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The Late Bloomer's Revolution: A Memoir    by Amy Cohen order for
Late Bloomer's Revolution
by Amy Cohen
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Hyperion, 2007 (2007)

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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Daninhirsch

Amy Cohen, a former sitcom writer for shows like Spin City and Caroline in the City, has written a memoir, The Late Bloomer's Revolution, that will likely appeal to single women.

In her youth, Cohen always envisioned she would be married with 2.3 children and a house in the suburbs. When Cohen is about thirty, her mother dies, leaving her feeling adrift. When shortly thereafter she loses both her job and her long-term boyfriend, she isolates herself from the world, spending most of her days in her dark apartment, trying to pull herself out of the abyss.

Cohen spends a few years trying to find the right job, the right man, and her lost self. She endures a series of seriously bad dates, a father who has more luck dating than she does, and a stint as a dating columnist, despite her lack of expertise on the subject. At age thirty-five, Cohen learns to ride a bicycle for the first time and even takes a bicycle trip, without a travel companion, to Canada.

Cohen's self-deprecating humor and her experience as a comedy writer produced several laugh out loud passages, though at times, her tone is subdued and the reader can tap in to her underlying pain and sadness. However, the book is far from depressing; it is angst-ridden but hopeful, especially when the author finally comes to appreciate who she is, and to be grateful for what her life is now as opposed to what it might or could be in the future.

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