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Suddenly Sixty And Other Shocks Of Later Life Hardcover – October 4, 2000
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Judith Viorst's "decade" books of verse -- including It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty, How Did I Get to Be Forty, and Forever Fifty -- have delighted millions of readers worldwide who relish her wit, warmth, and wisdom. Now here she is with Suddenly Sixty, a funny and touching book that speaks directly to the sixty-ish woman, inviting her to laugh about, sigh over, and come to hopeful terms with the complex issues of this decade of life.
Among the poems in this charmingly illustrated collection are those exploring the joys -- and strains -- of children and grandchildren, and the intimacy of old friends who've "known each other so long/We knew each other back when we were virgins". There are poems that tip their hat to mortality, wrestle with a husband's retirement -- "He's coming with me when I shop at the supermarket/So I won't have to shop alone. I like alone". -- and acknowledge the fact that at this stage of life we'd "give up a night of wild rapture with Denzel Washington for a nice report on my next bone density test". Offering plenty of laughs, a few tears, and cover-to-cover truths, these are poems for everyone who would "rather say never say die than enough is enough". Every woman who has reached this decade will -- rueful and smiling -- find herself in the pages of this book.
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On the other hand, she's hanging in there as a woman. "I've painted blue nail polish on my toes . . . ." "I will still buy bikini underwear." "I don't intend to stop showing a little cleavage." Yet, ". . . it's hard to be frisky over sixty." "L's for libido -- what's happened to sex?"
There are also the inevitable losses. "How am I going to walk in this world without talking to my friend about eyeliner and the meaning of the universe?" She has some very strong feelings about the bad things that should happen to the man who leaves his wife of 42 years for a younger woman.
One of the best sequences comes in a series of poems on the subject of "A Brief History of Marriage" that begins with "a life lived -- at least for a while -- in paradise." In "To Be Continued" we learn that ". . . sometimes we still get a glimpse of paradise."
My favorite poem on aging was "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep." The poem is a long list of all the things that can and usually do disturb slumber. If none of these occur, she says, "I might -- I just actually might -- do a little sleeping.Read more ›
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Viorst yet again brings smiles and poignancy to life's next chapter that we 60s folks find ourselves facing with surprise. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Purchased for my sister. I hope she enjoys it. I found it uninteresting as I read through it.Published 3 months ago by Lisa S.
Got this for my wife's 60th birthday she thoroughly enjoyed itPublished 3 months ago by Robert W Armstrong
Every decade, Judith Viorst comes out with another book of poetry that hits the nail right on the head! This one was no exception. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Nada
I love this book and give it to all my suddenly 60-ish friends. So many truths, so charming.Published 5 months ago by Rachel Rosenheck
Reading this book - it's awful - I wouldn't buy or give it to any of my friends who just turned sixty...! and I hope I never get it as a gift...! UGHPublished 6 months ago by Dolores Bendel
A variety of poems about the joys and tribulations of getting older. I could easily identify with many of them. I especially enjoyed "The Blissful Couple. Read morePublished 6 months ago by susie b