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It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life / People and Other Aggravations

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The honeymoon is over
And he has left for work
Whistling something obvious from La Boheme
And carrying a brown calfskin attache case
I never dreamed he was capable of owning,
Having started the day
With ten pushups and a cold shower
Followed by a hearty breakfast.

(What do we actually have in common?)

The honeymoon is over
And I am dry-mopping the floor
In a green Dacron dry-mopping
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Paperback, 107 pages
Published 1999 by Persephone Books (first published 1968)
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Amy
Aug 06, 2010 Amy rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Any mother over 30
*poetry
*Full title is _It's Hard to be Hip Over Thirty and Other Tragedies of Married Life_
*Laughed when I saw the "date due" stamp in the library card-- first checkout was Aug. 16, 1969.
*Amazingly relevant for a book written 42 years ago, just change a few names to current events. Odd, when most wives/ mothers are convinced they are the first person who has felt this way.
Ginny
I first discovered Judith Viorst in my freshman English reader in college. I'm not usually into poetry but this was worth chasing down! Originally written in 1968, I didn't catch some of the cultural references. But seriously....this is one author that really gets it. My thirties are so much more clarified!!
Alice
I laughed and cried my way through this insightful series of poems! Viorst's insights into the disillusionment of marriage but not love, age but not self esteem was refreshing and uplifting!
Granted, I was never hip to begin with but Viorst brought a humour to being 34 that I didn't think was possible.
Masanobu
It's Hard to Be Hip Over Thirty is slightly better then People and Other Aggravations, but that isn't saying much. I will elaborate on this after the readathon.

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So I was kind of tricked into this book. A poem from Judith Viorst's Suddenly Sixty And Other Shocks Of Later Life, 'Old Friends', appeared on the twelfth issue of The Persephone Biannually, and I was immediately attracted to her direct and tender way of dealing with the loss of a dear one. If you get the chance
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Rebecca Reid
Being in the USA, I only found the non-Persephone edition, the original 1968 publication of Viorst’s slim volume of poetry. Apparently, the Persephone reissue also includes another 50 pages or so of additional poems.

I was not blown away by Viorst’s poetry; they left me feeling rather meh. With such a clever title, I had hoped I could relate to the poems of finding a place in a new relationship and so forth. As a married stay-at-home mom in 2012, though, I found the poetry dated. Viorst’s poems d
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Rosemary
This book contains two poetry collections by Judith Viorst: 'It's Hard To Be Hip Over Thirty ... And Other Tragedies Of Married Life' first published 1968, and 'People And Other Aggravations' first published 1971. They are very much of their time and place (New York around 1970) but I think a lot of the themes would ring true with women in their 30s/40s who are married with young children, today. I'm not married with children so they didn't speak to me as much as they might have, but I did find ...more
Margaret
Written in the sixties, these poems are inevitably a little dated, but they're still amusing and full of satirical character sketches of types one still recognizes.
Mateen Mahboubi
References are outdated but the spirit is still there. As someone who is at the beginning of the journey that this book focuses on, I loved every minute.
Marshaferz
Rather dated in its references, but quite profound and very funny.
Mary Tuley
Aug 21, 2007 Mary Tuley rated it 4 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Anyone who's getting older.
Judith Viorst understands how silly the aging process is.
Molly Green
This book really makes me fear turning 30.
Megan
Word that Judith!
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Judith Viorst is the author of several works of fiction and non-fiction for children as well as adults. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, her most famous children's book, was first published in 1972 and has since sold over two million copies. Ms. Viorst received a B.A. in History from Rutgers University, and she is also a graduate of the Washington Psychoanalytic Institu ...more
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