Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement

Early Bird A Memoir of Premature Retirement Everyone says they would like to retire early but Rodney Rothman actually did it forty years early Burnt out he decides at the age of twenty eight to get an early start on his golden years He travel

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  • Title: Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement
  • Author: Rodney Rothman
  • ISBN: 9780743242172
  • Page: 404
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Everyone says they would like to retire early, but Rodney Rothman actually did it forty years early Burnt out, he decides at the age of twenty eight to get an early start on his golden years He travels to Boca Raton, Florida, where he moves in with an elderly piano teacher at Century Village, a retirement village that is home to thousands of senior citizens Early BirEveryone says they would like to retire early, but Rodney Rothman actually did it forty years early Burnt out, he decides at the age of twenty eight to get an early start on his golden years He travels to Boca Raton, Florida, where he moves in with an elderly piano teacher at Century Village, a retirement village that is home to thousands of senior citizens Early Bird is an irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately warmhearted account of Rodney s journey deep into the heart of retirement Rodney struggles for acceptance from the senior citizens he shares a swimming pool with, and battles with cranky octogenarians who want him off their turf The day to day dealings begin to wear on him Before long he observes, I don t think Tuesdays with Morrie would have been quite so uplifting if that guy had to spend than one day a week with Morrie Rodney throws himself into the spirit of retirement, fashioning a busy schedule of suntanning, shuffleboard, and gambling cruises As the months pass, his neighbors seem to forget that he is fifty years younger than they are He finds himself the potential romantic interest of an aging femme fatale He joins a senior softball club and is disturbed to learn that he is the worst player on the team For excitement he rides along with a volunteer police officer on his patrols, hunting for crime But even the criminals in his community seem to have retired Early Bird is a funny, insightful, and moving look at what happens to us when we retire, viewed from a remarkably premature perspective Any reader who plans on becoming an old person will enjoy joining Rodney on his strange journey, as he reconsiders his notions of romance, family, friendship, and ultimately, whether he s ever going back to work.

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    1. Rothman is part of the ever growing number of writer's who set of on a predetermined venture of which they are paid to write about. This type of story typically works for me because I don't mind living vicariously through writing, these books are typically quite humorous and often I learn something from the vicarious experience. Unfortunately, Rothman's just didn't resonate with me. The venture was too canned, the humor was few and far between, his knowledge and insight was limited.

    2. “Where’s your coat?”“It’s not that cold.”“You’re going to catch a cold if you don’t wear a coat.”“It’s 82 degrees outside.”“I know. Where’s your coat? Put on your coat!”“Yes ma’am.”Rodney Rothman, I wish I were you. I wish I were a former head writer for The Late Show with David Letterman. I wish I had gotten to work on the Judd Apatow television show Undeclared. I’ve read some of your McSweeney’s articles, and I laughed at them. I’ve seen your name po [...]

    3. This is fun. Not too deep but poignant at times. Rodney Rothman (at one time the head writer for Letterman) decides to retire early and move to Florida. The catch is that he is 28. He moves to a retirement complex for @ 6 months to research this book. Funny and clever at times.

    4. Rodney Rothman's humour is delightful in this quirky book about a 27 year old, who finds himselfunemployed and decides to give retirement a try.Found myself chuckling more often than not!

    5. the david sedaris comparisons (in the cover flap reviews as well as by the author himself throughout the book) are something i just don't see. this book was funny enough to make me crack some semblence of a smile 2 or 3 times in reading this book, but i never laughed out loud, and more than anything, i felt a little depressed reading it. i don't know why i thought this book would be funny. even after reading this book (especially after?) retiring and aging are not things i look forward toditiona [...]

    6. from the book:re: Amy, a friend in her 90s."I call Amy a few weeks later to apologize. I feel bad about how I acted with her. I'm not sure what got into me. God knows what kind of maniac I'll become when someone who is closer to me, like my parents, gets to be her age. I'm understanding a bit better now why so many of the elderly people I know at Century Village have strained relationships with their children. There's a lot of tension that comes from watching people you know grow old and helples [...]

    7. I thought "Early Bird" was interesting but too staged. You’ve got this successful Jewish writer who won’t stop talking about how Jewish he is parlaying his success into a book deal through which he moves to Florida for “spontaneous” interactions with retirees. I don’t know. Rather than experience retirement then writing the book, the book was clearly in the forefront of his mind throughout the experience. “Let’s go to Florida and write a funny book about old people!” He does trea [...]

