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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
on September 18, 2007
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
on October 16, 2007
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
on November 15, 2007
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
on April 21, 2008
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
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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on September 12, 2008
Like they say, old age is not for sissies. But it doesn't have to be concentrated on how trying it is deal with. Hollander covers all the awful stuff with lots of wit and sass. Read the mopey books about body and mind deterioration if you must, but read this, too, for some perspective and a good laugh. Then go out and get a new pair of rhinestone frames for your bifocals.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 1, 2009
Maybe because I'm her age, we're both Taurus with Leo rising, or because we're just a couple o' crazy old broads, but this book just cracked me up. Short funny pieces completely relatable to us of "a certain age". Give it for mother's day, your sister's or cousins' birthday. It's "The Three Martini Playdate" for the grammas.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on October 20, 2007
This kept me laughing at the dr. office so that they came to check on me.
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4 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on September 30, 2007
There were lots of amusing bon mots in this work by the creator of the cartoon Sylvia, but I was disappointed. I would have expected a little more personal growth. After all, I expect of myself, entering retirement. Not in this book.

Apparently decades of overwhelming evidence-- in sexual predation on children, rising rape assaults, the end of the woman-friendly institution of life-long marriage, the negative effect of the ephemistically termed 'blended families' on children--have gone over Sylvia's head, because she's still full of that stinky, flippant, thoughtless, selfish notion that, "Sex is for fun and I'm allowed any kind I want, anytime I want. Nyah Nyah Nyah!"

But no. Neither Sylvia nor Hollander seem to have learned from the last forty years. She should just grow up.
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