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I'm Wearing Tunics Now: On Growing Older, Better, and a Hell of a Lot Louder (Hardcover)
An honest and hilarious memoir about second acts, self-acceptance, and celebrating what happens when a woman gets older, wiser, and a lot more excited by sales at Eileen Fisher.
A late bloomer who came to her career later in life, humorist Wendi Aarons shares the joys, stumbles, and outfit mishaps she’s experienced on her road to no longer giving a f***. It's a journey from chunky heels and bad choices from the juniors department to the panache of a comfortable linen tunic (metaphorically, but also literally), enjoying her second act and unapologetically chasing her dreams. With relatable personal anecdotes, an irresistible comedic voice, and inspirational takeaways—you, too, can find self-acceptance and also age-appropriate fashion pajamas—I’m Wearing Tunics Now is a comic memoir with humor and heart.
About the Author
Wendi Aarons is a writer and award-winning humorist whose work has frequently appeared in outlets like McSweeney's and The New Yorker, among many others. She is the author of the middle-grade novel Ginger Mancino, Kid Comedian and a contributor to the Listen To Your Mother: What She Said Then, What We’re Saying Now and Keep Scrolling Til You Feel Something anthologies. She lives in Austin with her family and her tunics.
“Hysterically funny, honest, and unflinching, I’m Wearing Tunics Now is the book Nora Ephron might have written if she’d had long enough to realize she just couldn’t give a f*** about her neck anymore. I loved it. You should read it.” (KJ Dell’Antonia, New York Times best-selling author of The Chicken Sisters and In Her Boots)
"Wendi Aarons might be the best comedic writer working today. I eagerly anticipate her writing, whether it appears in the New Yorker, McSweeney's Internet Tendency or via the US Weekly Fashion Police. What a thrill to read her new book, a gorgeous, brilliant examination of "the tunic years." Laugh-out-loud hilarious and relatable, Aarons gives voice to women's triumphs and bad times...and reminds us of our collective strength. I want to hear what she has to say." (– Amanda Eyre Ward, author of THE JETSETTERS, a New York Times Bestseller & REESE’S BOOK CLUB x HELLO SUNSHINE pick, and THE LIFEGUARDS)
"Wendi Aarons is Gen-X’s answer to Phyllis Diller. With I'm Wearing Tunics Now she manages to expose the frustrations and indignities of being a (gasp) middle aged woman in America while also making you belly laugh, which is no small feat. Whether she’s navigating the treachery of judgmental playground moms, experiencing a political awakening in conservative Texas, or learning to embrace her wrinkles (sort of), Aarons deftly wields her unique, hysterical voice to create a rallying cry for women of a certain age–which Aarons powerfully argues is the best age." (Dina Gachman, author of BROKENOMICS and the upcoming SO SORRY FOR YOUR LOSS)
"I chuckled on every page, guffawed on most, and LOL’d with every turn of the tunic. Wendi nailed her goal of writing a very funny book, while pumping up her midlife readers to go forth and take on the world (after doing some light stretching first)!" (Nancy Davis Kho, author of The Thank-You Project and creator/host of the Midlife Mixtape Podcast)
"Hilarious, relatable, and like sharing a glass of wine with your funniest friend. This book is a gem." (Jenny Lawson, New York Times bestselling author of Broken (in the best possible way) and Furiously Happy)
“Wendi Aarons writes the essential guide for laughing your butt off and taking zero BS in midlife (or what I will now think of as the Ma’am years)” (Ann Imig, founder LISTEN TO YOUR MOTHER)
“As a card-carrying member of the late bloomer club, I appreciate Wendi’s knack for showing us that there is no set timeline for finding our way. It’s even better that her super funny and unexpectedly moving stories offer us the laughter of self-recognition. This book is a gift.” (Meredith Walker, co-founder of Amy Poehler’s Smart Girls)
“While there’s no place for tunic-wearing in rock n’ roll, Wendi Aarons’s funny book kept me chuckling into the night. Her journey from young career woman into grown-ass-lady-ma’am-dom is relatable and inspiring, no matter what’s hanging in your closet.” (Kathy Valentine, author of the best-selling memoir “All I Ever Wanted” and bassist of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees The Go Go’s)