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How Did I Get to Be 40Other Atrocities

How Did I Get to Be Other Atrocities 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 sevent

  • Title: How Did I Get to Be 40Other Atrocities
  • Author: Judith Viorst
  • ISBN: 9781501105883
  • Page: 291
  • Format: ebook
  • 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 thatAnd 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.

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    1. This, not the famous _Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day_, was my childhood introduction to the genius of Judith Viorst. Our family friend, who really should've been a voice actor, would read poems like "My Cousin Elaine" at parties while my eight-year-old self sat quietly in a corner hoping the grown-ups wouldn't notice I hadn't gone to bed. Over the years, I've read these poems again and again, and most continue to dazzle me with their humor, their insight, their creat [...]

    2. I found this book to be very insightful. You could do so many things the way others would want you to do them. But then you wouldn't be you. It doesn't matter what you wear, where you live, what you do for a living, etc. If you are happy with you, then it will be conveyed in how you carry yourself. And the people who know you best and those who are just meeting you will see it. Just go with the flow.

    3. I bought this book for my friend's upcoming birthday. It's only a few pages, so thought I would read it first. Other than the title (well not actually for a few months), I didn't really relate to much else in the book and didn't find the poems that humorous.

    4. Dated since most of the poems deal with being a woman, in her 40's in the 70's but still a light, fun read.

    5. Even though I'm now in my 40's, I didn't relate to this book as much as I expected; probably because unlike Viorst, I'm not married and raising kids. But I still enjoy her honest, funny voice. My favorite poems came near the end, "Twenty Questions" and "Facing the Facts."

    6. This is another fun book of poetry for women from Judith Viorst. I've already read Unexpectedly Eighty: And Other Adaptations, I'm Too Young To Be Seventy: And Other Delusions, Suddenly Sixty And Other Shocks Of Later Life, and Forever Fifty, and I really liked them all. So now I'm continuing my backward slide through time and will move on to It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and When Did I Stop Being Twenty and Other Injustices: Selected Poems from Single to Mid-Life next. I enjoy her ruminations [...]

    7. This was delightful. I'm not sure I'd call it most masterful poetry I've ever read, but I felt deeply moved (to love, to sadness, to sympathy, to scatteredness, to panic, to delight, to jealousy and letting go), so of the best votes out there: I'll definitely be looking for more of her books in this series in the future. I want all the volumes from age 20 to age 80 now.

    8. I love these poems! The feelings and experiences of turning 40 (for a woman) must be relatively universal because I identified with every last poem in this book. I found them to be both raucously funny and utterly sadif only because I understood every single one at gut level. Reading them was bittersweet. Judith Viorst got it so right; she "hit the nail on the head", so to speak.

    9. I don't typically read poetry, but the title and author of this one intrigued me. It was a quick read and one that I thoroughly enjoyed. Even though it was written in 1972, it still rings true today. Viorst has written a book of poetry for each decade of her life. I look forward to reading more!

    10. Loved the book; very easy to read; no obscure poetic or philosophical references - she says what she means; while the ideas are universal, some of the references are dates - this keeps it from being "timeless"; I plan to read more of her work

    11. Read it before giving it to my sister-in-law as a b'day giftI sometimes think that reading these kinds of books "after the fact" makes them even more interesting!

    12. I guess the author didn't have as much to write about at 40 as she did at 20 and 30 :-) Still very funny and touching look at an educated woman reduced to housewife and mother.

    13. Brilliant Quick read,spot on on the subject of the book.Fun and something to keep on the side table for consultations at 3a.m.

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