You Don't Look Your Age...and Other Fairy Tales

You Don't Look Your Age...and Other Fairy Tales

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"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.
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Product details

  • Hardback | 255 pages
  • 147 x 211 x 25mm | 431g
  • St Martin's Press
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 1250111307
  • 9781250111302
  • 169,560

About Sheila Nevins

Sheila Nevins has a BA from Barnard and an MFA from the Yale School of Drama, and is a television producer and the 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 32 Primetime Emmy Awards, 34 News and Doc Emmy Awards, 42 Peabody Awards, and 26 Academy Awards. Nevins has won 32 individual Primetime Emmy Awards, more than any other person.
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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

This book is gorgeous. I was blown away. The piece about Nevins mother is stunning. There is such range to this collection. Funny but always honest.
Delia Ephron

Brave, honest and inspiring.
Edie Falco

Fearless! Funny! Honest! I loooove it!
Diane Von Furstenberg

Funny, sad, insightful, clever, touching! I was immediately captivated There were moments when I thought Nevins was sharing secrets with me I loved them all. This was a special read, and when I d finished I felt I d been given an unexpected present.
Barbara Taylor Bradford

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1,359 ratings
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3 35% (472)
2 14% (192)
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