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No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year Paperback – March 25, 2008
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Marie can be nasty when she chooses, but she has a soft side, as well, which she is reluctant to show. She cares for her family and treasures her circle of friends. Although she has sworn off men, there is a small part of Marie that still years for male companionship. She is a multi-faceted individual: hilarious, profane, critical, and outrageous, but also kind, compassionate, and loving.
"No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club" is touching, witty, and often lyrical. It is a cathartic reading experience for those who are sick and tired of being pigeonholed because of their age. Old people come in all shapes, sizes, and dispositions. They may choose to vegetate or to stay active, to fuss about their health or to ignore it, to bond with friends and family or to retreat from society. There is no one-size fits all rule book for aging.
Ironside's secondary characters include assorted "girlfriends," a gay couple facing a medical crisis, a former crush whom Marie still fancies, and her adorable new grandchild. Marie faces grief, joy, and the inevitable changes that life brings with self-confidence, uncompromising honesty, and a down-to-earth sense of proportion that may stem from, well, growing old.
This one is real with good writing and even though I'm not almost 60-something it was highly enjoyable.
It didn't even have the requisite (lately) graphic sex scene, thank God.
When Hugh Grant gets to be 59 he can play Archie.
I'm not a great reviewer, let those who can write write. Just get the book and read it.
One of my favorite recent reads is No! I Don't Want to Join A Book Club: Diary of a 60th Year by Virginia Ironside. It so happens that several of my friends will turn sixty this year, or in the next year or two. A few have already done so. So I do have an interest in this age group. (The Book Goddess is timeless. Don't ask.)
This novel falls into a category that the British do extremely well: the humorous fictional diary. If you liked The Adrian Mole books by Sue Townsend or Bridget Jones's Diary by Helen Fielding, and you're, let's say, aware of the passage of time in your life, I think you should hurry up and read this book.
The heroine and narrative voice of this saga is Londoner Marie Sharp, retired art teacher and single mother of a grown son. As she approaches sixty, she strongly resists the urging of her friends to take up a hobby, enroll in university courses, or learn Italian. She's about to become a grandmother, one of her oldest friends seems to be seriously ill, and another has taken up online dating. These events, along with bunion surgery and renting her spare room to a young French girl, are inspiration for witty, sometimes hilarious, sometimes poignant commentary.
I don't agree with all of her choices, though I think she's right about bungee jumping (and we even wear the same brand of comfortable shoes). I, on the other hand, would love to take classes and learn Italian, and you know how I feel about book clubs. But the important point is that she's not letting other people tell her how she ought to feel or live or conduct her life, and she tells us about it in a lively and assertive style. The book is a delight, and I think you will love it, too.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
A friend recommended this book to me. I have to say, as a busy working woman over 60, I didn't care for it at all. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Jen Rabalais
I picked this up at the airport because I liked the title. It is, basically, post-menopausal chick lit, the story of a 60-year-old aging hipster who finds love in spite of herself,... Read morePublished 14 months ago by C H Miller
I feel as if I could be the main character if I had been British and a few years older (and a bit more exciting past!). Read morePublished 15 months ago by Prissy Lou
I got bored with the writer of this diary. Not enough plot, and I enjoy plot driven books. I felt I had to finish it because our book club was reading it, and will discuss it;... Read morePublished 18 months ago by Patricia M. Hance
Couldn't get through it. Too silly and zero content for me. Sorry.Published 19 months ago by margaret
Great British humor is interspersed throughout this book. Author Virginia Ironside's main character, Marie, lives in the London area and she is turning 60. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Novel Destination~Used Book Emporium
I really loved the point of view from a sixty year old woman. Set in England, this woman doesn't hold back saying what she thinks. Sex, no sex, cursing...it's all good! Read morePublished 21 months ago by Anirta