Disclaimer: A copy of this book was provided by Bostick Communications for review. The views expressed here are honest and are in no way influenced by the author or the publishers.
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 lifethreatening 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 am so glad that I accepted this book for review. I really enjoyed reading this. It added the much needed variety in my reading and it has helped me, somewhat, to get back on track with my reading routine. Wrinkles Waistlines and Wet Pants is really funny too. The author is looking at the big issue of aging by basically making fun of her life after fifty; covering most issues like medical complications, personal and family related issues, social ideas for eg concepts of age and beauty and so on. Though I am nowhere near that age, it’s not hard for me to relate at all. All of the ideas raised are relevant to this decade and while they may be masked with humor, they are really critical examinations of these issues.
The book is full of anecdotes, narrations and dialogue which really makes it a very lively read. You hardly notice that you are reading 29 chapters because most of the times you are laughing out loud to the stories that Kraus tells. I figure that some of the stories are partially (if not wholly) exaggerated but unless you’re reading the book with a fine tooth comb, you largely just gloss over them. In addition the illustrations by the author’s sister really help to bring the point across and in most instances adds to the comic relief. I would advise that you don’t read this late at night since at any moment you may burst out laughing and wake the entire household.
There are so many lessons that I have learnt from Jeanne Kraus. Here’s a few that I’d like to share with you guys:
1. 50 is the new 50 and don’t let anyone tell you otherwise. 50 is not the new 30 nor would you want to be 30 again. The whole idea about aging is that we go down in years not get ‘stuck’ in certain stages in your life.
2. As you get down in age, you tend to make great friends with Doctors and staff at various Clinics and Hospitals.
3. The empty nest syndrome should never be a time of grief and despair. On the contrary, it’s a time to rejoice about your new found freedom and space.
4. When the nest is empty and you have all that extra space, rent it out to a hot, much younger guy. You’d become the most popular house on the block.
5. Growing up in the non-techno era automatically predisposes you to countless to-fix lists and less visits from the kids
All and all Wrinkles Waistlines and Wet pants is a fun read that any reader will enjoy.