Aging with Humor and Grace

Non-Fiction - Humor/Comedy
164 Pages
Reviewed on 06/24/2013
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Author Biography

When Readers Favorite offered a place for my biography I didn’t want to write the same things as either my website or Facebook bios and who the heck wants to read when I was born, especially when it was back in ’55.

Sitting on the back porch, I was thinking about how to describe myself when an old song came to mind by Donny and Marie Osmond which starts out, “I’m a little bit country; I’m a little bit rock and roll.” While I like both types of music, what made me laugh about it is I’m a little bit health nut and a little bit self destructive. Here’s what I mean.

I adore fresh carrot juice, organic fruits and veggies, and chlorophyll in my spring water. (I was going to say wheat grass juice but that’s a lie. I’ll drink it, but the stuff tastes nasty.)

I also crave Starbucks Café Mocha, Doritos and Pepperidge Farm Bordeaux cookies - but my favorite food in the whole world would have to be …butter. While most people don’t consider butter a food, it goes perfectly with just about everything. The joke (sort of) with my kids is I’ve always said as long as I have butter and soft toilet paper, I’ll be okay.

I may actually be an oxymoron.

I love to start my day with exercise and end it with alcohol and a cigarette on the back porch.

I love to read and I love to write; but above all I love my family and my pit bulls.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Natasha Jackson for Readers' Favorite

If you are looking for an inspirational book about gracefully coping with the less than appealing aspects of aging, Andrea Partee's "Aging with Humor and Grace" isn't that tale. Instead Partee provides hilarious insight into the pitfalls of aging in a self-deprecating way to which we can all relate...or will eventually be able to relate. You don't have to be a woman of a certain age to enjoy her witty, and often embarrassing, take on wayward hair growth, bodily functions, pregnancy and child-rearing among dozens of other frighteningly funny topics.

Partee's book is aptly named because she deals with embarrassment, insecurity and tragedy with both humor and grace. Subtly touting the grace that comes from the ability to laugh at oneself, "Aging with Humor and Grace" is a refreshing take on a genre typically focused on how to reverse the clock and make your fifty year old bum look twenty again. Written in a fast-paced, acerbic manner, this book allows women to laugh about the inevitability of aging in an effort to accept what comes. Instead of pretending as though she has found the secret to aging gracefully, Partee simply provides her funny take on the things we are often afraid to talk about in public. When the time comes for you to cope with the hazards of aging, skip the self-help section and pass by the plastic surgeon's guide to aging gracefully and go straight to the humor section where Partee will happily guide you down the road to aging gracefully and hilariously.