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This Old Body: And 99 Other Reasons to Laugh at Life (Paperback)
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This Old Body: And 99 Other Reasons to Laugh at Life is a book of personal essays on the ridiculousness of aging. It’s clean, it’s clever, it’s anything but cliched. This Old Body speaks to all of us who aren’t what we once were. With such witty titles as, “Where, Oh, Where Has My Little Waist Gone?” and “The World is Round but my Feet are Flat,” Barbara Greenleaf will get you laughing at the everyday humiliations and aggravations that befall people of a certain age. In addition, she treats you to quick takes by other funny people.
About the Author
Barbara Greenleaf writes the bi-monthly blog, www.ParentsOfGrownOffspring.com, which deals with the many issues that arise in today’s adult family. After graduating from Vassar College, she worked at The New York Times and was granted her first book contract at the age of 24. She has seven books to her credit, including two young adult novels still in print, Animal Kingdom and Good-to-Go Café. She also published the award-winning nonfiction books America Fever: The Story of American Immigration; Forward March to Freedom; Children Through the Ages: A History of Childhood; and Help: A Handbook for Working Mothers. She also served as a contributing editor at Working Mother magazine.
When Barbara has read out loud from This Old Body, audience members raved: “I felt she was speaking just to me,” “Entertaining as hell,” “Made us feel we’re all in this aging thing together.”
"All of us at Boomer-Life got such a kick out of Barbara's presentation, which left the group begging for more! She managed to take the sting out of the stickiest family and life situations with her wit and wisdom." - Judy Friedman, president of Boomer-Life
"You don't have to be middle-aged to laugh at Barbara's unique take on the ups and, especially, the downs of getting older. At our readings people of all ages responded to her hilarious and relatable personal essays and poems. Barbara speaks to the universal human condition in all its humor and absurdity." - Kelly Grogan, founder of Out Loud Literary Readings