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Product Details

  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks; 1 Original edition (August 4, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0061771309
  • ISBN-13: 978-0061771309
  • Product Dimensions: 8 x 5.3 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #383,100 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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“A welcome jolt of fresh wit: wryly, smartly, and crisply devoted to the subject that dare not speak its name among those of us who fully expected, against all odds, to never become unhip. With How Not To Act Old, we’ll get our wish.” (Sheila Weller, author of the New York Times bestseller Girls Like Us)

“Shimmers with a multitude of wise and hilarious insights on the pitfalls of acting your age. Don’t just read it, memorize it. And buy it for everyone you love. It’s original and brilliant! ” (Dorothea Benton Frank, New York Times bestselling author)

About the Author

Pamela Redmond Satran is the author of five novels and the coauthor of many bestselling baby name books, as well as the creator of nameberry.com. A columnist for Glamour, she writes frequently for the New York Times, The Daily Beast, and The Huffington Post. She lives not all that far from Brooklyn and plans to act thirty-three forever.


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I'm the New York Times bestselling author of a new novel, The Possibility of You; a new nonfiction book, Glamour's 30 Things Every Woman Should Have & Should Know By The Time She's 30; and a forthcoming humor book, Rabid: Are You Crazy About Your Dog or Just Crazy? I'm also the co-creator of the million-visitor website Nameberry.com and the coauthor of ten bestselling books about names. A columnist for Glamour and frequent contributor to The Huffington Post, The Daily Beast, and More Magazine, my husband journalist Richard Satran and I are the parents of three children.

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Very funny and witty.
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I'm glad I purchased this book, and will definitely give it to friends and family on birthdays.
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It is a very quick read and quite fun.
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47 of 51 people found the following review helpful By Christina Baker Kline on August 7, 2009
Format: Paperback
You'll laugh, you'll cry, you'll tell all your friends to run out and buy it. How Not to Act Old is an instruction manual and life coach in book form for baby boomers trying desperately to stay cool, and their Evil Young progeny who make fun of them. Even those of us who like to believe (okay, delude ourselves) that we know what's going on will recognize ourselves in Satran's witty, shrewd, razor-sharp observations. And to be clear: Satran's not really suggesting that we give up dancing to Springsteen or drinking vodka, only that we understand that a whole new generation is watching and snickering. We used to be them, and now we're not. This is the funniest book I've read all year.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Barbara on August 12, 2009
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Oh, Pamela Redmond Satran, did you secretly interview BOTH my 20-something daughters before writing this book? I won't let them see your hilarious and painfully true book because you confirm everything they've ever said to me. I don't think I could handle hearing "What did we TELL you?" that many times. I will, however, consider figuring out how to use my cellphone, re-think my notion of "dress shoes" and maybe even give up the Cosmopolitan in favor of the Kamikaze. I may even try to sleep past 6:30 AM on weekends. (At least I'll be savvy enough to avoid sending any incriminating time-stamped e-mails if I fail.)
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67 of 82 people found the following review helpful By Persephone on September 29, 2009
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Granted that many people seem to find this a spoof, a send-up, and so on, I think a social scientist would have a field day analyzing the attitudes that inform this exercise.

In the first place, everything is couched in terms of pop culture, which assumes that those are the only earmarks by which to measure how with-it someone is.

In the second place, I'm not sure who the beneficiary of this advice is. One's (old?) peers would dress and act the same out-of-it way, and the young will not be fooled into thinking you are also young, no matter where your jeans fit on your waist...or not.

In the third place, it's always been the privilege of youth to have its own code words, its own dress style, its own music, and so on---an exclusive club. Gate crashers are not welcome, and are quickly identified as bogus.

In the fourth place, age has its own status if one has real achievements, and a self-confidence that can't be bought any other way. That in itself is sexy.

Finally, the author betrayed her own lack of hipness when she listed a turtleneck as something no one should ever wear, lest it betray old-fogey-ness. Tell it to Steve Jobs, who is about the coolest guy on the planet and who invented iPods and all the rest of the hip new gadgets.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful By C. Farley VINE VOICE on November 3, 2009
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If you are in the workplace NOW, you need this book. If you believe in fantasy, that is you're retired and will NEVER have to work again, you really need this book. Financiual realities have taken away that blissful picture of roaming the country in a motorhome with a bullet proof nest egg tucked securely away. There is no more "securely". Your choice now is either working at McDonalds or as a greeter at Walmart. Maybe not if you are smart enough to heed at least some of the advice in this handy book. Recognizing yourself in the simple one-page anecdotes may be just enough of a push to change up your stlye. Even Darwin pointed out, without change there is no future. If we have to keep working through our golden years, we want the best job that pays the most money in the easiest environment. That requires good appearance and a current mindset. We did it once, the second time will be so much easier. So don't throw in the towel. Instead use the towel to dust off your monitor, upload some conversation points and wave it overhead in a victory cheer!
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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Eric Levin on August 6, 2009
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This very funny little book is social satire masquerading as self-help. (It's also a send-up of self-help books, avoiding which is--delicious irony--another way How Not To Act Old.) Who is being satirized? The young! And quite perceptively. Also those who would mimic them (whose number would not include anyone hip enough to buy "How Not To Act Old"). Slim as this volume is, it's loaded with amusing specifics. The author proves herself a shrewd observer of human nature and a writer with many arrows in her quiver.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Diane S. Akacich on November 1, 2009
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I loved this little book. It was super funny and, as a result of my reading it, I learned how to text on my cell. I'm not getting a tat though.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By smart star on October 5, 2009
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very clever take on aging,straight in your face advice, lots of t is true,
though not everything.
made me think twice before buying grannies and sending long emails!
must read for everyone who wants to fit in in modern society
and keep connection with his own kids.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Laurie Lico Albanese on August 6, 2009
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OK - this book is seriously LAUGH-OUT-LOUD, read-around-the-dinner-table funny, not to mention awesome (yes, you're still allowed to say 'awesome,' although 'sick' is also high praise). If you've ever caught yourself or a loved one making lame jokes about how to text, blog, or tweet, or ever felt befudddled by even the most mundane pop culture expressions or trends, this is the book for you.

Think you're too young for HOW TO NOT ACT OLD? If you're over 30, own any kind of underwear besides a thong, and aren't sure when the last time you hooked up was...well, maybe you can't stay young forever, but that doesn't mean you have to act old!
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