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Reviewed by Anne Boling for Readers' Favorite
"Aging Gratefully" by Michael McGan is a humorous look at aging. The average age expectancy is 78 which makes 39 the middle age. I am just curious why people insist on referring to 50 as middle age. Does it make a person feel younger? I never minded getting older until I had my 57th birthday. My husband keeps reminding me that we have about 20 years left. He thinks it is a funny joke; I don’t.
McGan points out the latest classes for the “aging.” Yes, there are so many of us now that we are the majority, so educators are creating classes they think we will be interested in. There are classes based on Zen, Chakras, and maybe a little Chardonnay. He also discusses Over The Hill Parties. Thankfully my family was bright enough to know NOT to throw one on those. However, I broke the news to them this as this year is my Golden birthday (12-12-12); I expect a real party, a big go all out party. My husband laughed. Nothing is off base for McGan; in his book :"ging Gratefully" he covers a broad range of topics. In one section he discusses Magicians. Frankly, I have never cared for Magicians. He also touches on Raggedy Ann Dolls, pets, and vehicles. "Aging Gratefully" is a humorous read. But more than that, it is a book that will make the readers ponder their future and their past. I think that was my favorite part, looking back at the unfashionable clothes stored away in my closet knowing that they would either become fashionable again or I would wear them not caring whether they are fashionable or not. McGan’s book is well-organized. This is not an in your face funny book; it is subtle humor and frankly the under 50 crowd may never understand it. I like your book, Mr McGan.