A Little Help from My Friends

Vantage Point

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A Little Help from My Friends...and Other Hilarious Tales of Graying Graciously by Jean Carnahan

An inspiring book that will make you laugh out loud from former U.S. Senator Jean Carnahan 

Too many older adults look upon their lives as a shrinking island to which they retire surrounded by their aches and pains, regrets, and fears. But not Jean Carnahan and her friend Edna. They are two gutsy septuagenarians with a hearty outlook on life. The way Erma Bombeck did, they have found the funny answers to the perplexities of daily living and they are eager to share their insight. 

In these thirty-eight, laugh-out-loud essays, Jean and her friend Edna are opinionated and vociferous. They react to everything from malls, manners, and makeup to birthdays, beauty secrets, and bras. They take on handbags, clutter, airport security, grandchildren, napping, habits, pets, health, saleswomen, travel, coffee shops, and weddings. It took Jean and Edna 77 years a piece to figure out life, but they’ve done it with aplomb. “We’ve tackled the aggravations of aging the only way we knew how,” says the former U.S. Senator, “with sunny abandonment.” 

You will laugh out loud as Jean reveals the 100 Signs that You May Be Getting Old, the 30 Laws of Inevitability, the 47 Things She Misses from the Good Old Days, and the 31 Things She Doesn’t Miss at all. 

Fortunately, laughing at life never gets old.

About the Author

Jean Carnahan grew up in Washington D.C. and graduated from George Washington University, but spent most of her life in Missouri, where she worked alongside her husband Mel Carnahan in his 19 political campaigns. In 2000, Governor Carnahan was elected to the U.S. Senate posthumously, following a plane crash in which he and their oldest son were killed. Jean went to Washington in his place, becoming the first woman from Missouri to serve in the U.S. Senate. Now retired, the former First Lady of Missouri is a motivational speaker, political activist, the author of five books.

Product Specifications 

Published by Vantage Point, 2012. Hardback, 198 pages.