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No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year (original 2006; edition 2007)

by Virginia Ironside

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Title:No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year
Authors:Virginia Ironside
Info:Viking Adult (2007), Hardcover, 240 pages
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No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year by Virginia Ironside (2006)


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Subtitle: Diary of a 60th Year
Well, that pretty much sums up the (non)plot of this charming little novel. Marie Sharp is turning 60 and she’s a little cranky. She’s perfectly content with her age and doesn’t understand what all the fuss is about. She doesn’t need advice on how to look and feel younger, thank you very much. One friend is determined to find a new lover, but Marie is horrified at the prospect, and (frankly) glad to have left all that hullabaloo behind her. Things change a bit for her when a new man enters her life – her grandson.

This was slow to get started and I began wondering if I was reading the same book that people had commented so favorably about over the years. But the diary style grew on me, as did Marie. I appreciated her no-nonsense approach to many events, her compassion when it came to her friends, her wild flights of imagination when considering how she might bungle being a Granny, her absolute delight at being so besotted by this tiny pink creature who actually smiled at her, and her slow awakening to the possibility of love coming into her life.
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  BookConcierge | Jan 13, 2016 |
well this one was hard going. I wanted to put it down as a bad read but was determined to finish it and glad I did. It got so much better at the end but I knew the ending before I got there it was so obvious. ( )
  s.a.l | Jun 24, 2015 |
Very funny and accurate. I love her biting voice and her perspective about age being a freeing concept. You get to do what you want, not what others expect of you. ( )
  SusanKrzywicki | Oct 24, 2014 |
If you are the sort of woman who wakes up unable to get the word 'Matabileland' out of your head, this is the diary for you.

Made me laugh, and realise with gratitude there is someone else on the planet who fears, rejoices and criticises life in much the way I do - (just wish I had Virginia's light writing style. And, had me surfing the internet half-way through to check if there is a follow-on diary, as I didn't want this to end. And yes, hurrah, there is. ( )
  LARA335 | Sep 21, 2013 |
Subtitled "Diary of a Sixtieth Year," No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club, by British author Virginia Ironside, is a humorous novel in diary format narrated by a British woman who is turning sixty. Marie Sharp is happy to be doing so, and rejoicing in all the things she no longer HAS to do. She feels no pressure to do the things others think they should do just because they now have the free time, like volunteer work, or long-distance traveling - or joining a book club. She's also thrilled about all the privileges she gets (at least in Great Britain) from being an official senior citizen.

Her amusing friends include a gay male couple and a hypochondriac girlfriend. The plot revolves around the announcement of and arrival of her first grandchild, but the illness of one of her friends is also a primary storyline.

I did not relate to much in this book. I'm still a number of years from retirement, don't have any grandchildren (other than steps who are age 8 and up) and am NOT looking forward to getting any, and I'm not British and have never been to England. (You might need a British slang dictionary to learn, for instance, that a dummy is a pacifier, although most of the slang eventually becomes clear in context.) As mentioned above, I don't think of 60 as old - maybe 80, but definitely not 60 - perhaps because it's less than four years away for me!

Nevertheless, I enjoyed this book for its humor and for its sympathetic treatment of dealing with friends through illness and loss. At 231 pages, it's a light, easy summer read.

© Amanda Pape - 2013

[I purchased this book used at a Friends of the Library book sale – the title and cover art caught my eye. It will be donated back to the Friends group. This review also appears on my blog, Bookin' It.] ( )
4 vote riofriotex | Sep 5, 2013 |
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Amusing, unguarded and of the moment, Ironside's observations will strike a chord with baby-boomers, in much the same way that Helen Fielding spoke to thirtysomething angst. What is interesting is how much, rather than how little, Bridget Jones and Marie have in common. Marie continues to look for love and sex in all the wrong places. Thank goodness, then, for Archie - childhood friend turned "dishy" widower, who sees Marie for the game old bird she is.

Chicks of whatever age, it would seem, need a Mr Darcy (along with an Ironside helping of K-Y Jelly).
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I'm just behaving like any sensible person would behave. OK : on the minus side, I'm dying very soon. On the plus side, however I'm never going to get cataracts or have hip replacements. Someone sniffed a thing about deaf aids through the letterbox this morning and I chucked it away with a light laugh. I'm never going to lose mu menory r mu teeth. I will never have to master a Zimmer frame- the list is endless, Marie.
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A delightful novel about letting go of youth and embracing the sassy curmudgeon within

Don’t harass her about parasailing or taking Italian language courses. Forget about suggesting she join a gym. Marie Sharp may be a little creaky in the bones as she heads toward the big 6-0, but she’s fine with it. She would rather do without all the moving-to-Florida-bicycling-across- Mongolia-for-the-hell-of-it hoopla that her friends insist upon. She’s already led an exciting life: She came of age in the 1960s, after all. Now, with both a new grandchild and a new man on the horizon, all she wants to do is make the most of what she considers the most interesting stage of her life. In this wonderfully astute novel based on the author’s own experiences, No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club is the funny—and often poignant—fictionalized diary of an older woman . . . a decade or two past her prime and content to leave it all behind her. So don’t tell her to take a gourmet cooking class, and whatever you do, don’t you dare tell her to join a book club. Fresh and truly unique, moving gracefully on in years has never been more hilarious than in this forthright grandma’s take on the "third phase" of life.

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Approaching what she believes will be the most interesting period of her life, nearly sixty-year-old curmudgeon Marie Sharp eschews the trend-oriented activities of her peers in order to enjoy her relationship with a new grandchild and a new gentleman friend.… (more)

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