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When You Lie About Your Age, the Terrorists Win: Reflections on Looking in the Mirror Hardcover – Mar 10 2009

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  • Hardcover: 208 pages
  • Publisher: Villard (March 10 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345502965
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345502964
  • Product Dimensions: 14.7 x 2 x 21.8 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 295 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #1,822,170 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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“This book reflects the wise, knowing person Carol has become, and the hysterically funny one she always was. I recommend it highly - its strong enough for a man...but made for a woman. I couldn’t put it down.”—Bill Maher

“These essays have stirred in me a foreign, disgusting and heretofore dormant urge to hug someone, in this case the author. If I become human as a result of reading this, so help me God I will sue her for every dollar she makes from this profound, insightful, and hilarious book.”—Larry David

“I discovered Carol Leifer at an open mike night in the late 70's on the Upper East Side of Manhattan.  It didn't take me two seconds to realize how special her talent is.  (Two seconds, that's how good I am, by the way).   But she really has one of the most uniquely hilarious minds of anyone I've ever met.  We have worked together on countless projects.  If you have never heard how she thinks, this book is the perfect introduction.”—Jerry Seinfeld

“Deeply honest, inspiring, and funny. This is a book about the unpredictability of life and finding yourself that is written by a very, very funny woman. Read this now before it's made into a movie, so you can join me in saying, "I liked the book better!"
Trust me: I'm generally as accurate as Seinfeld. It's really a winner.”—Garry Shandling

“Carol and I go way back. I'm not exactly sure what that means but we've known each other for a long time. Here's what I know about Carol. She's funny, she's smart, she's kind and she's a good writer. You will find out all of those things for yourself when you read this book. I laughed, I cried, (but that's because I leaned back laughing and hit my head on the wall). I think you'll enjoy this book as much as I did-except for the part when I hit my head.”—Ellen DeGeneres

“You'll love this. It's the best book ever.”—Chris Rock

“Carol Leifer is one of the most sane funny folks around—her book is full of love light and laughter. Her take on the world will make u smile and warm your heart. So buy it already.”—Rosie O'Donnell

“Carol Leifer's book is the perfect antidote to aging. If laughter is the best medicine, then her writing is an amazing beauty treatment. It's like a clay mask for the soul.”—Margaret Cho

About the Author

Carol Leifer is an accomplished stand-up comedian and an Emmy-nominated writer and producer for her work on such television shows as Seinfeld, The Larry Sanders Show, Saturday Night Live, and the Academy Awards. She has starred in several of her own comedy specials, which have aired on HBO, Showtime, and Comedy Central. Her “big break” came when David Letterman unexpectedly showed up one night at the Comic Strip in New York City and caught Carol’s show. His visit led to her making twenty-five guest appearances on Late Night with David Letterman. Carol has also been seen on The Tonight Show, Real Time with Bill Maher, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, and The Oprah Winfrey Show. She starred in and created the WB sitcom Alright Already. She lives in Santa Monica with her partner, their son, and their seven rescue dogs.

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By Tami Brady HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on Aug. 20 2009
Format: Hardcover
When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win is absolutely hilarious. In this book, comedian Carol Leifer, talks openly about her life. Like us all, life has thrown her a few curve balls. For instance she found her life partner by having a lesbian fling, she decided to become a parent in her late forties, and realized that she was an animal person (subsequently rescuing quite a pack of pets).

Life is full of surprises. At the time, some may seem tragic or utterly confusing. Yet, Carol shows that everything has a humorous side. We can cry or we can choose to laugh.

