The author is a comedian who has written for Seinfeld, the Larry Sanders Show, and Saturday Night Live. She was known as “the real Elaine,” as the character on Seinfeld was partly based on Leifer. She was a regular on Late Night with David Letterman. Leifer’s stories are humorous personal thoughts about many topics including turning fifty, friendship, menopause, confronting illness, losing a parent, memories of growing up, undergoing therapy, facing new technology, becoming an animal lover, changing sexual orientation in mid-life, and relationships. The chapters are fast, easy reading and the reader can easily imagine the author telling these stories as stand-up comedy routines. I recommend this book as a fun read for women as the short tales are honest and touching.
Miriam Bradman Abrahams is a Cuban-born, Brooklyn-raised, Long Island-residing mom. She is Hadassah Nassau’s One Region One Book chairlady, a freelance essayist, and a certified yoga instructor who has loved reviewing books for the JBC for the past ten years.