Book Review by KATHY MEGYERI
“Susan’s on a roll again!” proclaims her friend, singer Willie Nelson in his endorsement of Susan Goldfein’s second book, How to Complain When There’s Nothing to Complain About.
And with that melodic proclamation (now he’s got me humming that song), off we go, headed for what feels like a good time with an old friend – one who shares witty and charming tales about marriage, the indignities of aging and life’s absurdities.
In the vein of Andy Rooney, Erma Bombeck, and Nora Ephron, Goldfein’s relatable collection of 50 essays sheds new light on ordinary events. Her chapter titles alone will make you smile: “Women Who Pack (and Men Who Don’t),” “The Insomnia Games,” “Death, Taxes, and the Annual Exam,” and “Are There Outlet Malls in Heaven?”
So who is this insightful, funny and honest writer who takes a light but piercing look at life as we age?
If you are a regular reader of Lifestyles After 50, you will recognize Susan Goldfein’s name as a popular humor columnist from Palm Beach who lives with her husband, Larry, (an endless source of fodder) and her dog named Sam. She has a doctorate in Communication Disorders from Teachers College at Columbia University, and was a successful speech pathologist, adjunct professor, and consultant.
Her second career as a writer evolved after retirement at age 69, when she asked herself, “What am I going to do with the rest of my life?” She then took time to explore her passions and skills, and discovered she had a knack for writing humor, so she began a blog
At 74, she authored her first book, How Old am I in Dog Years? a collection of essays that won her several awards plus a multitude of benefits: she was having fun, she basked in positive feedback, and she was challenging her mind.
She says it’s all therapeutic: “Humor continues to be my weapon of choice to combat the foibles of domestic life, the indignities of aging in an ageist society, ridiculous social trends, and whatever piece of nuttiness I happen to be observing that day.”
“So instead of lying on a couch, or picking up a sharp instrument, I write.”
Book Signing Event
10 AM-12 PM, March 21
Lifestyles After 50
9 AM-1 PM at TPepin’s
4121 N. 50th St., Tampa