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About the Author:
Judith Viorst is the author of eight collections of poetry and five books of prose, including the bestseller Necessary Losses and her comic novel, Murdering Mr. Monti. She has also written twelve children's books, among them the classic Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day. A graduate of The Washington Psychoanalytic Institute, she is the recipient of various awards for her journalism and psychological writings. She lives in Washington, D.C., with her husband, political writer Milton Viorst. They have three sons.

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  • ISBN-13: 9780786232475
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 4/28/2001
  • Series: Thorndike Press Senior Lifestyle Series
  • Edition description: LARGEPRINT
  • Pages: 133
  • Product dimensions: 5.71 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.62 (d)

Meet the Author

Judith Viorst

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, D.C., since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons—Anthony and Nick (who are lawyers) and Alexander (who does community-development lending for a bank) and seven grandchildren—Miranda, Brandeis, Olivia, Nathaniel, Benjamin, Isaac, and Toby.

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Table of Contents

Suddenly Sixty
It's Harder to Be Frisky Over Sixty 12
The Blissful Couple 14
The New Alphabet 16
Old Friends 18
Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep 20
A Modest Proposal 22
A Whole Other Stage 24
A Brief History of Marriage
In the Beginning 28
After a While 30
To Be Continued 32
More on Marriage
So My Husband and I Decided to Take a Car Trip Through New England 36
A Very Very Brief History of Marriage 38
In Response to a Request for an Apology 40
Anniversary Dinner 42
About His Retirement 44
A Wedding Sonnet for the Next Generation 46
The Children and Grandchildren
Just a Few Words of Advice, Just a Few Helpful Hints 50
Did I Do Something Wrong? 52
Our Wonderful Annual Full-Fledged Family Vacation 54
When I Watch 56
Being a Grandparent Is the Best Revenge 58
The Sweetest of Nights and the Finest of Days 60
Other Shocks
When Asked If I Thought That I'd Finally Got It Together 64
Late Love 66
To a Husband Who, After Forty-two Years, Dumped My Wonderful Friend for a Much Younger Woman 68
Cemeteries and Other Plots 70
A Thoroughly Modern Sixty 72
Mortal Question 74
Just Lucky I Guess 76
If Only 78
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 13, 2000

    Sixtyish and Sassy!

    Ms. Viorst has become more outspoken in these poems than in her earlier 'decade' works. I think you'll like the change. 'It still will be impossible to persuade my husband when lost to stop the goddamn car, and ask for directions.' Concerning her husband's retirement, 'And guess who's the hobby he chose?' In talking about her children and grandchildren, she exults that her grandchild prefers her for cuddling to her son. You'll never quite think about life the same way after you read '1963 -- Niagara, 1999 -- Viagra.' On the other hand, she's hanging in there as a woman. 'I've painted blue nail polish on my toes . . . .' 'I will still buy bikini underwear.' 'I don't intend to stop showing a little cleavage.' Yet, '. . . it's hard to be frisky over sixty.' 'L's for libido -- what's happened to sex?' There are also the inevitable losses. 'How am I going to walk in this world without talking to my friend about eyeliner and the meaning of the universe?' She has some very strong feelings about the bad things that should happen to the man who leaves his wife of 42 years for a younger woman. One of the best sequences comes in a series of poems on the subject of 'A Brief History of Marriage' that begins with 'a life lived -- at least for a while -- in paradise.' In 'To Be Continued' we learn that '. . . sometimes we still get a glimpse of paradise.' My favorite poem on aging was 'Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep.' The poem is a long list of all the things that can and usually do disturb slumber. If none of these occur, she says, 'I might -- I just actually might -- do a little sleeping.' There's still a wonderful optimism about how good things could be. In 'If Only,' she contemplates reconstructing the world. 'If only shopping at Saks counted as exercise.' The poems are grouped in five sections: Suddenly Sixty, A Brief History of Marriage, More on Marriage, The Children and Grandchildren, and Other Shocks. The witty poems are wonderfully illustrated with red and black drawings by Laurie Rosenwell. Whatever your age, ask yourself which attributes of youth you would like to retain and which qualities of greater age you would like to add. In this way, you can create a wonderful combination that will serve you better than simply fulfilling the expectations of society about 'acting your age.' Enjoy your age!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 19, 2001

    !!!WHAT A BOOK!!!

    I thoroughly enjoyed every minute reading this book, I could not put it down, the authors insights are penetrating.

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  • Posted December 21, 2011

    Always hilarious!

    Judith Viorst can always be depended upon to deliver wit and wisdom when writing on the topic of growing older. I have given her books, for birthday gifts, for years and they are consistantly well received by all. You cannot go wrong with Judith Viorst. Two thumbs waaaay up!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 19, 2011

    HIGHLY RECOMMEND

    A very refreshing book. Truth and humor are combined to help mange the aging process. It has been the perfect gift for all my girlfriends that are turning 60.

    Jane G from PA

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