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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 32 pages
  • Publisher: Souvenir Press; First Thus edition (May 1, 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0285634119
  • ISBN-13: 978-0285634114
  • Product Dimensions: 4 x 0.4 x 6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #214,941 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Would make a wonderful gift" -- The Newton Kansan

...changed the face of aging for women in the United States. -- Sandra Martz, founding editor and former publisher of Papier-Mache Press and consummate

About the Author

Jenny Joseph won the James Tait Black Memorial Prize for her narrative in prose and verse, Persephone.

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68 of 70 people found the following review helpful By laura mancuso on March 24, 2002
Format: Hardcover
I read the book several years back. I loaned it to a friend, and took a Job Transfer shortly thereafter.
Well, needless to say, I think the friend liked the book also.
So, today I am ordering it for my 2 daughters. They are approaching their 40's, and I know they will love it as much as I did.
The Author does an excellent job in depicting that which makes us smile at ourselves, as we grow older. She lets you know that growing old can be a lot of fun.
",,,I shall wear purple", is a very appropriate title. And, when a Woman nears that special time , OLD AGE, wearing purple is almost an unwritten rule.
The Author tells that in Old Age, you can get more respect. If for no other reason, than just being your Old Self.
I highly recommend reading at least twice. You'll never feel the same about yourself.
The picture on the cover and the poem that goes along with it,are alone worth the price of the Book.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Voice of Zip on July 31, 2009
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I heard Jenny Joseph interviewed on NPR many years ago, and have since added a fair amount poetry and writing authored by women to the literature classes I teach. I have found this book to be particularly valuable as regards promoting an increased awareness of women - not just their writing - but also how the human condition is uniquely evinced and exemplified by the women in our world. I also feel that this is an excellent book for discussion and for helping young men begin - while YOUNG - to be sensitive to and respectful of women in general. Gentlemen seem to be a vanishing breed these days; perhaps this book's eloquent poetry and revealing anecdotes about women can help foster a bit more understanding and mutual appreciation. My wife and I have given several copies as gifts, and they have always been well-received.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By LadyInPurple on February 19, 2006
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Of course I had to have this poem...and all the little things about it, like the red hats I've suddenly acquired, my own Red Hat Chapter...I really have been wearing purple all these years, so that poem must have been stolen from my head...lol...neat little book...
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By E. Welch on August 7, 2005
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The poem itself has been around for many years. Bought 3 copies of the book for 2 sisters and a friend - it has really good illustrations to go with the text. Everyone approaching 50 needs this!
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Mary C. Castle on April 27, 2009
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A friend sent me the card, When I grow old... more than 20 years ago. It fit us both so well then -- we were hitting our 40's but purple was a color we both loved! But the idea of not caring what you wore, or what people would think, was so appealing. And so was the idea of walking down the street and running ones cane along the metal fences! I can just see the two of us now, if we were still living in that old neighborhood, doing just that! Then I found the book about 7 or 8 years ago and had to get it. Then I showed it to a lady I worked with briefly and she also had to get the book.
I do find it amusing and have to wonder how many of the Red Hat ladies actually know that the society is a spin-off from the poem? It just makes me feel so good -- and I have become so much freer than ever before, -- as one who is close to her mid 60's, I love to wear my Chuck Taylor Neon Green High Tops or when I could find both, my Pink Hi tops! On dress down Fridays when I last worked a few years ago, almost everyone who saw me wear those Pink Shoes thought they were so "cool" and they must have thought "gee, that silver haired lady dares do that? wonder what I can get away with?"
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By d1nonly on June 4, 2010
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I bought it because the title was interesting. The booklet itself was a suggestion from amazon as I was perusing and purchasing books from the 'Red Hat Society'...which are all full-length paperback book and stories-not poems.
However-this one is on me for not checking..this is a small book, about the size of my hand, with 34 pages...it is an illustrated poem...From the title, I thought is was something totally different. Should have read the description. If this is what you are buying, then of course this is it...some very poignant-but also stereotypical-comments about those of us getting up that age-hill; maybe ordering this by accident was not really that accidental and this is God trying to tell me something. However, I am intensely averse to the color purple and hope my color vision shall be preserved for a long time-so as not to become that old woman who wears purple..other than that, my girl-friends and I will get a good laugh out of this...
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By purple_power on December 27, 2010
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Delightful drawings, and one of the most marvellous poems to be written. Personally, I'm not waiting until I get to be an old woman. I wear purple now.
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By julie on July 4, 2014
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Great find
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