Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement

Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement

by Rodney Rothman
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Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement by Rodney Rothman

Everyone says they would like to retire early, but Rodney Rothman actually did it -- forty years early. Burnt out, he decides at the age of twenty-eight to get an early start on his golden years. He travels to Boca Raton, Florida, where he moves in with an elderly piano teacher at Century Village, a retirement village that is home to thousands of senior citizens.
Early Bird is an irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately warmhearted account of Rodney's journey deep into the heart of retirement. Rodney struggles for acceptance from the senior citizens he shares a swimming pool with, and battles with cranky octogenarians who want him off their turf. The day-to-day dealings begin to wear on him. Before long he observes, "I don't think Tuesdays with Morrie would have been quite so uplifting if that guy had to spend more than one day a week with Morrie."
Rodney throws himself into the spirit of retirement, fashioning a busy schedule of suntanning, shuffleboard, and gambling cruises. As the months pass, his neighbors seem to forget that he is fifty years younger than they are. He finds himself the potential romantic interest of an aging femme fatale. He joins a senior softball club and is disturbed to learn that he is the worst player on the team. For excitement he rides along with a volunteer police officer on his patrols, hunting for crime. But even the criminals in his community seem to have retired.
Early Bird is a funny, insightful, and moving look at what happens to us when we retire, viewed from a remarkably premature perspective. Any reader who plans on becoming an old person will enjoy joining Rodney on his strange journey, as he reconsiders his notions of romance, family, friendship, and ultimately, whether he's ever going back to work.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781416537038
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication date: 12/29/2006
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,203,038
File size: 317 KB

About the Author

Rodney Rothman is now living in Los Angeles. He is a former head writer for the Late Show with David Letterman, and was a writer and supervising producer for the television show Undeclared. His writing has appeared in the The New York Times, the New York Times Magazine, the Best American Nonrequired Reading, The New Yorker, McSweeney's Quarterly, and Men's Journal.

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Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
You know, I liked it, BUT it was a little to planned out. I would have enjoyed this much more if it was written as an afterthought. Looking back and finding humor and obsurdity would have been better. Knowing up front that the book was the plan, he spent too much time looking for the humor, instead of just letting it happen to him and reflecting on it later.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Rotham wrote a truely entertaining book. I think every 20 something to 30 something should read. Especially those in the workforce.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The book is a layered perspective that is so clearly a reflection of this segment of the population...and within this story is comedy and pathos...a real telling of the dynamics, characters and nuances of this age group...just so powerful......
Guest More than 1 year ago
absolutely loved this book. It is a humorous and touching take on retired life from a twenty-something point of view. AMAZING!!!! A must read.