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Subject: I'm too old for Chick Lit!
Date Posted: 8/13/2008 8:18 PM ET
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While reading two recent "great" books, I've come to the unsettling realization that I'm too old for chick lit!  I can no longer identify with young-20 somethings trying to discover who they are....I'm 42 yr old and I'm a fuddy-duddy!  WAH!

With that said, I'm looking for some suggestions for books that you've read that you still talk about....I'll try just about anything, but don't really like sci-fi or futuristic settings.

For example, some of my recent favs include "Angry Housewives Eating Bonbons", "The Time Traveler's Wife" and "The Friday Night Knitting Club".

Thanks in advance!


Date Posted: 8/15/2008 10:42 AM ET
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Harlequin(ya I know) has a sort of chick lit for people in their mid-late 30's and older.They are part of a series called NEXT.

Agatha Raisin books are pretty darn funny-they got me hooked on mysteries.I'd have never thought o read a mystery before reading ,"Agatha Raisin and the Haunted House."


Date Posted: 8/17/2008 4:18 PM ET
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Janet Evanovitch has characters in their 30s (Stephanie Plum and Alex Barnaby) and they are kind of a chiclit/mystery type books. A few to me are borderline romance, but they are amusing and I know a lot of people of all ages who like them. My grandmother was actually the one to get me hooked on the Stephanie Plum series.
Date Posted: 8/17/2008 9:08 PM ET
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Have you read anything by Elizabeth Berg? Check her out!


Date Posted: 8/17/2008 9:40 PM ET
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You know Leslie, I had the same epiphany this weekend...I'm 31, married, have 2 kids & I'm now too old for chick lit!!!  I read The Nanny Diaries earlier this year--didn't love it, I'm in the middle of a Christian chick lit series by Kristin Billerbeck-the Ashley Stockingdale series & I'm not dying to start the 3rd book and I'm reading Can You Keep a Secret by Sophie Kinsella for my neighborhood book group & I find it just okay! 

I do have to agree about the Evanovich Stephanie Plum series.  They are very enjoyable, I have read thru number 6.  I'm not reading the series all in a row b/c I feel they are a book to pick up when you want a quick, light read so I save them for when I have time or need something like that. 

Subject: Yeah, I'm too old, too!
Date Posted: 8/21/2008 10:13 AM ET
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I got to thinking about this a few weeks ago. I did a Google search on "Chick Lit for Older Women" (or some such) and found there is a whole  sub-genre for us older (and hopefully wiser) gals called "Hen Lit".  Who knew?! 

As a result I've been checking out some authors I might never have considered otherwise.  The search goes on.....

Let's keep each other posted on who/what we're reading!

Proud to be a Hen - and not yet an Old Bird,


Date Posted: 8/21/2008 11:01 AM ET
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Since I also loved The Friday Night Knitting Club and The Time Traveler's Wife, I guess you and I have similar taste in fiction. NOT a chick lit fan at all, but I did enjoy The Bridget Jones books and Olivia Joules.  They only take about half an hour to read, though.   Have you read the Jane Austen Book Club?

Early Alice Hoffman books are wonderful.  I second the Elilzabeth Berg recommendation, but again, early books.

Barbara Pym, a British author, is enjoyable. 
Also, try Joanna Trolloppe. 

If you like mysteries, Agatha Christie's classics are extremely clever and appropriate for adults.  I also always enjoy Robert Parker's Spencer (for Hire) novels.

Date Posted: 8/21/2008 4:56 PM ET
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I had to laugh at the term "hen lit" & thought that makes me sound old & I'm only 31!!!  But like you said it's better than being an OLD BIRD :)

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Date Posted: 8/21/2008 5:40 PM ET
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Well, there is some very enjoyable "Mommy Lit" out there----Shirley Jackson's Life Among the Savages and Raising Demons spring to mind.


Date Posted: 8/21/2008 6:14 PM ET
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Also, try A Thousand Days in Venice, by Martena di Blasi.  If you're old enough to remember, it will remind you of a Katherine Hepburn film called "Summertime", based on a story by H. E. Bates.  Except, Martena's story is a real-life tale of how she, a middle-aged American woman was wooed and won by a persistent Italian gentleman, who spotted her on her visit to Venice, and waited confidently for her return to his city.  When, in her work as a gourmet magazine editor, she did, he began his campaign to win her heart.