    8. "This is an easy read", I heard from several. Yes it is, but primarily because there is nothing substantive about it. A young guy loses his job, decides to do "pretend retirement", and subsequently writes about it. Each chapter is a short story about some interaction he has in the retirement community. The cover jacket touts that this book is so funny but I didn't laugh at all through the whole book. The jokes felt too contrived and many of them were sacreligious in my opinion, taking away any c [...]

    9. Rodney is 28. Rodney loses his job. Rodney considers going on vacation. Rodney remembers his best vacations--visiting his grandparents at their retirement home in Florida. Rodney decides to retire 40 years early. Just to check it out, you know. He literally moves into a retirement community, renting out a room in an elderly lady's condo. He has a bit of difficulty making friends with his neighbors (they're all pretty friendly until they realize that he isn't anyone's grandson). He joins clubs--l [...]

    10. I loved Early Bird. Rodney Rothman takes you on a dysfunctional vacation to Florida, amongst floral-print couches, guffawing retirees, silly grandmas, and four-dollar buffets. These things themselves aren't very interesting, but Rothman synthesizes a broad array of ridiculous Floridians and their quirky habits, all the while using a fantastic observational voice.It is contemplative at times, usually gut-busting, and mostly light-hearted. Although this book didn't challenge me or screw with my mi [...]

    11. I didn't really like this book. It didn't live up to my expectations. It has a quote from Jon Stewart on the cover, and seemed like a good concept, but wasn't that funny. The book doesn't have a good throughline. I imagine Rothman had all this material and it sort of resolved itself into various topics. However he ends one chapter abruptly and begins the next with no bridge between. He has a very dry style, but it comes off as lack of interest rather than wit. There's no sense that he actually c [...]

    12. Aside from a few amusing anecdotes and some humorous character sketches, I wouldn’t really characterize this as a funny book. Nor is it a particularly insightful look into retirement through the eyes of a burnt-out 20-something. In fact, I’m not really sure what this book is. The most I can say about it is that it is sweet in a kind of funny/kind of sad way.Borrowed from the public library.

    13. Mr. Rothman, I live in Century Village (CV) Boca Raton and I am the baby here - moving in, just before age 55. So, your book was right on the money! I nearly died reading it (from laughter of course) from cover to cover, and read it in two sittings. By the way, your statement on the women's canasta groups being the 'Skull and Bones' group here at CV was hilarious, but so true. Having recently entered that echelon of society, I so sympathized with your rights of passage to even gain admittance.Bu [...]

    14. I sometimes screamed with laughter or got a stomach ache from laughing while reading about Rodney and the elderly.

    15. oh my. a very boring book that made absolutely no sense to me. Twenty something guy going down to Florida to live in a retirement community. Silly, boring and hard to get through.

    16. I decided to read this at a time when I was between jobs - thinking maybe I might find some kind of solace from the guilt I was having from being unemployed. Far from it, not only was the book written while "retired" but the residents don't just sit around either.The book is about Rodney, a comedy writer who gets laid off and decides to start his retirement early - about 30 years early. He moves to Florida and has a dry run of his real retirement, checking out retirement communities, trying to n [...]

    17. The author, a television writer, loses his job and decides to move into a retirement home in Florida in order to “get a head start” on retirement life. And also, obviously, to write a book about the wacky experience. As one might expect from a television writer, Rothman has an easy, accessible prose style; the book is very readable and doesn’t make too many mental demands on the reader’s vocabulary or reasoning power. It’s also extremely funny, though, as David Eggers notes on a blurb, [...]

    18. Funny and facinating at times. Many of us have wondered what it would be like to not only be retired, but to live the life of a prototypical retiree. Rothman decided to take a break from his normal life and get an early glimpse of retired life. For the most part, Rothman's observations are witty and wry. Unfortunately, they are mostly anecdotal - a string of unrelated stories that, while amusing, don't really provide one with a narrative. Clearly learning something from his experiences wasn't Ro [...]

    19. This is another favorite that I've loved each time I've read it. The author is a comedy writer for Letterman who found himself between jobs and decided that, since he was eventually going to end up in a retirement community in Florida, he might as well go ahead and move there now 27. This is narrative nonfiction at its most entertaining as Rodney takes us through his real-life experiences with his elderly female roommate and her contraband cats, the poolside canasta game he can't seem to break i [...]

