You Don't Look your Age

You Don't Look your Age

And Other Fairy Tales

Book - 2017
Average Rating:
Rate this:


"Thank you to Sheila Nevins for putting all this down for posterity. Women need this kind of honest excavation of the process of living." --Meryl Streep

An astonishingly frank, funny, poignant book for any woman who wishes they had someone who would say to them, "This happened to me, learn from my mistakes and my successes. Because you don't get smarter as you get older, you get braver."

Sheila Nevins is the best friend you never knew you had. She is your discreet confidante you can tell any secret to, your sage mentor at work who helps you navigate the often uneven playing field, your wise sister who has "been there, done that," your hysterical girlfriend whose stories about men will make laugh until you cry. Sheila Nevins is the one person who always tells it like it is.

In You Don't Look Your Age , the famed documentary producer (as President of HBO Documentary Films for over 30 years, Nevins has rightfully been credited with creating the documentary rebirth) finally steps out from behind the camera and takes her place front and center.

In these pages you will read about the real life challenges of being a woman in a man's world, what it means to be a working mother, what it's like to be an older woman in a youth-obsessed culture, the sometimes changing, often sweet truth about marriages, what being a feminist really means, and that you are in good company if your adult children don't return your phone calls.

So come, sit down, make yourself comfortable, (and for some of you, don't forget the damn reading glasses). You're in for a treat.

Publisher: New York :, Flatiron Books,, 2017
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250111302
Branch Call Number: 791.45023 Nevin
Characteristics: ix, 255 pages : illustrations


From the critics

Community Activity


Add a Comment
Oct 17, 2019

I’m 60 and can’t relate to any of these ...I’m NOT wealthy, obsessed with my looks, nor live in the vicinity of NYC. I skipped the tear jerkers about any person or animal passing.

Apr 17, 2019

The title made me think the book would offer modern retelling of traditional fairy tales. It's a collection of essays, personal stories and observations, and lesson learnt in life. I cannot really relate, and I found the book moderately interesting, but overall well-written.

Jun 09, 2017

A big-name filmmaker scrapes away the veneer of success to reveal
It's flip-side of insecurities.
Stories of Botox, midnight calls from married lovers, hilarious negotiations
With NYC. cabbies, and humiliations with grim-faced private school matrons at her son's private school.
This delightful collection of tales belongs to the' menopausal 'genre shared by Nora Ephron
(Stories about my neck...) and Sandra tsing Lol (Madwoman in the Volvo):

Age Suitability

Add Age Suitability

There are no age suitabilities for this title yet.


Add a Summary

There are no summaries for this title yet.


Add Notices

There are no notices for this title yet.


Add a Quote

There are no quotes for this title yet.

Explore Further

Browse by Call Number


Subject Headings


Find it at WPL

To Top