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Publisher's Summary

From award-winning TV comedy writer Kari Lizer (The New Adventures of Old Christine) comes a collection of hilarious essays about the challenges of being a woman of a certain age and all that comes with it: empty nest, post #MeToo dating, aging parents, menopausal rage, unrealistic expectations, and eternal optimism.

What does it feel like to have your kids leave the house at the same time your parents might need to move in? With self-deprecating humor, sharp wit, and Ephron-esque aplomb, Kari Lizer gives an honest account of finding herself in the middle of growing up, growing old, and still figuring it all out. She finds the wry, bittersweet humor in (almost) all situations - whether it's becoming radioactive during a thyroid cancer treatment, getting fired from her volunteer work, or struggling to find her identity outside of motherhood. Aren't You Forgetting Someone? speaks to those of us who lament the invisibility of the middle-aged woman, but also revel in the unexpected delights of newfound freedom to do whatever the hell we want while no one is looking. 

©2020 Kari Lizer (P)2020 Running Press Adult

Critic Reviews

"Kari Lizer's essays are SUBLIME.... Moving and laugh- out-loud funny.... No one is a more keen observer of human behavior, of the kind we all try to hide from one another. Her writing makes me feel seen, as if I belong somewhere, and that somewhere is that magical place where Kari's pen touches paper.... Her writing makes me feel as though I am home." (Sarah Paulson)

"For years Kari Lizer has been writing truthful and incisive comedy for television, and now she's bringing her honesty and hilariousness to the classy world of books. We're all lucky for it." (Andy Richter)

"TV scriptwriter and producer Kari Lizer... debuts with a rollicking and often hilarious compilation of observations on life after her three children have departed for college.... Readers will enjoy these challenging and sweet stories." (Publishers Weekly)

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I absolutely LOVED this book!!!!

I’ve never read a book that I felt was so finely attuned to my own crazy. This was it!!! Funny. Heartwarming. Self deprecating. I can’t tell you how much this made my soul smile.

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LOVED this

A book I wished would never end. It validates all things a middle aged woman thinks and feels. Oh thank you!

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geez, my story

I laughed & cried literally, throughout the reading of this story, i listened to the audible because Kari Lizer reads it and is a wonderful storyteller. For all of you who are of a certain age , with your kids flying out of the nest and you, wondering what to do, what to do. Thanks for the laugh.

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Pretty Sure Kari Wrote This Book For Me

Perfect read (listen) for anyone facing an empty nest. Kari is funny and real - from the hilarious names of her chickens to her relatable struggle with embracing the next chapter in life. I’ve never wanted to be friends with anyone more, because Kari and I would definitely get each other.

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Loved this book!

Kari made me laugh out loud while taking me through her journey in life. Highly recommended! 5-stars!

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Relatable and funny

I recommend this book for any empty nester!
Kari is relatable and her take on life after raising kids is hilarious!

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Didn’t get past the first 10 minutes!

If you’re looking for something woke, keep listening. The Me Too movement, Donald Trump hating, white man bashing was all in the first 10 minutes. It’s her absolute right to have those opinions, I just wish the description would have reflected it. Lesson learned for me to listen to the sample first.

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I wanted to love this book, hoped to laugh aloud & hoped to relate to her struggles. Didn’t happen. Maybe because I’m older. Too old to enjoy her humor about her neurotic neediness.

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I’m not a menopausal empty nester woman but

It’s still well-written, charming, and does a beautiful job inspiring real empathy.

And it’s legitimately funny even though a broad wrote it.






Kidding. I’m kidding. I’m a terrible perpetuating horrible example of humanity just read the damn book JESUS.

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very slow and uninteresting

very uninteresting I did not enjoy it. only a few funny parts. I wish I hadn't purchased it.

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