    20. This book was a gift to me from a dear friend who is 90, still wishing she could work a full-time job (she volunteers 3 days a week) and is quite adamant that my decision to retire at the age of 58 is something I will surely regret. It took me a long time to read this book, not because I didn't find it enjoyable, but because each chapter is like an independent story, so I kept putting it down to pursue other books that had deadlines for book club, etc. While a few of the chapters were slow for m [...]

    21. As a 34 year old in the middle of my career I often dream about retiring early. I was able to live vicariously through Rodney Rothman's book Early Bird. He takes the read with him into early retirement as he faces some of the same issues true retirees face such as fitting in socially, finding a date and keeping an active lifestyle. Rothman also discovers that the elderly are not the sweet old "adorable" folks we think they are. Aging doesn't mean people regress to a younger, more innocent mental [...]

    22. I sought out this book after reading about it in Nick Hornsby's Housekeeping Vs. the Dirt. My enthusiasm does not match Horsnby's. The best thing I can say about this book is that it will make a great prose piece for an awkward teenage boy. Unfortunately, what I'm looking for in a prose piece is not what I want in a book I'm reading for pleasure. The "true" tale of a late-twenties tv writer who decides to "retire" to Florida, there is a "wink-wink, aren't I clever"-ness that I can't get past. I [...]

    23. This memoir starts off slow--no one really cares WHY Rothman decides to move to Centennial Village, they just want to hear about the whacky antics and insights on life that ensue. The later chapters deliver plenty of these, from learning about the secret inner life of his reclusive, pet-hoarding roommate to discovering that old jocks are just as intimidating as young ones. The emotions don't hit too hard, Rothman recounts them with the same brusque detachment that comes from routinely losing fri [...]

    24. It was written in a humorous vein, and thus kept my attention. Although there are 16 book club discussion questions, I didn't find anything profound enough to note down here.He spent perhaps 6 months in a retirement community in Florida at age 28. I felt betrayed as I gradually came to realize that he did it just to write a book about it.I was also unimpressed by the author's disregard for morality. I did finish reading it. It was an easy read, and this was another attempt to experience a book c [...]

    25. I'm not an iconoclast, but I try to be distinctive. I might own a few Banana Republic pocket tees, but they tend to be in unexpected, less popular colors like hunter green. -144In Florida, that has meant that after a while I start to talk like an eighty-year-old Brooklynite. I say "hoid" instead of heard. Instead of saying "He's nuts," like I used to, I use old-timey phrases such as "That fella is lost in Yonkers!" -161Glen and I stare at each other for an awkward few seconds. Other than my gran [...]

    26. This was a fascinating look at a 28-year old man who decides to retire early. I thought it was really interesting that many social events Rodney observed or participated in greatly resembled high school cliques. The Tennis Club was cool, while Shuffleboard Club was not (incidentally Rodney's mission to preserve shuffleboard for future generations was hilarious), the Pool Group was incredibly difficult to break into, but once you were in you were in for life. Rodney met some fascinating character [...]

    27. How many times have we all wished we could retire early? Rodney Rothman actually did it, for a few months, after losing his job. Instead of panicking and searching for a new job, he headed south and moved into a retirement community in Florida. He was twenty-eight years old. Rodney explores several retirement pastimes, such as tennis, golf, and sunbathing near the pool. He learns to play shuffleboard and takes an aging comedienne to lunch and befriends a former heroin dealer. In the end, Rodney [...]

    28. I like memoirs and if you can make them relatable and funny I'm all in. I had several chuckles with this book. Rodney decides to become a retiree in his late 20's and lead the life of a retiree in Florida, including relocating to a retirement village. My favorite event: the baseball game which is a big eye opener for Rothman. I think he discovers that although we may grow older, we still feel like we are in our 20's (and often still act like it). This book is also in my top recommendation list a [...]

    29. This book does not pretend to be deep classic literature. It, instead, breezes through the nature of humanity as it edges past 70 years. Written in the irreverent style that draws comparison with Christopher Moore, Rothman takes us through a fun little journey into premature Floridian retirement. Laughs galore! However, the most poignant aspect of this novel is the "Epilogue". It is written with more honesty, frankness, and sincerity. It tells you that the subjects of his memoir are real and, at [...]

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