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Recent Release Review- Nearing 90 by Judith Viorst

Nearing 90

Title: Nearing 90: And Other Comedies of Late Life ( Judith Viorst’s Decades)

Genre: Poetry/Essay

Author: Judith Viorst

Publisher: Simon & Schuster, April 2019

Source: Free for review from the publisher

Pages: 96

Rating: 4

Sexy Rating: 3

Violence Rating: 0

Description from Amazon.com:

n Nearing Ninety, bestselling author Judith Viorst candidly shares the complicated joys and everyday tribulations that await us at the age of ninety, all with a large dose of humor and an understanding that nothing—well, almost nothing—in life should be taken too seriously. While she struggles to make it to midnight on New Year’s Eve, while she’s starting to hear more eulogies than symphonies, while she’ll forever be disheartened by what she weighs (and forever unable to stop weighing herself), there is plenty to cherish at ninety: hanging out with the people she loves. Playing a relentless game of Scrabble. And still sleeping tush-to-tush with the same man to whom she’s been married for sixty years.

Accompanied by Laura Gibson’s whimsical illustrations, Nearing Ninety’s amusing and touching reflections make this collection relatable to readers of all ages. With the wisdom and spunk of someone who’s seen it all, Viorst gently reminds us that everybody gets old, and that the best medicine at any age is laughter.

Alas, I had no illustrations to accompany my Kindle edition of this delightful book. Regardless I still enjoyed it immensely. Ms. Viorst has written one of these poetry/essay books for each of her decades of life. This one is full of sweet reminiscence and tender feelings for her husband of 60 years. If I should be fortunate to near ninety than I hope my life will be as rewarding as Ms. Viorst’s. A lovely book that can be read in an afternoon, only 96 pages, and then savored whenever one is feeling down about aging.

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