I highly recommend When You Lie about Your Age, the Terrorists Win. This book will make you laugh. Like me, you'll leave this book feeling just a bit better about life and the inevitability of getting older.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Funny Aug. 1 2016
By M. Mara - Published on
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Carol Leifer has been a part of two of the best comedies ever put on television. This book though does not deal with that ( I suspect it is in her first book). But this book, written in the style of numerous essays, talks about her personal life since those shows. Discovering she was attracted to a woman after dating men her whole life, their life together, adopting strays dogs, adopting a little boy and becoming a part of her faith. A fun and interesting read.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wise and Funny Essays, Mostly About Aging July 14 2009
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This is a funny book. It's also a wise book and a touching book. The nature of the book makes all these elements just as important. The laughs here are based on liking the author and experiencing the aging process of which she speaks -- the good things, like knowing better who you are and the stuff about being able to pull a muscle by reaching too hard for something.

Carol talks about high school reunions and how it's a little easier to like someone in your same age range, because of shared experiences. That's the exact reason why this book is such a good read. We're not quite the same generation, but I'm entering the point where she points out that I'll only ever be referred to as young again if I die. (If I recall correctly, she also mentioned that "maam" is never a flattering term. As a personal aside, and not specific to anything in the book, the first time some smug salesperson refers to me as a young lady in a condescending tone -- and we've all witnessed that, haven't we -- blood will be shed.)

Carol talks a lot about her dad, and losing him. I lost my mother earlier this year. Even if the particulars are different, the feeling of losing a parent is the same and I shed a few tears over those passages -- which might not be the best thing to mention in a review for a humor book.

When I read an interesting book from or about someone famous, I tend to visit YouTube and just see what's out there to help me hear their voice. I picked a clip from early in the author's stand-up career, and even then, many years ago, she was still talking about her father tenderly. It made the stories here all the more poignant to see firsthand that this man was her inspiration and to know how hard that loss must have hit her.

She also talks a lot about her love of animals, and rescuing dogs -- topics close to my heart, even though she came to her appreciation rather late.

All of this is to say this book is enjoyable, because it allowed me to spend time in the company of someone where that's not a chore. It feels like you're having lunch with the author and sharing laughs and stories.

During a real lunch, I would have to grill her more about not knowing she was a lesbian until after forty. How do you not?

I'm very glad I read this book. Recommended for women over forty and animal lovers in particular.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud funny, and some profound insights to boot Feb. 1 2010
By sb-lynn - Published on
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This very funny book is a quick read. It's a memoir of sorts, or better described as the author's observations about life and aging.

I have always been a fan of Carol Leifer and remember her standup routines which were always favorites of mine. When I saw that she had written this book, I immediately wanted to get it. (Plus it has one of the all-time great titles.)

Leifer reflects on growing up at time when women proudly called themselves feminists, and when there was not this youthful worship of celebrities that are famous for being vapid and talentless, and who flaunt wealth and excess. She points out the importance of turning that around - and supporting those causes that will benefit women worldwide.

Leifer has some profound things to say about aging, and this is coming from someone in the entertainment business - instead of trying to deny your age, accept and face head-on that our time on this planet is limited, and that trying to look young is only going to make your time left less precious. She points out the special joys from hanging around people your own age - the shared experiences that bond us.

I know some of this sounds cliched, but Leifer has a wonderful way of expressing herself, and makes observations we can understand by talking about her upbringing and the lessons learned from her life.

Lest I forget to add, this book is hilariously funny. My husband was watching a game of basketball on TV and I kept interrupting him to read him passages.

Highly recommended. Especially for those of us getting older and trying to make peace with it all.
4.0 out of 5 stars A light and fluffy quick read Aug. 17 2016
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During these troubling times of Trump the Terrible, I rally needed to get away from news and heavy reading for awhile. This is a light autobiography with some laugh out loud moments and a bit of wisdom to go along with the wit. In a style unique, yet reminding me of Erma Bombeck, I would recommend it.
5.0 out of 5 stars A a funny yet deeply moving book. Aug. 20 2016
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I never figured out what terrorists had to do with it, but no matter, it was a great read. Every chapter carries its own philosophical message but in a way that is endearing and personal. I liked it a lot and recommend it, especially to those approaching 50.