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In her first American release, London journalist Ironside slices through the hullabaloo about reclaiming youth. On the cusp of 60, Marie begins keeping a diary, and the approximately 18 months' worth of entries that make up the narrative offer blunt appraisals of the state of the world, matters of health and family, and the good and bad aspects of the Internet age (cut and paste is good; booking travel online is bad). The major development is the thrilling news Marie's going to be a grandmother, and plenty of smaller crises, squabbles, life events and drama are contributed by her posse of goofball pals. Widower Archie, whom Marie had a crush on when she was a teenager, is still around, and Marie's friend Penny is on the brink of a fling with a man 30 years her junior. After grandson Gene is born, Marie, of course, fawns over him, though that happiness is mitigated by a friend's illness. Both humorous and poignant, this will appeal to its target boomer demographic and should pull in a few younger readers as well. (Apr.)
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Marie Sharp is about to turn 60, and unlike many of her peers, she has no interest in taking up paragliding or living for three months with a Masai tribe in Africa. She's intent on accepting this new phase of her life, which brings with it the freedom to do old things, such as getting a pension and free prescriptions and, as her neighbor helpfully points out, "tekkin' it eezee, man." Marie, in fact, has such an easygoing attitude toward aging that her friends are constantly inviting her out to dinner and on vacation. She's also excited about becoming a grandmother and babysitting for her grandchild, who has "the air of a very clean goblin" given to "laughing rather inappropriately." And though Marie has declared herself done with romantic entanglements, there's a very kind old friend, recently widowed, who has a crush on her. For Marie, old age is looking pretty wonderful. Ironside is pretty wonderful herself, offering a witty and, at times, poignant depiction of the challenges and freedoms that come with getting older. Joanne Wilkinson
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I picked this up at the airport because I liked the title. It is, basically, post-menopausal chick lit, the story of a 60-year-old aging hipster who finds love in spite of herself,... Read morePublished 3 months ago by C H Miller
I feel as if I could be the main character if I had been British and a few years older (and a bit more exciting past!). Read morePublished 4 months ago by Prissy Lou
I got bored with the writer of this diary. Not enough plot, and I enjoy plot driven books. I felt I had to finish it because our book club was reading it, and will discuss it;... Read morePublished 7 months ago by Patricia M. Hance
Couldn't get through it. Too silly and zero content for me. Sorry.Published 7 months ago by margaret
Great British humor is interspersed throughout this book. Author Virginia Ironside's main character, Marie, lives in the London area and she is turning 60. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Novel Destination~Used Book Emporium
I really loved the point of view from a sixty year old woman. Set in England, this woman doesn't hold back saying what she thinks. Sex, no sex, cursing...it's all good! Read morePublished 10 months ago by Anirta
It took me a long time to "get into" this book, but I had to finish it for my book club! Am also in my sixties......... Read morePublished 12 months ago by Rebecca S Hendrix
I thoroughly enjoyed this book about aging. The author's humor is priceless. And it was a fast read since it's her diary.Published 12 months ago by J. Zaloga