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Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Wrinkles, Waistlines and Wet Pants by Jeanne R. Kraus

Improbable Scenarios of the Not-So-Rich and the Not-So-Famous

No matter how hard I try I cannot write a better synopsis of this book than the author herself, so here from the back cover are her words:

Wrinkles, Waistlines, and Wet Pants is an irreverent look at aging. Fashion, self -improvement and social etiquette are thrown out the window in this hilarious book that disregards good taste and dignity. The author disproves the theory that fifty is the new thirty with anecdotes, some of them actually true.

Existence after fifty, according to Jeanne Kraus, is fraught with peril from life-threatening underwear to homeowners' associations. Lifestyle activities are recommended, along with full schedules of doctor visits. Humiliation lurks at every corner with shotgun makeup interventions, bodily function failures, and Swiss cheese memory. Condom trees, risqué photos found in a laundry mound, and DNA-tainted ornaments all have their part in this series of incidents.

Jeanne includes advice for those aging ne'er do-wells who hope to make it to the pearly gates eventually. And even though this book will not change you in any way, there is something for everyone in Wrinkles, Waistlines, and Wet Pants. Even self-help junkies will be delighted with the three insightful but useless surveys.

Wrinkles, Waistbands, and Wet Pants was wittily written by Jeanne Kraus, and illustrated by her sister, Diana Arneson, both having experienced wrinkles, expanding waistlines, and wet pants. 

I really liked this book, I haven't reached the BIG 50 yet, but parts of this book truly apply to certain people in this household, yes me and my wonderful husband.

The only problem I had with this book was that it not a book meant to be read all in one sitting like a novel, so it became our "bathroom book".  I have noticed a few other bloggers use this category when they are listing their books in the It's Monday! What Are You Reading? meme, and after that I decided that was were this book needed to be.  The chapters are the perfect length for that room and sometimes you are glad that is where you are because you may laugh hard enough...well you get the idea.

If you have reached the Big 50 or are getting close, or you have a female friend  or a relative that age or older, this is the perfect book for you or as a gift.  It is well written and cleverly illustrated and was a real treat to read.


Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from the author. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

My daughter always had to have her own 'bathroom reads" when she was little, she had her own little basket. This books sounds funny as heck, going on my TBR mountain. Thanks for sharing.
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