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You Don't Look Your Age: And Other Fairy Tales

3.36  ·  Rating details ·  2,615 ratings  ·  443 reviews
For readers of Nora Ephron, Anna Quindlen, and even Lena Dunham, comes a collection of stories and essays about what women of a certain age have learned—sometimes the hard way.

In You Don’t Look Your Age, Sheila Nevins has put together an incredibly surprising, funny and poignant collection of short stories, essays, and poetry that, taken together, tell not only her life
Hardcover, 255 pages
Published May 2nd 2017 by Flatiron Books
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da AL
As with any collection of short stories, some are a lot better than others. In this case, though, every single audio reader is fabulous! Who knew that Gloria Vanderbilt reads so wonderfully? That while Judith Light is a fine actress, she's got an amazing audiobook voice? And those are just a couple of the many gems that include Rosie O'Donnel, Whoopie Goldbert, Martha Stewart, Meryl Streep, Marlo Thomas, Diane von Furstenberg, Liz Smith, & many, many more!!
Megan Johnson
Apr 02, 2017 rated it really liked it
When Meryl Streep says she loves something, I generally take that as a sign that it is almost definitely worth looking into. So when I had the opportunity to get an early book at "You Don't Look Your Age" by Sheila Nevins, I saw that Meryl Streep had already been singing it's praises and jumped on the oppportunity.

Now, I don't know much about the author, Sheila Nevins. I know that she's most well known for her work on documentaries, and that in the documentary field she's regarded as one of the
Carol (Bookaria)
Jul 20, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017, short-stories
I can't resist funny book titles!

This is a collection of short stories and essays about aging, women in the workplace, frenemies, cosmetic surgery, dieting, infidelity, benzos ("Dependent? Yes. Addicted? No!") and life in general. The tone of the book is humorous and lighthearted.

I listened to the audiobook which is narrated by a "full cast" including Christine Baranski who I love from the TV show The Good Wife, Kathy Bates who is awesome on everything, Glenn Close, Katie Couric, Whoopi
You Don't Look Your Age: And Other Fairy Tales is a fantastic collection of 45 personal essays/memoirs written by Sheila Nevins. They are incredibly honest, with some being highly emotional but most just flat out hilarious. This is a collection I will be re-reading anytime I need some validation from a strong woman about aging, the various roles we fill, or life in general. Seriously, check it out!

Note: I listened to the audiobook version of You Don't Look Your Age: And Other Fairy Tales and it
Miranda Reads

Sheila Nevins embraces what it is to be a woman in the modern era.

In this series of short stories, we learn exactly what it feels like to be a working woman in a man's world.

To feeling those first few moments of aging and eventually accepting that change.

To supporting each other through illnesses.

To feeling your adult children leaving the nest away or to find a way to keep that marriage going.

Women from all walks of life are included and celebrated in this book.

Overall - I quite liked the
Hank Stuever
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Personal essays and poetry (floetry?) and stories from the legendary Sheila Nevins, the queen of documentary film production. You should know that Sheila and I have a thing -- as the Washington Post's TV critic, I occasionally write reviews of the HBO documentaries she oversees (I review some of them, not all of them) and she is either happy or, when I don't like a film, necessarily protective and willing to push back. I love that. Which is how I came to enjoy corresponding with her over the ...more
Marthe Bijman
With reference to the title of her new biography, Sheila Nevins does indeed not look her age, which is 78 years. When I saw her interview with Charlie Rose on PBS, I was struck by how beautiful she is. She was also funny, self-deprecating, and sharp as a blade, so I immediately ordered her new book, You Don’t Look Your Age…And Other Fairy Tales, published two days ago. It is a very short, slight production and, contrary to Nevins’ stated intent, reveals only the well-disguised, carefully curated ...more
Ellyn Lem
Frustrating to read a book in its entirety knowing that the person received a book contract not due to the quality of the writing but rather the notoriety of the author. Evidence? Check out the hundreds of people named in the acknowledgments of this very slim volume of a smattering of vignettes: Meryl Streep, Martha Stewart, Katie Couric, Gloria Vanderbilt, Isaac Mizrahi, Barbara Walters, etc. ,etc.--you get the gist? Why, someone might ask, did I even pick up the book if it was this fluffy and ...more
Jan 06, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is a bunch of essays written by Sheila Nevins, who just retired as the head of the Documentary Films division of HBO. She tells the reader up front that some of the protagonists in the essays are not actually her, but rather are based on friends, acquaintances, etc., so while you are getting Nevins' point of view, the stories are not always about her life - some are how she is viewing others' lives, but you don't know which are which. Personally I found a lot of the essays as "meh." Perhaps ...more
Shaina Robbins
Oct 03, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was interested in this book because of the stellar cast of audiobook readers - Meryl Streep, Audra McDonald, Lily Tomlin, and so many more - but it ended up being a huge disappointment. Instead of being charming and witty, I found most of the essays insipid and grating. And the cover design's not even good.

