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No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club
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Virginia Ironside is a journalist, agony aunt, and author. She served as an editor for Woman and the Sunday Mirror for many years, and has regular columns in The Independent and The Oldie. She has written books in children's and adult fiction, nonfiction, self-help, and memoir, and is published worldwide. She lives in London.

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In her first American release, London journalist Ironside slices through the hullabaloo about reclaiming youth. On the cusp of 60, Marie begins keeping a diary, and the approximately 18 months' worth of entries that make up the narrative offer blunt appraisals of the state of the world, matters of health and family, and the good and bad aspects of the Internet age (cut and paste is good; booking travel online is bad). The major development is the thrilling news Marie's going to be a grandmother, and plenty of smaller crises, squabbles, life events and drama are contributed by her posse of goofball pals. Widower Archie, whom Marie had a crush on when she was a teenager, is still around, and Marie's friend Penny is on the brink of a fling with a man 30 years her junior. After grandson Gene is born, Marie, of course, fawns over him, though that happiness is mitigated by a friend's illness. Both humorous and poignant, this will appeal to its target boomer demographic and should pull in a few younger readers as well. (Apr.) Copyright 2006 Reed Business Information.

[Ironside] has done her readers a wonderful service in giving us the fictional Marie Sharp.... "No! I Dont Want to Join a Book Club" is, in fact, a perfect choice for book clubs. It takes on the biggest issuesour lives, loves, deathsin acerbic, tender, thoughtful ways. Perfect for clubs, perfect for (almost) everybody.
"The Washington Post"
Screamingly funnyreads like an AARP-issued "Bridget Jones Diary,"This is the kind of book you gobble up, then re-read so you can hoot out loud all over again.
"USA Today"
Maries wicked sense of humor makes this a fun read. . . . This novel is more than a light romp. Marie shows great heart and wisdom as she experiences joys and sorrows.
"The Herald Sun"
So funny and human, so full of cranky wisdom and plucky resistance to the ordinary ways of facing old age. Im thinking of reading "No! I Dont Want to Join a Book Club" once a year from here on in to cheer myself up. If youre over fifty, you should read it, too.
"The Buffalo News"
a[Ironside] has done her readers a wonderful service in giving us the fictional Marie Sharp.... "No! I Donat Want to Join a Book Club" is, in fact, a perfect choice for book clubs. It takes on the biggest issuesaour lives, loves, deathsain acerbic, tender, thoughtful ways. Perfect for clubs, perfect for (almost) everybody.a
a"The Washington Post"
aScreamingly funnya]reads like an AARP-issued "Bridget Jonesa Diary"a].This is the kind of book you gobble up, then re-read so you can hoot out loud all over again.a
a"USA Today"
aMarieas wicked sense of humor makes this a fun read. . . . This novel is more than a light romp. Marie shows great heart and wisdom as she experiences joys and sorrows.a
a"The Herald Sun"
aSo funny and human, so full of cranky wisdom and plucky resistance to the ordinary ways of facing old age. Iam thinking of reading "No! I Donat Want to Join a Book Club" once a year from here on in to cheer myself up. If youare over fifty, you should read it, too.a
a"The Buffalo News"
?[Ironside] has done her readers a wonderful service in giving us the fictional Marie Sharp.... "No! I Don?t Want to Join a Book Club" is, in fact, a perfect choice for book clubs. It takes on the biggest issues?our lives, loves, deaths?in acerbic, tender, thoughtful ways. Perfect for clubs, perfect for (almost) everybody.?
?"The Washington Post"
?Screamingly funny?reads like an AARP-issued "Bridget Jones? Diary"?.This is the kind of book you gobble up, then re-read so you can hoot out loud all over again.?
?"USA Today"
?Marie's wicked sense of humor makes this a fun read. . . . This novel is more than a light romp. Marie shows great heart and wisdom as she experiences joys and sorrows.?
?"The Herald Sun"
?So funny and human, so full of cranky wisdom and plucky resistance to the ordinary ways of facing old age. I?m thinking of reading "No! I Don?t Want to Join a Book Club" once a year from here on in to cheer myself up. If you?re over fifty, you s

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