The Late Bloomer’s Revolution
A Memoir
Amy Cohen

Hyperion/Miramax Books
Hardcover/288 pages
ISBN: 978-1-4013-0002-9
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". . . Amy Cohen writes like the child of Woody Allen and Nora Ephron."

I am a sucker for memoirs, but when I saw this book I thought it was chick lit, which I feel I am too old to read. It will get shelved as chick lit most likely, as the jacket features a retro design in pink. But I am thrilled to report that this is an incredibly entertaining book by a very funny writer.

The Late Bloomer’s Revolution is about being single and wondering if you are going to stay that way. That may sound like chick lit, but it reminds me that chick lit descended from Jane Austen’s writing and that a good book is a good book no matter how you label it. Amy (like Jane Austen, she’s the kind of writer you have to call by her first name) is funny enough about dating to make it clear how she got her jobs writing sitcoms and dating columns.(She is clearly a literary relative of Candace Bushnell or Carrie Bradshaw as we Sex and the City addicts call her.) I particularly liked Amy’s account of dating a TV newsman who is disappointed to learn that she didn’t Google him after their first date.

But for my money the best, funniest, truest part of Amy’s story is her account of her relationship with her widowed father. I will resist the temptation to quote funny lines from this book, but I will give in to the urge to say that Amy Cohen writes like the child of Woody Allen and Nora Ephron. If you like to laugh, you will find this book irresistible and will want to give it to all your friends.

Reviewer: Elizabeth Hadas