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This honest, inspiring book proves once and for all that getting older is not the end of the world. Actress Valerie Harper tackles middle age with wit and confidence in Today I Am a Ma'am, a must-read for women everywhere. Avoiding the usual sappy self-help clichés, Harper, best known for her wonderful television show Rhoda, pokes fun at everything from wrinkles to menopause in this hilarious and eye-opening book.
The secret to enjoying what Harper calls the "let-it-all-hang-out years" lies in realizing that in spite of what our youth-worshipping culture tells us, getting older does not mean losing your good looks, energy, and passion for life. If you still aren't quite ready to embrace your advancing age, Harper's comic touch will help you let go of your most troubling anxieties. Worried about those crow's feet and laugh lines? "Wrinkles should be a sign of having lived," Harper asserts. How about trying to keep up with cutting-edge fashion? "Every year the heels get higher and the podiatrists get richer."
Harper's down-to-earth approach to middle age is more than a refreshing read -- it's a blueprint for taking a realistic, healthy, and positive attitude toward aging. Finding the humor in your little imperfections might not be easy, but with Today I Am a Ma'am as your guidebook, you can learn how to get the most out of your life no matter what your age. (Julie Carr)