This short novelty book features a collection of amusing one-liners about age and aging.
An attractive design makes it easy to breeze through Gillis’ book without missing a joke. Each one-liner is presented alone, bolded in the middle of a stark white page, with the effect that each line should be considered on its own. The cover uses the opposite contrast (white text on a solid black page) and while the design works, interestingly enough, the title is perhaps the weakest line of the bunch; it suggests an older woman who’s outlived her confidence and relevance—an image that the rest of the book doesn’t cultivate. The lines themselves, which focus mainly on the physical and sexual side effects of aging, as well as a few lines on addiction, vary widely in quality. While some are simply funny, some border on wise (“Not everything happens for a reason”), some include a bit too much information (“If I’m thinking about peeing it’s already too late”), and some are just confusing (“Get your tongue out of my ear!”). Sometimes the quotes come from elsewhere, presumably friends or colleagues, but mostly the book is one woman’s creation, which allows for a glimpse into her mind as she deals with the curiosities and struggles of aging with humor and a touch of flair. The narrator comes across as a strong woman with a wry sense of humor and a healthy capacity for laughing at herself, even if what she has to say may be a bit too personal or specific for some readers.
Not for everyone, but readers who appreciate the author’s particular sensibilities will find plenty to enjoy.