"Acclaimed author and feisty nonagenarian Hotchner's witty ruminations about the art of living well into old age…with brio and a touch of his trademark sass, Hotchner writes about rediscovering love after 75, finding joy in a scrappy African gray parrot he named after his longtime friend, Ernest Hemingway, and going on his very first safari at age 88." - Kirkus Reviews When youngsters in their seventies and eighties, nervously lurching toward the horizon of ninety, ask me, "What's the secret?" That's what I tell them: "O.J. in the morning, gin and tonic at night." "A nonagenarian, novelist, playwright, and biographer, A.E. Hotchner writes about living well into your nineties: his twenty-one charming, laugh-out-loud, and sometimes poignant essays describe his own reflections on the aging process for the nearly 6 million Americans over the age of eighty-five, and thanks to improving longevity, the 77 million baby-boomers approaching that age. His musings cover everything from the outlandish commercials that target the older generation (Viagra, Cialis, and Flomax), to suggestions on adapting the tennis game for seniors (he suggests lowering the net by two inches and moving all outer lines two feet inward), to the advantages of having a pet (his pet parrot often tells guests to "kiss my ass"). He can equally capture the headier side of aging, which is sweetly on display in his piece about divorce. With his disarming, eloquent voice and dry sense of humor, Hotch illuminates life's wisdoms through his optimistic, witty, and romantic outlook all the while he makes you feel, well, not so bad about growing older. O.J. in the Morning, Gin and Tonic at Night is a book of courageous advice, humorous wisdom, and, above all, how to stay young at heart.
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St. Martin's Press
February 12, 2013
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