Just finished Virginia Ironside's "No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club" subtitled "A Diary of a Sixtieth Year". Droll, witty, entertaining, so many connections for women over 50! Its difficult to start another after reading such a good book! Read on!
Synopsis from http://www.goodreads.com/
"A screamingly funny and poignant story about embracing life beyond middle age:
Marie Sharp is heading toward sixty and is just fine with it. She’s already had plenty of excitement in her life: sex and drugs in the freewheeling sixties, career and children, marriage and divorce. Now she’s ready to settle into a quiet, blissfully boring routine. No Italian classes or gym memberships or bicycle trips across Europe, thank you very much! Marie just wants to put her feet up and “start doing old things.” She’s even sworn off men! But as it turns out, life still has some surprises in store, the biggest of which is a new grandson on the way. What’s more, Archie, her old childhood crush, suddenly reenters her life, and her closest friend falls seriously ill. Armed with a biting sense of humor, Marie wrestles with a life that refuses to follow her plans—and may still offer more possibilities than she realizes."
Some favorite quotes:
p.49 "At last you're free of youth's cruel chains
With time to sit and count your gains---
Experience, peace, and lack of fear
Are gifts of this, your sixtieth year.
So celebrate the past unroll'd
And cheer the fact that now you're OLD!"
p. 161 "But I still abide by very strict rules about dressing after middle age, most of which were given to me by my mother.
1. Never wear white. It makes yellow teeth look yellower."
p. 181 "...the acronym now...is SWELL---Sixty, Well-Off, and Enjoying Life. We are, apparently, the most optimistic, most active and highest spending age group."
In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation. ~ Psalm 5:3