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Forever Fifty

Forever Fifty

And Other Negotiations

  • Author: Judith Viorst
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1501105876
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 64
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Judith Viorst is known and loved by readers of all ages, for children's books such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; nonfiction titles, including the bestseller Necessary Losses; and her collections of humorous poetry, which make perfect gifts for birthdays, Mother's Day, graduation, Christmas, Chanukah, or at any time of year. Now Judith Viorst looks at what it's like to be (gulp) fifty. Writing with the warmth and authenticity that have become her trademarks, Viorst once again demonstrates her uncanny ability to transform our daily realities into poems that make us laugh with recognition. Whether her subject is the decline of the body ("It's hard to be devil-may-care/When there are pleats in your derrière") or future aspirations ("Before I go, I'd like to have high cheekbones./I'd like to talk less like New Jersey, and more like Claire Bloom"), she always speaks directly to our condition. Her funny, compassionate poems shed a reassuring light on the fine art of aging, and will delight anyone who is now (or forever) fifty.

You're Officially a Grown-up

You're Officially a Grown-up

The Graduate's Guide to Freedom, Responsibility, Happiness, and Personal Hygiene

  • Author: Judith Viorst,Robin Preiss-Glasser
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 0684853426
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 48
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A humorous guide to growing up offers advice on coping with the joys and anxieties of leaving home and trying to make one's own way in the world

Merry Wives and Others

Merry Wives and Others

A History of Domestic Humor Writing

  • Author: Penelope Fritzer,Bartholomew Bland
  • Publisher: McFarland
  • ISBN: 9780786480647
  • Category: Social Science
  • Page: 272
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In many ways, the history of domestic humor writing is also a history of domestic life in the twentieth century. For many years, domestic humor was written primarily by females; significant contributions from male writers began as times and family structures changed. It remains timeless because of its basis on the relationships between husbands and wives, parents and children, houses and inhabitants, pets and their owners, chores and their doers, and neighbors. This work is a historical and literary survey of humorists who wrote about home. It begins with a chapter on the social context of and attitudes toward traditional domestic roles and housewives. The following chapters, beginning with the 1920s and continuing through today, cover the different time periods and the foremost American domestic humorists, and the humor written by surrogate parents, grown children about their childhood families, husbands, and Canadian and English writers. Also covered are the differences among various writers toward traditional domestic roles—some, like Erma Bombeck and Judith Viorst, embraced them, while others, like Caryl Kristenson and Marilyn Kentz, resisted them. Common themes, such as the isolation and competitiveness of housework, home as an idealized metaphysical goal and ongoing physical challenge, and the urban, suburban, and rural life, are also explored.

When Did I Stop Being Twenty and Other Injustices

When Did I Stop Being Twenty and Other Injustices

Selected Poems from Single to Mid-Life

  • Author: Judith Viorst
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1416548661
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 112
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A collection of poems recounting a woman's experiences during three stages of her life, from her observations as a single woman in Greenwich Village to her accounts of married life and her reflections in middle age.

Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days

Alexander and the Wonderful, Marvelous, Excellent, Terrific Ninety Days

An Almost Completely Honest Account of What Happened to Our Family When Our Youngest Son, His Wife, Their Baby, Their Toddler, and Their Five-Year-Old Came to Live with Us for Three Months

  • Author: Judith Viorst
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 9781416571377
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 128
  • View: 7062
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Judith Viorst is known and loved by readers of all ages, for children’s books such as Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day; nonfiction titles, including the bestseller Necessary Losses; and her collections of humorous poetry, which make perfect gifts for birthdays, Mother’s Day, graduation, Christmas, Chanukah, or at any time of year. Whatever became of Alexander after that famously bad day? And did you know that Judith Viorst is his mother? And what happens to her passion for household neatness and orderliness, her deep devotion to schedules, her compulsive yearning to offer helpful advice when Alexander— now grown up, married, and the father of three—moves his family into his parents’ house? What happens is controlled, and sometimes not so controlled, chaos, as lives and routines are turned upside down and the house is overrun with scattered toys, pacifiers, baby bottles, sippy cups, pink-sequined flip-flops, jigsaw puzzles, and fishy crackers. With her characteristic sparkle and wit, Viorst relates her efforts to (graciously) share space, to become (if only a little bit) more flexible, to (sort of) keep her opinions to herself, and even to eventually figure out how to unlock the safety locks of the baby's (expletives deleted) bouncy seat. She describes how she and her husband, while sometimes longing for the former peace and tranquility of unravished rooms and quiet dinners for two unaccompanied by cries of “Oh, yuck!” survived and relished the extended visit of the Alexander Five. She also opens our eyes to the joys of multigenerational family living and to the unexpected opportunities to grow that life presents—even under the most unlikely circumstances. Several generations of readers surely will relate to this funny and loving book, enhanced throughout by Laura Gibson’s delightful two-color drawings.

How Did I Get to Be 40 & Other Atrocities

How Did I Get to Be 40 & Other Atrocities

  • Author: Judith Viorst
  • Publisher: Simon and Schuster
  • ISBN: 1501105884
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 64
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And so you’ve reached that time in life when you’re stating to pick investments over adventure, clean over scenic, comfortable over intense; when, even though in your heart of hearts you’re only seventeen, the rest of you is (how did it happen?) forty. The wise and witty lady of It’s Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty is here to get you through these forty-ish years with poems that reflect our common shared experience. So let her help you take a look at that decade of sagging kneecaps and college reunions and fantasies of love in the afternoon: at Maoist kids, cholesterol counts, adult-education courses and other atrocities—which somehow just don’t hurt so much when you laugh. A marvelous book filled with insight and warmth, How Did I Get to Be 40 & Other Atrocities is Judith Viorst at her best.

Old and Cold

Old and Cold

Orientation 101

  • Author: Janice Saunders
  • Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield
  • ISBN: 0761862218
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 80
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For all those older as well as younger people who are curious about the perceptions and experiences of aging folks, Old and Cold offers light-hearted yet realistic insight. Readers will enjoy the author’s tongue-in-cheek, droll approach and will find within these pages sprinkles of wisdom as well as humorous episodes.

Contemporary Popular Writers

Contemporary Popular Writers

  • Author: St James Press
  • Publisher: Saint James Press
  • ISBN: N.A
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 528
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Contains brief entries for over three hundred contemporary authors

Something about the Author

Something about the Author

  • Author: Scot Peacock
  • Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 9780787647117
  • Category: Literary Criticism
  • Page: 381
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Provides biographical information on the men and women who write and illustrate children's books.

Aims of the Essay

Aims of the Essay

A Reader and Guide

  • Author: Don Knefel
  • Publisher: Allyn & Bacon
  • ISBN: 9780205126552
  • Category: Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Page: 396
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