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The Red Hat Society
Fun and Friendship After Fifty

By Sue Ellen Cooper

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The Red Hat Society
Fun and Friendship After Fifty
By Sue Ellen Cooper
Read by Sue Ellen Cooper
Time Warner AudioBooks, (2005)
An Abridged Recording on 3 CDs
ISBN: 1-59483-024-X
Genre: Inspiration / Self-Help

Reviewed by Auggie Moore - April 20, 2005

If you've never heard of the Red Hat Society, you may have seen some of their members - who wear an unmistakable uniform that consists of a red hat combined with a purple outfit. Their outfits are as distinctive as are their attitudes. The society comprises women aged fifty and older who are noted for their vivaciousness, daring, and determination to have FUN! In the audio book The Red Hat Society: Fun and Friendship After Fifty, Sue Ellen Cooper, the founder fo the Red Hat Society, shares stories that explain how to recapture the sense of joy and comradery of your childhood friendships - and the adventurous spirit of your youth.

This marvelous little book, which is read by Cooper, includes personal testimonials by fellow red hatters, about the wonders of sisterhood and the sistership that they've developed with fellow members. This book also provides a concise overview of the societies history, how it was founded, and Cooper's insights into why it has grown into an organization of Red Hatters, as the members of the Red Hat Society call themselves, and why they aren't afraid of being silly, or looking a bit odd, as long as it is in the name of having a bit of good-natured fun.

Throughout this handy guide, Cooper offers advice on how to fill your days with silliness and uncharacteristic antiques that will have you luxuriating in the fact that you are fifty plus, young at heart, and full of spirit. This is an inspirational, feel good book, that highlights the fact that growing older doesn't mean that your are reaching the end of the line, merely that you are a little more well-seasoned than those of younger years. The philosophy of the Red Hat Society is modeled after a poem by Jenny Joseph that begins, "When I am an old woman I shall wear purple, with a red hat that doesn't suit me..." After all, you're all grown up now, so why not do whatever you want - and have fun doing it!

The Red Hat Society - Fun and Friendship After Fifty will introduce you to the Red Hat Society, and its philosophy. It also offers numerous anecdotes about various members, chapters, the society's founder, and the women who have found fun and friendship within its ranks. This is a spirited book, about a spirted group of women, and is a must read for anyone who is starting to feel a bit old - no matter what their real age is. Red Hat Society chapters are found in every state, so if you feel the urge to 'join up' you shouldn't have any problems finding a chapter, and if you do, you can always start your own. For myself, I could use a bit more silliness in my life, so I'm off to hunt for a red hat...


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