Synopses & Reviews
Wry essays about the advantages and indulgences of aging.
No matter what they say, sixty will never be the new forty. But sixty- five-year-old British writer Virginia Ironside is determined to convince people that getting old is not so bad-even for a Baby Boomer who interviewed the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix early in her career. In her first nonfiction book published in the United States, Ironside explores the many unsung benefits of aging. There are ailments, but there are also fabulous meds. There are grandchildren- your reward for not killing your children. And then there's "wisdom," the random accumulated knowledge you can label as such precisely because you are old. You're Old, I'm Old . . . Get Used to It! celebrates scattered memory, frequent naps, and mercifully lowered expectations.
Ironside, an "agony aunt" with a plainspoken wit, is a convincing spokesperson for the advanced years. The book's easy-to-browse format, clever line drawings, and self-deprecating charm make this a fantastic read for fans of Judith Viorst, Nora Ephron, and anyone who can appreciate the humor in longevity.
No matter what they say, 60 will never be the new 40. But 65-year-old British writer Ironside, who interviewed the Rolling Stones and Jimi Hendrix early in her career, is determined to convince people that getting old is not so bad--and she offers 20 reasons why.
It's time to stop hiding that birth certificate!
Virginia Ironside wants you to know that getting old is a good thing-and not in that dreadful "sixty is the new forty" way. At sixty- five, she has no interest in pretending to be young and neither should you. Virginia celebrates all the "issues" that she and her fellow oldies embrace, including:
- Talking about ailments (and the fabulous meds that come with them)
- Grandchildren (the reward you get for not killing your children)
- Wisdom (random disorganized knowledge you get to put a fancy label on because you're old)
No-nonsense, wryly self-deprecating, and totally persuasive, You're Old, I'm Old . . . Get Used to It! unabashedly exalts the virtues of aging.
About the Author
Virginia Ironside has been a writer since 1964, and currently pens an advice column for The Independent in London. Her book No! I Don't Want to Join a Bookclub was published by Viking in 2007. You're Old, I'm Old . . . Get Used to It! debuted as a stage show, The Virginia Monologues, at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2009 and is now touring the U.K.