The author, who is a brilliant and successful documentary maker and has every right to be fascinating, instead comes across as an out of touch rich lady who's obsessed with how beautiful she
Bree Hill
Nov 16, 2017 rated it really liked it
Gave in and checked out the audiobook after hearing Meryl Streep was one of the narrators for this book and wow! I wasn’t disappointed. These are lessons women learn during their lives at different times of their lives..and the audiobook is narrated by bad asses like Meryl Streep, Gayle King, Whoopi Goldberg and Lena Dunham so do yourself a favor..listen to the audio version!
Jun 11, 2017 rated it did not like it
I had hoped it was going to be funny, at least somewhat, that's what caught my eye and made me want to read this book in the first place. It had promise but fell so flat. Only one story really resulted in any sort of emotion and that was one about a dog dying. There was nothing humorous about this book. Honestly though it seemed very geared towards a particular age range to me. Maybe that's just me though. As someone who is nowhere near the age of the author perhaps I cannot properly appreciate ...more
Terry ~ Huntress of Erudition
I laughed and cried.
I have to say that mostly women over 40 will be able to relate to this -
Narrated by many famous voices, Sheila Nevins
memoir is enjoyable to listen to.
Mar 17, 2017 rated it liked it
I received this book for free, via Goodreads giveaways, in exchange for an honest review.

I did enjoy some of this book. It was well written, and I feel it was honest. I can't relate to most of it though, as I have not experienced, some of these things, and am quite certain that some of them I never will experience. I guess I am relatively young compared to the women who bared their souls for this book. I am from a time where things are more fortunate. I will never have to make a choice between
Mar 16, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: giveaway, didn-t-like
The author admits things most women wouldn't. An amusing take on life and it's complications real or imagined. Definitely from a privileged point of few. Hard to relate to if you aren't rich with extra money to throw around.
Susan Crowe
I really enjoyed this! Some of the stories didn't really make sense to me, hence the 4*s and not 5. i listened to the audiobook, which was read by an all-star cast. From Martha Stewart to Whoopie Goldberg. That was fun. Highly recommended. Especially if you're a woman.
Jun 03, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
There is no there there. It's just a bunch of famous people reading random thoughts
Stephanie Kelly
Mar 08, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book is a rare find. It is honest, poetic, inventive, heartbreaking and hilariously funny all in one. Nevins' eloquent and witty sentences draw the reader right in and keep them there. It makes you want to hug your mom and your dog and laugh silly about your imperfections and unattainable standards. It is a perfect love potion of equal parts fiction, nonfiction, and poetry that has me head over heels. Nevins may be known as a producer, but she is without a doubt a writer too. I feel lucky ...more
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you want to read about Sheila's nevins documentary career then this is not the book for you. This book is an eclectic mix of short stories and poems. The stories take you through a variety of emotions , from laughing out loud to crying and everything in between. My favorite story was Teddy, about her sons pet hamster, I couldn't stop laughing and she made you feel like you were actually in the room with them. If you are looking for something a little different then I highly recommend this ...more
Not what I expected. From the title I thought it would include a lot of essays about aging, the social pressure to look and act younger, and things like that. But at one third of the way through I was just bored. Reading about random people's infidelity, cosmetic surgeries, not-very-good bits of poetry, hamster, etc., doesn't interest me. I felt I was wasting my time reading this so I stopped. If you're looking for insight into our society and women aging, don't look here.
Oct 20, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: did-not-finish
1/4 audio discs completed.

