-foolable, and hilarious.” —Barbara Ehrenreich, author of Nickel and Dimed “Annabelle Gurwitch has an amazing—and very welcome—knack for wringing humor from pathos and locating sublimity in absurdity. A breezily hilarious but deeply affecting exploration of loss, human connec- tion, and mortality, You’re Leaving When? spins the humorous indignities of middle age into something like a profound meditation on the human condition.” —Carina Chocano, author of You Play the Girl “Gen X was promised the American Dream but instead found downward mobility, job insecurity, and nonstop caregiving. In her timely essays about boomerang kids, coworking, and post-divorce dating, Annabelle Gurwitch mines our generational ill luck for humor and in- sight as only a resilient latchkey kid can: with an arched brow and a gimlet eye.” —ADa Calhoun, author of the New York Times bestselling Why We Can’t Sleep: Women’s New Midlife Crisis “Annabelle Gurwitch tells stories from her life that coalesce into a kind of literary comic opera. These may feel like the worst of times, but her wit, wisdom, and inimitable weirdness (that’s a compliment) will get us through the madness. I’ll happily follow her wherever she takes me.” —Meghan Daum, author ofThe Problem with Everything: My Journey Through the New Culture Wars “Annabelle Gurwitch’s You’re Leaving When? is beyond hilarious! This ‘gray-divorced,’ yoga-pants-wearing landlady should just invite us all into her home so we can curl up like cats around her (surely soon-to-be- installed) wine bar for rap sessions about vaginal rejuvenation and radical swi ering. I loved it. A cheering midlife romp!” —Sandra Tsing Loh, author ofThe Madwoman in the Volvo “Annabelle Gurwitch’s You’re Leaving When? is a pure delight, full of am- bivalence, regret, laughter, rage, melancholy, and most important, honest observations about grappling with life’s bewildering cavalcade of sur- prises and disappointments.” —Heather Havrilesky, New York magazine’s Ask Polly Columnist

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