Saturday, October 10, 2015

Keep Moving by Dick Van Dyke with Todd Gold (Book Review)

Disclosure of material connection- I received a copy of the book from the publisher via Netgalley in exchange for my honest thoughts. I was not required to write a positive review and all opinions stated are 100% my own. 

About the book-

Beloved Hollywood icon Dick Van Dyke will celebrate his 90th birthday in December 2015. He’s an established legend, having starred in Mary Poppins, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, and The Dick Van Dyke Show. And yet he’s still keeping himself busy, entertaining America on television, movies, the stage, and social media. Everyone wonders, “How does he do it?” For the first time, Van Dyke will share his secrets and tips on old age: Just keep moving.

In a fun and folksy way of addressing readers, Keep Moving will serve as an instruction book on how to embrace old age with a positive attitude. The chapters are filled with exclusive personal anecdotes that explore various themes on aging: how to adapt to the physical and social changes, deal with loss of friends and loved ones, stay current, fall in love again, and “keep moving” every day like there’s no tomorrow.

My thoughts-

I will admit that I am probably not the target audience for this book about aging (although I am sure I will be there in the blink of an eye) but Dick Van Dyke could literally write a dictionary and I would be the first in line to read it. I just think he is the funniest man on the planet and I am always interested in what he has to say. While the book would definitely be easier to relate for senior citizens, I got a kick reading Mr. Van Dyke's musings about old age and the "ageism" he often experiences. The book was, of course, quite funny but with  reaching a certain age also comes a certain amount of sadness because it is inevitable you will lose people along the way. I learned things I didn't know about Dick Van Dyke prior to reading this book and it put me in the mood to watch old reruns of my favorite comedy of all time The Dick Van Dyke Show. I think everyone should listen to what he has to say, so I would recommend Keep Moving to anyone who might one day be old and especially to anyone who enjoys a positive and funny outlook on life.

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