This audio book at the library jumped out at me because of all the stories by famous women, such as Lena Dunham and Kathy Bates. However, after the first couple of short stories, I realized the stories were just READ by celebrities (not written by them, just one author) and that many of the stories were fiction - not at all what I wanted. The writing was good, but I didn't find the stories interesting at all, so decided to bail.
Jan 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a beautiful collection of short stories. Some I liked better than others. I loved the one read by Rosie O’Donnell about a son with Tourette’s syndrome. It was so raw and struck me right in the heart. There are so many amazing women who read each story (on audio) and I found it fun to try to place the familiar voices when you recognize them from other shows and movies (Carmella Soprano!)
Susan Beck
Nov 10, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Interesting short stories read by many well known actors including Alan Alda, Blythe Danner, Gloria Vanderbilt, Lily Tomlin, Marlo Thomas and Meryl Streep.
Focus is really on the aging woman.
I enjoyed it, although sometimes, the truth is depressing.
I would recommend to friends interested in aging issues.
You do laugh out loud!
I thought this would be light and funny. However, it was full of stories of cheating, dying children and dogs, work problems. Too much of a downer for me.
Jul 17, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
(Actually a 3.5, due to the extraordinariness of a few of the essays.) Wow, did I race through this collection of very short stories, musings, memories, and observations on a life and its experiences. While I hadn’t heard of Sheila Nevins, an acclaimed HBO documentary producer, before reading You Don't Look Your Age, I certainly got to know her, warts and all, through her honest, poignant, humorous reflection. I love tha, after years of working on documenting real life from behind the camera, ...more
Gail Baugniet
May 27, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received this as a Goodreads Giveaway. Love the title, and knew I would relate to some of the stories as I have heard the comment more than once: "You don't look your age" to which I reply, "This is what -- -- (age) looks like." I do admit to being devastated when friends talked me into playing the carnival guess-your-age game and the carny guy guessed my age on the nose! (56 at the time when I was still pretending to be 35.)

As it turns out, there were not many stories in the book I could relate
Jul 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
5 Stars - Audio. 4.5 Stars - Book

Great book for women to appreciate our lives, each other, and our accomplishments. I read the book and listened to the audio. The audio brings the words alive, especially because you'll recognize most of the voices reading. Each person does their particular chapter's subject, worthy justice. Brilliant! A must listen.

The last chapter, read by Meryl Streep, was a real event that brought about Sheila Nevins' career in making documentaries. It's beautiful, poetic,
Jun 24, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed the short story format where you get bits and pieces of the author's perspective on life. I just didn't feel like she was very open or gave enough of herself to make it a truly good read. I also had a lot of trouble relating to her experiences as they leaned more toward rich, privileged, and powerful, rather than things that cross all lines and anyone could understand.
Dec 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I listened to the audio of this and I am certain it had to add to the immense enjoyment. An all star cast of amazing narrators: Glenn Close, Ru Paul, Ellen Burstyn, just to name a few. I laughed, and balked and cried. It was really a great listen and several stories were so relevant to today's headlines I was surprised to see it hadn't just been published yesterday.
Sherri Thacker
Did not finish this book. I was expecting it to be funny and hoping I could relate to some of the short stories but it wasn't funny at all and I related to NOTHING in the book. Worst book of the year!
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Sheila Nevins is an American television producer and the former President of HBO Documentary Films. She has produced over one thousand documentary films for HBO and is one of the most influential people in documentary filmmaking. She has worked on productions that have been recognized with 35 News and Documentary Emmy Awards, 42 Peabody Awards, and 26 Academy Awards. Nevins has won 32 individual ...more