Date Posted: 8/25/2008 9:22 AM ET
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I just started Little Bitty Lies by Mary Kay Andrews. This one seems like it's going to be fun and may be of interest to the rest of you gals. I'll keep you posted on how it goes!


Date Posted: 9/1/2008 2:15 PM ET
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Try Rachel Gibson - she has 4 novels out that are a series - the girls are all in their mid-30s, all are authors, and they're for the most part set in Idaho.  Can't remember the titles though and I no longer have the books, but they were fun reads.  Pat

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 1:24 PM ET
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Dorothea Benton Frank

Anne River Siddons

Adriana Trigiani

Joselyn Jackson

Here's a few authors that I enjoy.

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 2:26 PM ET
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What about Joanne Harris?  I've loved everything I read so far...even tho they are not mysteries, she always manages to "get me" to the end!

Date Posted: 9/4/2008 2:27 PM ET
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I forgot, Beth Gutcheon is also one I've enjoyed.

Date Posted: 9/5/2008 7:33 AM ET
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I agree about the chick lit thing.  i have just read the other bolyn girl and the sequels.  its not my usual type but i really enjoyed them.  also love elizabeth berg and have just found ann patchett.  Bel canto and Run were both great books.

Date Posted: 9/24/2008 1:13 AM ET
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In the Chick Lit forum there was a thread on a series I like a lot, and on the rather it is, in fact, chick lit or not. The main Character is 40 something and the pace is slow and gentle on Africa Time :)

The No. 1 Ladies' Detective Agency

Date Posted: 9/26/2008 8:00 PM ET
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The Knitting Circle by Ann Hood

Nancy Thayer

the book "Dear Neighbor Drop Dead":

Debbie Macomber's Cedar Cove series-I think there are eight books so far

Jodi Picoult

"A Page Out of Life" Kathleen Reid (may be Reed)

Choices by Abigail Reed

Elin Hildebrand

Ellen Meister

Leave it to Claire (single mom with four kids)

Bikini Season-Sheila Roberts

Odd Mom Out and Mrs. Perfect by Jane Porter

I"ll think of more later...


Take care,


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Date Posted: 9/30/2008 4:49 PM ET
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But I think sometimes that chick lit is something you either like or you don't, not really related to age. I have never liked 'chick lit' or 'romance' stuff at all, even when I was a much younger person. Now that I'm an old fuddy duddy I tolerate even less of that BS. LOL


Date Posted: 10/7/2008 1:44 PM ET
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I'm in my 20s and still can't relate to 20-somethings trying to find themselves.

Date Posted: 10/12/2008 9:33 AM ET
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Try All About Evie by Beth Ciotta. Evie is in her 40's and it is hilarious. I have it on my bookshelf and can't wait to read the next one, Everybody Loves Evie.

Date Posted: 10/21/2008 8:48 AM ET
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Goodbye, Jimmy Choo is about two forty year old British women who start a cosmetic company. The title is super misleading; I thought it was going to be chick lit! I wouldn't really classify it as hen lit, either, though. It was very funny and very enjoyable :)

Date Posted: 10/22/2008 11:14 PM ET
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Eileen Goudge, Elizabeth Berg, Anita Shreve, Jodi Picoult, Patricia Gaffney, Kristin Hannah, Joanne Harris, Cassandra King, Jacqueline Mitchard, Mary Alice Monroe, Joyce Carol Oates, Robin Pilcher, Nancy Thayer, Charlotte Vale Allen, Karen White.

I too can't identify with the whole boyfriend scenerios; I've been with my SO for 28 years, married for 25 of them. These authors tend to write more about contemporary family issues. They are some of my favorites. Guess I'm now into Hen Lit - gotta love it !

Date Posted: 10/23/2008 8:45 PM ET
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Agree about Anne River Siddons

Also try Divine Secrets of the Ya Ya Sisterhood

Anita Shreve (The Pilots Wife etc)

Anne Tyler



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Date Posted: 12/9/2008 11:52 AM ET
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