The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty [NOOK Book]

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Covering marriage, children, grandparents, careers, retirement, and more, this is the official book of The Red Hat Society, a craze that is sweeping the nation. Two-color text & illustrations throughout.
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The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty

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Overview

Covering marriage, children, grandparents, careers, retirement, and more, this is the official book of The Red Hat Society, a craze that is sweeping the nation. Two-color text & illustrations throughout.
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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Cooper, the Red Hat Society's founding "Queen Mother," believes middle-aged women have gotten used to going unnoticed, and this book describes how she's trying to change that. The Red Hat movement began in the late 1990s, as Cooper, a California graphic artist, began hosting 50th (and other) birthday celebrations for a few friends. Inspired by the line in Jenny Joseph's poem "Warning" that vows, "When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple,/ With a red hat that doesn't go," Cooper presented each birthday girl with a red hat that jibed with her individual taste. The women loved the hats so much, they started wearing them to teas, slumber parties and even sporting events. Their gatherings attracted attention, and today, the society claims to have over 10,000 chapters across the country. And members have moved well beyond hats. These days, Cooper encourages Red Hatters to accessorize with "a fluffy red-feathered fan, or a pair of purple fishnet hose," since "it is a lot easier to act silly when you are dressed silly!" Why the need for such folly? Cooper recommends it as an antidote to the serious loss of self-esteem many aging women face as they deal with their children leaving home, caring for elderly parents, widowhood, health crises and altered body image. It's a zany approach, to be sure, and Cooper's ideas may sound ridiculous to women at the height of their careers or those in retirement who've found alternate ways to relieve stress and express creativity. Nevertheless, this feel-good handbook, complete with anecdotes from members, could find a welcoming audience. (Apr.) Forecast: The third annual Red Hat Convention will be held in Dallas in April, which should drive book sales, aided by ads in Real Simple and People, radio giveaways and an author tour. FYI, Conari Press is publishing My Red Hat, a gift book for "women of a certain age," by Jill Larson Sundberg, in March ($12.95 96p ISBN 1-57324-963-7). Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780446548748
  • Publisher: Grand Central Publishing
  • Publication date: 11/16/2008
  • Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
  • Format: eBook
  • Sales rank: 441,930
  • File size: 2 MB

Table of Contents

Author's Note xi
Prologue xiii
1 Birth of a Notion 1
2 Ruby RedHat 13
3 "And in a Supporting Role ..." 43
4 The Old Gray Mare Just Ain't What She Used to Be 69
5 Connecting the Dots (and the Lindas and Dianes) 85
6 Why Little Girls Love Pink 103
7 She Ain't Heavy ... She's My Sister 111
8 Queens' for a Day 125
9 Party Hardy (What Do We Really Do?) 137
10 Express Yourself! 157
11 Rituals 189
12 Join Us! 213
Afterword 239
Appendix Would a Rose Smell So Sweet? 243
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 17, 2005

    light and fun

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. If you're not familiar with the Red Hat Society, this is a good introduction. The book is a collection of stories of women of a certain age living life with truth, energy, fun, and confidence.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 20, 2013

    Carmel

    Yes. But i am makeing my own path. I will make a tribe or band of cats. Anyone at all the canhave powers and we dont need to belive in starclan. We will be true protecters...

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    Posted October 20, 2013

    Lightfur

    Wind blue as her icy voice spoke. "I miht if Ravenclaw wants to..."

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