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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
Paperback, 107 pages
Published 1999 by Persephone Books (first published 1968)
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Sep 20, 2013 rated it did not like it
Shelves: own, read-in-2014
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.


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
Jan 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Judith Viorst's poetry is beautiful. I read this book really slowly because I wanted to treasure each poem, slowly read it, unpack it, read it again and thoroughly enjoy it.

Viorst manages to take the ordinary, situations in everyday life in everyday language, and make it something poetic that I feel many women will intensely identify with. She writes about her marriage, about friendships, about her position in society as a woman, about the way her life changes as the years go by. She speaks of
May 15, 2012 rated it liked it
Shelves: persephone
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
Oct 12, 2015 rated it liked it
My mom owned this book and I first read it when I was 13 or so, probably because I thought the illustrations were interesting. I didn't understand most of the cultural references then, and reading this again found I still had to look up a few things on Wikipedia. It's a cynical, occasionally biting, but witty and crookedly charming look at a typical upper-middle class marriage in the late 1960s. It's quick and worth reading if you happen upon it.
Aug 06, 2010 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Any mother over 30
*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.
Aug 11, 2008 rated it really liked it
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!!
Feb 26, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: persephone
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.
Ashley Bostrom
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: read-in-ghana
I really enjoyed these collections of poems. On more than one occasion I found myself laughing out loud. Yes, certain situations are dated, but on a whole, these poems seem just as relevant now as when they were written. "Maybe We'll Make It" does a beautiful job of exposing the unrealistic expectations we have for our spouses and recognizing the changes we need to make instead. "Where Is It Written?" really hit home because it is the opposite of my relationship with my husband, but I've heard o ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: fiction, poetry, 2017
A lovely and very funny gift from my dearest friend.
Rebecca Reid
Jan 16, 2012 rated it it was ok
Shelves: b-fic-modern
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
Sep 15, 2015 rated it liked it
Read this after seeing that it had been reprinted by Persephone Books, a London based publisher specializing in historically important books by women. Apparently the Brits published this because they found Viorst poems to be "funny and touching because, although they are very American, quite Jewish, and very much of the sixties, the situations, the relationships and the emotions that they describe are unchanging." Although I found these poems interesting, I didn't find them to be as timeless as ...more
Kerri Turner
Nov 18, 2016 rated it really liked it
Shelves: women-writers, poetry
A biting, sarcastic, funny, and sometimes maudlin collection of poetry. I often found myself reading some of the poems out loud to my husband, as they just have to be shared. However I am glad that I don't relate to too many of her poems, despite being over 30 myself (and not at all hip!).
Jan 19, 2011 rated it liked it
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
Jul 21, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Feb 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Word that Judith!
Dec 25, 2010 rated it really liked it
Rather dated in its references, but quite profound and very funny.
Aug 01, 2016 rated it liked it
Shelves: poetry
Humorous poetry from a very female perspective.
Jun 22, 2016 rated it liked it
En su momento tuvo que ser más divertido y revolucionario. Ha envejecido regular nada más. Aceptable como representación de su tiempo.
Molly Green
Jan 06, 2013 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: great-writing, poetry
This book really makes me fear turning 30.
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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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