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Thanks for Waiting

The Joy (& Weirdness) of Being a Late Bloomer

An honest, witty, and insightful memoir about what happens when your coming-of-age comes later than expected


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Thanks for Waiting is the loving, wise, cuttingly funny older sister we all need in book form.”—Tara Schuster, author of Buy Yourself the F*cking Lilies

Doree Shafrir spent much of her twenties and thirties feeling out of sync with her peers. She was an intern at twenty-nine and met her husband on Tinder in her late thirties, after many of her friends had already gotten married, started families, and entered couples’ counseling. After a long fertility struggle, she became a first-time mom at forty-one, joining Mommy & Me classes where most of the other moms were at least ten years younger. And while she was one of Gawker’s early hires and one of the first editors at BuzzFeed, she didn’t find professional fulfillment until she co-launched the successful self-care podcast Forever35—at forty.

Now, in her debut memoir, Shafrir explores the enormous pressures we feel, especially as women, to hit particular milestones at certain times and how we can redefine what it means to be a late bloomer. She writes about everything from dating to infertility, to how friendships evolve as you get older, to why being pregnant at forty-one is unexpectedly freeing—all with the goal of appreciating the lives we’ve lived so far and the lives we still hope to live.

Thanks for Waiting is about how achieving the milestones you thought were so important don’t always happen on the time line you imagined. In a world of 30 Under 30 lists, this book is a welcome reminder that it’s okay to live life at your own speed.


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Doree Shafrir is a writer and podcaster. Her first novel, Startup, was published by Little, Brown in 2017 and was called “biting and astute” by the New York Times Book Review. Her memoir, hanks for Waiting: The Joy (& Weirdness) of Being a Late Bloomer, will be published by Ballantine in June 2021. In addition to Forever35, Doree is the co-host of Matt & Doree’s Eggcellent Adventure, a podcast about navigating infertility and the IVF process that she hosts with her husband Matt.

She has also written about culture, women’s issues, parenting, media, and celebrity for publications including The Cut, The New York Times, and Slate, and was formerly an editor at BuzzFeed and Rolling Stone. She lives in Los Angeles with her family.


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“Novelist and podcast host Doree Shafrir was an intern at twenty-nine and met her husband on Tinder in her late thirties. After a long fertility struggle, she became a first-time mom at forty-one, joining Mommy & Me classes where most of the other moms were at least ten years younger. In her debut memoir, Shafrir explores the enormous pressures we feel, especially as women, to hit particular milestones at certain times and how we can redefine what it means to be a late bloomer.”

PureWow

“In case you haven't heard, the dream of adulthood is dead, but it really did have quite a run there, didn't it? And, sure, while the dream might be dead, it's still totally anxiety-inducing to think about all the things we are "supposed" to have done by a certain age: partner, kids, home-ownership, established career, robust 401k... the list goes on. What Doree Shafrir's frank, funny memoir posits though, is... what if we just ignored all the rules and did things at our own pace? That's what she did, anyway, even if not totally intentionally. Shafrir details the many milestones she hit years after she thought she would — from professional (she came to journalism relatively late, before building an estimable career, and then leaving it all to launch a hugely successful podcast with Kate Spencer, Forever35) to personal (she was married at 38 and became a mother in her early 40s) — and explains why it wasn't just okay to have come to these points later than planned, it was actually better. She's able to appreciate what she has in a more profound way than if it had all come earlier, and also look forward to whatever might come next, secure in the knowledge that change and growth are always possible, no matter your age. Lest this all sounds too serious, rest assured there is lots of fun media gossip in this memoir (if you're into that kind of thing, and who isn't?), as well as tons of dating adventures — and misadventures — which are bound to make you laugh and cringe in recognition in the best possible way.”

Refinery29

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