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Did I Say That Out Loud?: Midlife Indignities and How to Survive Them Audiobook, by Kristin van Ogtrop
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Author: Kristin van Ogtrop Narrator: Kristin van Ogtrop Publisher: Little, Brown & Company Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: April 2021 ISBN: 9781549156137
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A hilarious and deeply insightful take on the indignities of middle age and how to weather them with grace—from the former editor-in-chief of Real Simple

Do you hate the term “middle age?” So does Kristin van Ogtrop, who is still trying to come up with a less annoying way to describe those years when you find yourself both satisfied and outraged, confident and confused, full of appreciation but occasional disdain for the world around you. Like an intimate chat with your best friend, this mostly funny, sometimes sad, always affirming volume from long-time magazine journalist van Ogtrop is a celebration of that period of life when mild humiliations are—finally—significantly outweighed by a self-actualized triumph of the spirit.

Featuring stories from her own life as well as anecdotes from her unwitting friends and family, van Ogtrop encourages you to laugh at the small irritations of midlife: neglectful children, stealth insomnia, forks that try to kill you, television remotes that won’t find Netflix, abdominal muscles that can’t seem to get the job done. But it is also to acknowledge the things you may have lost: innocence, unbridled optimism, smooth skin, as well as dear friends and parents. It’s all here: the sublime and the ridiculous, living together in the pages of this book as they do in your heart, like a big messy family, in this no-better-term-for-it middle age.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Full of humor, heart, and humility, Kristin Van Ogtrop’s essays capture the mantra of the first piece in this perfect collection of meditations on middle age: Just happy to be here. I loved this book.”

    Laura Zigman, author of Separation Anxiety

  • “Like a long-awaited coffee with your smartest, savviest friend, Did I Say That Out Loud? offers comfort, connection, and cackles of the best kind of laughter—the kind that makes you feel not just understood, but seen.”

    KJ Dell’Antonia, New York Times bestselling author

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About the Author

Kristin van Ogtrop, the former editor-in-chief of Real Simple, is a literary agent at InkWell Management. Under her stewardship, Real Simple became the #1 American women’s lifestyle magazine brand with a print and digital reach of twenty-five million and was nominated for fifteen National Magazine Awards. Her blog, “Adventures in Chaos,” was nominated for a Media Industry Newsletter “Best of the Web” award, and in 2014, she was named by Fortune magazine as one of the “55 Most Influential Women on Twitter.” She is a contributor to the New York Times bestseller, The Bitch in the House, and the author of Just Let Me Lie Down