The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old
Fair warning – you are very likely to fall in love with this rebellious, pseudonymous, possibly fictional Dutch octogenarian. Hendrik Groen’s daily diary entries describing life in his retirement home are often acerbic, frequently philosophical and, at times, genuinely heartbreaking. It’s the untold story of millions around the world, people treated like dolts and burdens simply because they’re old. Clever and funny, Hendrik gathers a group of like-minded souls around him, members of what becomes the old-but-notdead-club. There’s a reason this book has been translated from its original Dutch into 20 different languages. It’s an extraordinarily beautiful portrayal of friendship and a tender but penetrating account of old age.