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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.

How Did I Get to Be Forty and Other Atrocities

How Did I Get to Be Forty and Other Atrocities

  • Author: Judith Viorst
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN: 1982122536
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 64
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And so you’ve reached that time in life when you’re starting to “pick investments over adventure, / And clean over scenic, and comfortable over intense”; when, even though in your heart of hearts you’re much younger, the rest of you is (how did it happen?) forty. Judith Viorst, the wise and witty lady of It’s Hard to Be Hip Over 30 and Other Tragedies of Married Life, is here to guide you through these forty-ish years with poems that reflect the highs, the lows, and the everything-in-betweens of midlife. Viorst playfully considers the prospects of sagging kneecaps, awkward college reunions, and fantasies of love in the afternoon; being baffled by one’s Buddhist bisexual vegetarian Maoist offspring; cholesterol counts, adult-education courses and other atrocities of midlife—which somehow aren’t as painful when you can laugh at them. Filled with warmth, humor, and insight, How Did I Get to Be 40 & Other Atrocities is Judith Viorst at her best.

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.

It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life

It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life

  • Author: Judith Viorst
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • ISBN: 1982122528
  • Category: Humor
  • Page: 112
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Bringing together some of the best of Judith Viorst’s witty and perceptive poetry—and featuirng the illustrations from the original edition by John Alcorn—Viorst explores the all-too-true ironies and absurdities of being a woman in the modern world. Whether she’s finding herself or finding a sitter, contemplating her sex life as she rubs hormone night cream on her face, or wrestling with the contradiction of falling in love with a man her parents would actually approve of, Viorst transforms the familiar events of daily life into poems that make you laugh with recognition. Here is the young single girl leaving her parents’ home for life in the big city (“No I do not believe in free love/And yes I will be home for Sunday dinners”). Here is the aspiring bohemian with an expensive liberal arts education, getting coffee and taking dictation, “Hoping that someday someone will be impressed/With all I know.” Here is that married woman, coping with motherhood (“The tricycles are cluttering my foyer/The Pop Tart crumbs are sprinkled on my soul”) and fantasy affairs (“I could imagine cryptic conversations, clandestine martinis...and me explaining that long kisses clog my sinuses”) and all-too-real family reunions (“Four aunts in pain taking pills/One cousin in analysis taking notes”). And here she is at mid-life, wondering whether a woman who used to wear a “Ban the Bomb” button can find happiness being a person with a set of fondue forks, a fish poacher, and a wok. Every step of the way, It’s Hard to be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life demonstrates once and for all that no one understands American women coming of age like Judith Viorst. *It’s Hard to be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life is a reissue of the previous collection originally titled When Did I Stop Being Twenty and Other Injustices.

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.

Something about the Author

Something about the Author

  • Author: Lisa Kumar,Thomson Gale
  • Publisher: Gale Cengage
  • ISBN: 9780787687960
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 208
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An easy-to-use source for librarians, students and other researchers, each volume in this series provides illustrated biographical profiles of approximately 75 children's authors and artists. This critically acclaimed series covers more than 12,000 individuals, ranging from established award winners to authors and illustrators who are just beginning their careers. Entries typically cover: personal life, career, writings, works in progress, adaptations, additional sources. A cumulative author index is included in each odd-numbered volume.

Contemporary Authors New Revision Series

Contemporary Authors New Revision Series

A Bio-Bibliographical Guide to Current Writers in Fiction, General Non-Fiction, Poetry, Journalism, Drama, Motion Pictures, Television, & Other Fields

  • Author: Jeffery Chapman
  • Publisher: Gale / Cengage Learning
  • ISBN: 9780787612016
  • Category: Biography & Autobiography
  • Page: 450
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In response to the escalating need for up-to-date information on writers, Contemporary Authorsо New Revision Series brings researchers the most recent data on the world's most-popular authors. These exciting and unique author profiles are essential to you