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Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial Hardcover – September 18, 2007


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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 249 pages
  • Publisher: Broadway Books; First Edition edition (September 18, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0767926536
  • ISBN-13: 978-0767926539
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.3 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #629,652 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

For the last quarter century, Hollander's comic strip Sylvia has dared to say publicly what most women only smirk about with their favorite girlfriends. Now Hollander's taking on the ultimate female nightmare—getting old. While men think they still look swell when they're older, aging is hard on women. In a series of hilarious sketches, Hollander takes on everything from late-life sex with vibrators to peculiar herbal remedies for menopausal symptoms, rounding it all off with a most astonishing afterlife fantasy, where she's reborn as Rex Stout. There's practical advice, too. A lot of problems stem from things we think we should be doing, but aren't, like having a fantastic love life. Hollander was 50 when she realized she was holding onto love affairs way past their sell-by date, ruining decades of her life. Now she reminds herself that she's already been married, even if it was 40 years back and only lasted four years. Brimming with bad attitude, Hollander is a real gift to women of a certain age. (Sept.)
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“Nicole Hollander has hit the nail on the head—or rather, the high heel on the spike. Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial is wry, filled with the hallmark Hollander wit, and ultimately, profoundly moving. Everyone who wrestles with changing perspectives on families, friends, and their own unpredictable bodies will stay up late, as I did, to finish this book.”
 
—Sara Paretsky, author of the V.I. Warshawski novels

“One of my favorite moments this decade was catching Nicole Hollander onstage with the early chapters of Tales of Graceful Aging from the Planet Denial, and laughing in a theatre full of equally hysterical women my age. The wit alone will sustain me as I age—but the smarts, unabashed lip, and unforgettable zingers make me want to stick around for the triple digits.”

—Mary Kay Blakely, author of Wake Me When It’s Over and American Mom

More About the Author

Nicole Hollander is the creator of Sylvia, an internationally syndicated comic strip that appears in over eighty newspapers, including the Chicago Tribune, the Detroit News, the Boston Globe, and the Seattle Times. She has published sixteen collections of Sylvia strips, as well as Female Problems and My Cat's Not Fat, He's Just Big-Boned. She lives in Chicago.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Richard Cumming on September 18, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Nicole Hollander's comic strip "Sylvia" is a classic. This book takes a humorous look at how those of us of a "certain age" are dealing with the passage of time.

60 is the new 40, right? Hollander writes lots of vignettes and commiserates with her girlfriends about all those things that we feel as the world just keeps getting younger around us.

There are some serious flashes of Erma Bombeck here. Don't call'em hot flashes. They are WAY cool.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Lesley Ruda on October 16, 2007
Format: Hardcover
This book gave me the best laugh I've had in ages. And such a beautiful cover!
Ok! It helps to start with a fairly jaded opinion of this culture's obsession with eternal youthfulness and be prepared to find your aging baby boomer self somewhat ridiculous (how did we get here?) For all the multitudes of us who did not have kids this book is particularly poignant and celebrates the joys and travails of friendship. The humor with which the author treats the chaos and incongruity of getting old, the not being that well prepared or graceful, leads to a certain kind of 'graceful' that laughs in the face of it all.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Tom Mula on November 15, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Nicole Hollander has been a national treasure for years; this may be her best, most important book. As usual, it's very, very funny, full of the kind of mad social commentary that's kept the Sylvia strips cumpulsory reading for so many years. But in this book, she gets closer to the bone, discussing the possibility of a full, rich, life after (fill in your number here.)

A must-read for boomers who like to laugh!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Jane Fishman on April 21, 2008
Format: Hardcover
I hate it when someone takes all the good lines. (I have this feeling every other week.) But Nicole Hollander's book, "Tales of Graceful Aging," takes the cake. She has covered it all, from hair to hearing to hot flashes. (Remember them?). She has done the impossible. She's found humor in aging. (Even saying the word hurts.) If her cartoons are pithy and concise, the book is, well, nothing short of hilarious. It's a great, right-on read. It resonates. It sings. It's the real deal.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pamela D. Blair on November 15, 2008
Format: Hardcover
Sit down with a cup of tea on a rainy afternoon and have a light-hearted time reading this book. I felt like Nicole was in the room with me having a chat. I'm recommending it to my friends and clients who are of a certain age. You won't be disappointed except that it's a fast read and over too soon! Pamela D. Blair, author The Next Fifty Years: A Guide for Women at Mid-Life and Beyond
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