By Anna Quindlen
Random House, $26.00, 208 pages
New York Times bestselling author, Anna Quindlen has hit the mark again with her heartwarming and hilarious memoir on life, family, and aging in today’s world. Nothing – and I mean nothing – is off limits with Quindlen and she tackles every topic with equal wit, humor, and aplomb. Those, like myself, in their twenties might not relate to her musing on the peculiarities of the gaining process, but everyone is sure to enjoy her play on words. There’s a reason (or many, many reasons) why this woman is a best selling author: the way she weaves words into beautiful and captivating sentences is nothing short of incredible. As far as I’m concerned, she could have written a book on nuclear physics and it would still come off as wonderfully poetic.
At sixty years of age, Quindlen discusses the trials and joys of each passing year, takes on conventional myths about aging, and declares with admirable optimism her excitement over the years to come. While it’s no doubt that those of the older generations will garner more enjoyment (I can hear my mom laughing as she reads it now), all will find it a worthy read from a wonderful author.
Reviewed by Elizabeth Raymond