What does it mean to be eighty? In her wise and playful poems, Judith Viorst discusses marriage, friendship, grand parenthood, and all the particular marvels - and otherwise - of this extraordinary decade. She describes the wonder of seeing the world with new eyes - not because of revelation but because of a successful cataract operation. She promises not to gently fade away, and not to drive after daylight's faded away either. She explains how shes gotten to be a "three-desserts" grandmother ("Just dont tell your mom!"), shares how memory failure can keep you married, and enumerates her hopes for the afterlife (which she doesnt believe in, but if it does exist, her sister-in-law better not be there with her).
As Viorst gleefully attests, eighty is not too old to dream, to flirt, to drink, and to dance. Its also not too late to give up being cheap or to take up with a younger man of seventy-eight. Zesty, hopeful, and full of the pleasures of living, Viorsts poems speak to her legions of readers, who recognize themselves in her knowing observations, in her touching reflections, and in her joyful affirmations. Funny, moving, inspirational, and truethe newest in Judith Viorsts beloved "decades" series extols the virtues, victories, frustrations, and joys of life.
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Judith Viorst, born in 1931, is a journalist, psychoanalysis researcher and the author of
several works of fiction and non-fiction for children as well as adults.
Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, her most famous
children's book, was first published in 1972 and has since sold over two million
Other children's books include The Tenth Good Thing About Barney, The Alphabet From Z to A, and the "Alexander" stories: Alexander, Who Used to be Rich Last Sunday, Alexander and Who's Not (Do You Hear Me? I Mean It!) Going to Move.
She received a B.A. in History from Rutgers University, and is also a graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institute. She began her career as a poet and has since completed at least six collections ...
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