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Be an Outrageous Older Woman
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92 of 92 people found the following review helpful
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I am so glad I ordered this book. Was looking on Amazon.com for books about feisty older women and beside the book I love about when I am an old woman I shall wear purple I came across this book and grabbed it.
And I am so glad I did. The book is packed with wonderful empowering information on every facit of ones life if they are a woman over age fifty and not wanting to attend pity parties but wanting to grab life by the whatever and trek on for the second half of our lives.
Chapter Two Changing Identity was what I wanted and needed. Part Two of the book is excellent because it addresses how to choose wise helpers and the issue of paid work. Part Three has a great piece on being creative with ones life and just having fun. Oh and sex...
Because I live a simple lifestyle called Voluntary Simplicity I appreciated and gleaned valuable information in Part Four about housing oneself be it solo or with others. And the section on economizing offered me some ideas I didn't even know of and I have been simple living since the early 80's.
There is a nice section on Bereavement and being Politically Outrageous (I so agree) and the benefits and bonuses of aging, which is something I am learning about and appreciating.
If you library doesn't have a copy buy them one, and buy a copy for your home library since it is a book that you will (I guarantee) read and re read often and always learn something new from.
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67 of 70 people found the following review helpful
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Two of my favorite women were the late actresses Ruth Gordon and Roz Russell who stared in a favorite movie of mine "Auntie Mame". Both women would have loved this book because its a book with attitude. Attitude is something older women either are afraid of or embrace. And the author is a woman I would like as a friend because she is upfront and dares talk about things that some think older women shouldn't talk about.
The book is full of really useful information and about a variety of subjects from sex, money and housing to family and life in general and how to take more risks and get more out of life. Chapter 10 Having Fun is a good example. The author says "The truth is that you can have a lot of fun being a thorn in the flesh of those who do not do right by you or others. You have a sense of humor that can sustain you through tough times" and she goes on to show how you can combine fun with social action. She also knows how to use the fine art of sarcasm which is almost a lost art.
Also like her sections on affordable housing and how to be creative with housing. And how to be creative when it comes to travel and lodging. It was so great to read where she to is a user of hostels when traveling. Hostels are a common sight in Europe and in some areas here in the West.
And I agree with her that there are so many ways to make some extra money that simply requires a frontier spirit. Like picking up recyclable bottles and cans when we are out doing errands or on a walk. I wear a small backpack when I am out walking so that I can pick up pop cans that people toss away and not only do I help keep the roadside clean I make a few extra dollars a week doing so.
Like the people in my local simple living group the author shows how using beauty colleges or chain hair cut outlets can save money. And dollar stores can get you many of the same items for a dollar that you pay more for at a drug or grocery store. Or on page 221 where she says that instead of paying money you cant afford or don't want to spend talking to someone on the phone whose voice you really do not need to hear, use email or send a written letter via the post office. And its more personal and you can write what you want and no more.
Her suggestions about shopping around for the best druggist where you can get the best prices on needed prescriptions is an excellent one. And asking your physician for samples of the drugs you take that the drug makers give him/her can save money.
The chapters on Outrageous Friendships and Companionships is awesome and something those who really do not want to be alone could learn a lot from. It is information those with a variety of friends already know.
I also liked Chapter Six and her section on Be Politically Outrageous. and the section on the Benefits and Bonuses Of Aging. I am in my fifties and cannot tell you how much useful information this author has shared that I am so grateful for learning about. And I was well informed before I read the book.
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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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This is a terrific guide written by a "Power-Granny" (--my term for and outrageous older woman of any age--)!
Ruth Harriet Jacobs has faced the boogeymen of age with courage and humor, and she generously shares her wisdom in this book.
It's a guide that covers everything from turning your "rage" (at becoming invisible as you age, etc.), into your own brand of
out-rage-eousness.
If you're feeling depressed about any aspect of growing older, this book will help lift your spirits and give you new ideas on ways to get the most out of this stage of life.
Reviewer: Linda Painchaud
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
on May 17, 2005
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Thanks to Ruth Jacobs for this liberating book. Far too many people give up the fight when they hit certain age milestones. But why become "old" simply because you no longer succumb to the siren song of corporate marketers. Which is one of the main reasons older people are considered irrelevant--you're not as easily manipulated by advertising pitches as you were when you were younger. So, let this book be your companion as you fight the good fight against stereotypes.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on February 22, 2008
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I was expecting a more OUTRAGEOUS book. Lots of good sense advice though especially for those who have been so busy in the workplace that they havent had time to figure out what to do with themselves once they age/retire. Good alternatives to staying home and vegetating. Positive theme, might be just what an older women needs to start her new life
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
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Ruth Jacobs has written a timeless book --- I think it will continue to be relevant to women for many years to come. In fact, it was so relevant to me personally that I quoted her a number of times in my own book. You won't be disappointed --- she writes well on a variety of topics. Pamela D. Blair, Author The Next Fifty Years: A Guide for Women at Mid-Life And Beyond
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on October 9, 2012
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Nearing the end of my 60's and there are lots of challenges and transitions to getting older. With no support group to go to - I was looking for a little heartfelt advice, mixed with humor and this definitely fit the bill. I love her poetry and her good ideas. Would recommend it.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 25, 2011
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The same friend who recommended the GRANDPA DOES GRANDMA and SEASONED ROMANCE books, strongly suggested BE AN OUTRAGEOUS OLDER WOMAN. I've already thanked this person many times over. This review allows me to do it again in front of a lot of people.

I've spent most of my life being un-outrageous. Now that I'm older (and my Red Hatter friends here in Hawai'i and around the world have helped a lot with this), I've decided to be as outrageous as I want.

Whether it's clothing I wear, what I do in the privacy of my bed with my lover, or what I do in the company of my friends, I am becoming more determined than ever, as Frank Sinatra used to sing, to do it MY WAY!

It feels so good!

So let the good times roll! And let us older women be as outrageous as we want!
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10 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2008
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The only thing I remember after reading this book is the author telling how you can swim for free in private club swimming pools and then remarking that this was probably not legal and, if you wanted to attempt this, you should know the name of a lawyer just in case.
That is not the kind of "outrageous older woman" I want to turn into. This was a waste of my time and the book will soon end up in my stack of papers for recycling.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on July 7, 2011
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I heard about this book from other Red Hat Women, ladies known for being outrageous. They all seemed to recommend this book and Seasoned Romance. Wow! I'm glad I ordered both.

With Ruth Harriet Jacob's book, I'm even more committed to being outrageous and unpredictable. With Seasoned Romance, I'm even more dedicated to being passionate, no matter what my age is.

Thanks to both books, my life continues to get better and better, and I recommend both books to every Red Hat Woman (and another other sexy senior out there!) who wants to enjoy the best life has to offer.
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