Engaging Methuen Readers

Happy Spunky Old Broads Month!

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Yes, it’s Spunky Old Broads Month! In February, we celebrate elderly ladies who have pizzazz. Whether they’re solving mysteries or causing them, doling out love advice or playing hard-to-get, these old broads are some of the feistiest characters in literature!


51c2rdaibul-_sx332_bo1204203200_Miss Marple: the Complete Short Stories by Agatha Christie

Miss Jane Marple is a shrewd spinster who knows how to solve a crime! When things go wrong in her small hometown of St. Mary Mead, Miss Marple is on the case. One of Agatha Christie’s most popular characters!

Lords and Ladies by Terry Pratchett878014

Granny Weatherwax is probably the strongest witch on Discworld, and good thing, too. Her little kingdom of Lancre is constantly under threat from larger forces. But will she have the grit to deal with royal power shenanigans? Granny features as a protagonist in seven Discworld books, including Maskerade and Wyrd Sisters

515gcsg-cil-_sx329_bo1204203200_Charms for the Easy Life by Kaye Gibbons

The Birches are a unique family for the 1940s. Three generations of strong, outspoken women, they live rich lives without men, guided by their matriarch, Charlie Kate. Exhilarating and unconventional!

Three Miss Margarets by Louise Shaffer825125

In Charles Valley, Georgia, three aging friends are the toast of the town. But that town doesn’t know about their criminal past…or the stranger who’s about to enter their lives and try to make it right!

144149Sweet Potato Queens’ Book of Love by Jill Conner Browne

The Sweet Potato Queens of Jackson, Mississippi can teach you a thing or two about life. For example, wouldn’t you like to know the true magic words guaranteed to get any man to do your bidding? That’s just useful for anybody. A hilarious, irreverent, and shameless book!

Memento Mori by Muriel SparkMemento_Mori_(novel)_coverart

Someone’s calling the elders of 1950’s London and whispering, “Remember you must die.” Who could it be? As a venerable group of friends seeks the answer, the dust that rises reveals blackmail, adultery, and a madcap array of old secrets. Morbidly witty and poignant, this is the definition of a black comedy!

1045156No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year by Virginia Ironside

Why do Marie Sharp’s friends keep telling her to join a gym? Bicycle across Mongolia? Take a gourmet cooking class? Marie is happy just how she is: coming up on the big 6-0 in her own fresh, hilarious way!

Advanced Style by Ari Seth Cohen1363269

Fans of Humans of New York will appreciate this ode to the fashion senses of elderly New Yorkers. Prepare to see some fabulous photographs!

881416Dearest Dorothy: Slow Down, You’re Wearing Us Out! by Charlene Ann Baumbich

Eighty-seven-year-old Dorothy Jean Wetstra has a talent for shaking things up in her small town of Partonville, Illinois. When life gets surprising, she gets through it all with her faith, her friends, and her 1976 Lincoln Continental.


Author: Anna

Anna is a reference librarian and computer nerd at the Nevins Library. She is a fan of all speculative fiction.

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