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Publisher Comments:

Judith Viorst is known and loved by readers of all ages, for childrenand#8217;s books such as andlt;Iandgt;Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Dayandlt;/Iandgt;; nonfiction titles, including the bestseller andlt;Iandgt;Necessary Lossesandlt;/Iandgt;; and her collections of humorous poetry, which make perfect gifts for birthdays, Motherand#8217;s Day, graduation, Christmas, Chanukah, or at any time of year.andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Suddenly Sixtyandlt;/Iandgt; is a funny and touching book that speaks directly to the sixty-ish woman, inviting her to laugh about, sigh over, and come to hopeful terms with the complex issues of this decade of life.andlt;BRandgt; andlt;BRandgt;Among the poems in this charmingly illustrated collection are those exploring the joysand#8212;and strainsand#8212;of children and grandchildren, and the intimacy of old friends whoand#8217;ve and#8216;known each other so long/We knew each other back when we were virgins.and#8221; There are poems that tip their hat to mortality, wrestle with a husbandand#8217;s retirement and#8212;and#8220;Heand#8217;s coming with me when I shop at the supermarket/So I won't have to shop alone. I like alone.and#8221;and#8212; and acknowledge the fact that at this stage of life weand#8217;d and#8220;give up a night of wild rapture with Denzel Washington for a nice report on my next bone density test.and#8221; Offering plenty of laughs, a few tears, and cover-to-cover truths, these are poems for everyone who would and#8220;rather say never say die than enough is enough.and#8221; Every woman who has reached this decade willand#8212;rueful and smilingand#8212;find herself in the pages of this book.

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of Forever Fifty comes a new collection of poems that tickle, console, and offer the pleasure of instant recognition — the perfect book for any woman anywhere in the vicinity of sixty.

Judith Viorst's "decade" books of verse — including It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty, How Did I Get to Be Forty, and Forever Fifty — have delighted millions of readers worldwide who relish her wit, warmth, and wisdom. Now here she is with Suddenly Sixty, a funny and touching book that speaks directly to the sixty-ish woman, inviting her to laugh about, sigh over, and come to hopeful terms with the complex issues of this decade of life.

Among the poems in this charmingly illustrated collection are those exploring the joys — and strains — of children and grandchildren, and the intimacy of old friends who've "known each other so long/We knew each other back when we were virgins." There are poems that tip their hat to mortality, wrestle with a husband's retirement — "He's coming with me when I shop at the supermarket/So I won't have to shop alone. I like alone." — and acknowledge the fact that at this stage of life we'd "give up a night of wild rapture with Denzel Washington for a nice report on my next bone density test." Offering plenty of laughs, a few tears, and cover-to-cover truths, these are poems for everyone who would "rather say never say die than enough is enough." Every woman who has reached this decade will — rueful and smiling — find herself in the pages of this book.

Synopsis:

From the bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;Forever Fiftyandlt;/Iandgt; comes a new collection of poems that tickle, console, and offer the pleasure of instant recognition — the perfect book for any woman anywhere in the vicinity of sixty. andlt;BRandgt; Judith Viorst's "decade" books of verse — including andlt;Iandgt;It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty, How Did I Get to Be Forty,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Forever Fiftyandlt;/Iandgt; — have delighted millions of readers worldwide who relish her wit, warmth, and wisdom. Now here she is with andlt;Iandgt;Suddenly Sixty,andlt;/Iandgt; a funny and touching book that speaks directly to the sixty-ish woman, inviting her to laugh about, sigh over, and come to hopeful terms with the complex issues of this decade of life. andlt;BRandgt; Among the poems in this charmingly illustrated collection are those exploring the joys — and strains — of children and grandchildren, and the intimacy of old friends who've "known each other so long/We knew each other back when we were virgins." There are poems that tip their hat to mortality, wrestle with a husband's retirement — "He's coming with me when I shop at the supermarket/So I won't have to shop alone. I like alone." — and acknowledge the fact that at this stage of life we'd "give up a night of wild rapture with Denzel Washington for a nice report on my next bone density test." Offering plenty of laughs, a few tears, and cover-to-cover truths, these are poems for everyone who would "rather say never say die than enough is enough." Every woman who has reached this decade will — rueful and smiling — find herself in the pages of this book.

About the Author

Judith Viorst was born and brought up in New Jersey, graduated from Rutgers University, moved to Greenwich Village, and has lived in Washington, DC, since 1960, when she married Milton Viorst, a political writer. They have three sons and seven grandchildren. Viorst writes in many different areas: science books, childrenand#8217;s picture books, adult fiction and nonfiction, poetry for children and adults, and musicals, which are still performed on stages around the country. She is best known for her beloved picture book andlt;iandgt;Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Dayandlt;/iandgt;.

