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No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club by Virginia Ironsides

Title: No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club

(Wait, you want more than that?
Okay, fine.)

Author: Virginia Ironsides
Genre: Fiction, fake diary
Pages: 231
Copyright Date: 2008
Cover: A cheerful yellow with a bold, fun font. In the corner, you see feet on a bed, with a cat between them. The end table holds a mostly-empty glass of wine and a pair of glasses.
First line: "Okay. This is it. About fifty years too late, but better late than never."
Best part: Really, really funny.
Worst part: Sometimes the diary format feels a little forced.
Grade: B+
Recommended for: Anyone who is sixty, older, or afraid of being sixty.
Related Reads: A Round-Heeled Woman by Jane Juska, Miss Melville Regrets by Evelyn Smith. (I wish I knew more books about feisty older women. Maybe you know some?)

Marie is delighted to turn sixty. Finally, she thinks, it's too late to learn a new language, go bungee jumping, or try to find a man! Hurrah! She just wants to enjoy a quiet life - time with her cat, drinking wine in front of the TV, sharing gossip with friends. But life has a few surprises left in store for her.

This book is funny and engaging. I think that when I am older, I will be a woman like Marie. I loved it.
Tags: b plus, books 2009, fiction
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