Table of Contents

Contents

Suddenly Sixty

It's Harder to Be Frisky Over Sixty

The Blissful Couple

The New Alphabet

Old Friends

Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep

A Modest Proposal

A Whole Other Stage

A Brief History of Marriage

In the Beginning

After a While

To Be Continued

More on Marriage

So My Husband and I Decided to Take a Car Trip Through New England

A Very Very Brief History of Marriage

In Response to a Request for an Apology

Anniversary Dinner

About His Retirement

A Wedding Sonnet for the Next Generation

The Children and Grandchildren

Just a Few Words of Advice, Just a Few Helpful Hints

Did I Do Something Wrong?

Our Wonderful Annual Full-Fledged Family Vacation

When I Watch

Being a Grandparent Is the Best Revenge

The Sweetest of Nights and the Finest of Days

Other Shocks

When Asked If I Thought That I'd Finally Got It Together

Late Love

To a Husband Who, After Forty-two Years, Dumped My Wonderful Friend for a Much Younger Woman

Cemeteries and Other Plots

A Thoroughly Modern Sixty

Mortal Question

Just Lucky I Guess

If Only

Product Details

ISBN:
9780684867632
Author:
Rosenwald, Laurie
Author:
Rosenwald, Laurie
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Location:
New York :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Women
Subject:
American
Subject:
American - General
Subject:
Poetry
Subject:
Aging
Subject:
Humorous poetry, American
Subject:
General Humor
Subject:
Form - Limericks & Verse
Subject:
Aging - General
Subject:
Humor : General
Subject:
Limericks & verse
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
no. 125
Publication Date:
October 2000
Binding:
HARDCOVER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
36 illustrations t/o, 2/c
Pages:
80
Dimensions:
7.5 x 6 in 7.77 oz

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"Synopsis" by ,

From the bestselling author of Forever Fifty comes a new collection of poems that tickle, console, and offer the pleasure of instant recognition — the perfect book for any woman anywhere in the vicinity of sixty.

Judith Viorst's "decade" books of verse — including It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty, How Did I Get to Be Forty, and Forever Fifty — have delighted millions of readers worldwide who relish her wit, warmth, and wisdom. Now here she is with Suddenly Sixty, a funny and touching book that speaks directly to the sixty-ish woman, inviting her to laugh about, sigh over, and come to hopeful terms with the complex issues of this decade of life.

Among the poems in this charmingly illustrated collection are those exploring the joys — and strains — of children and grandchildren, and the intimacy of old friends who've "known each other so long/We knew each other back when we were virgins." There are poems that tip their hat to mortality, wrestle with a husband's retirement — "He's coming with me when I shop at the supermarket/So I won't have to shop alone. I like alone." — and acknowledge the fact that at this stage of life we'd "give up a night of wild rapture with Denzel Washington for a nice report on my next bone density test." Offering plenty of laughs, a few tears, and cover-to-cover truths, these are poems for everyone who would "rather say never say die than enough is enough." Every woman who has reached this decade will — rueful and smiling — find herself in the pages of this book.

"Synopsis" by , From the bestselling author of andlt;Iandgt;Forever Fiftyandlt;/Iandgt; comes a new collection of poems that tickle, console, and offer the pleasure of instant recognition — the perfect book for any woman anywhere in the vicinity of sixty. andlt;BRandgt; Judith Viorst's "decade" books of verse — including andlt;Iandgt;It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty, How Did I Get to Be Forty,andlt;/Iandgt; and andlt;Iandgt;Forever Fiftyandlt;/Iandgt; — have delighted millions of readers worldwide who relish her wit, warmth, and wisdom. Now here she is with andlt;Iandgt;Suddenly Sixty,andlt;/Iandgt; a funny and touching book that speaks directly to the sixty-ish woman, inviting her to laugh about, sigh over, and come to hopeful terms with the complex issues of this decade of life. andlt;BRandgt; Among the poems in this charmingly illustrated collection are those exploring the joys — and strains — of children and grandchildren, and the intimacy of old friends who've "known each other so long/We knew each other back when we were virgins." There are poems that tip their hat to mortality, wrestle with a husband's retirement — "He's coming with me when I shop at the supermarket/So I won't have to shop alone. I like alone." — and acknowledge the fact that at this stage of life we'd "give up a night of wild rapture with Denzel Washington for a nice report on my next bone density test." Offering plenty of laughs, a few tears, and cover-to-cover truths, these are poems for everyone who would "rather say never say die than enough is enough." Every woman who has reached this decade will — rueful and smiling — find herself in the pages of this book.
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