The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen

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A #1 international bestseller in the vein of Fredrik Backman's A Man Called Ove: a funny and tender-hearted tale about friendship, love, and an old man who is young at heart.

Technically speaking, Hendrik Groen is....elderly. But at age 83 1/4, this feisty, indomitable curmudgeon has no plans to go out quietly. Bored of weak tea and potted geraniums, exasperated by the indignities of aging, Hendrik has decided to rebel - on his own terms. He begins writing an exposé: secretly recording the antics of day-to-day life in his retirement home, where he refuses to take himself, or his fellow "inmates," too seriously.
With an eccentric group of friends, he founds the wickedly anarchic Old-But-Not-Dead Club, and he and his best friend, Evert, gleefully stir up trouble, enraging the home's humorless director and turning themselves into unlikely heroes. And when a sweet and sassy widow moves in next door, he polishes his shoes, grooms what's left of his hair, and determines to savor every ounce of joy in the time he has left, with hilarious and tender consequences.
A bestselling phenomenon that has captured imaginations around the world, The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen is inspiring, charming, and laugh-out-loud funny with a deep and poignant core: a page-turning delight for readers of any age.
Publisher: New York : Grand Central Publishing, [2017]
ISBN: 9781455542178
Branch Call Number: GROEN
Characteristics: 378 pages ; 22 cm
Additional Contributors: Velmans, Hester - Author

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You'll laugh and cry when you read about the hijinks of the Old But Not Dead Club, a group of older adults who refuse to pass their twilight years doing nothing but instead doing something. ArapahoeKati

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ArapahoeKati Mar 18, 2020

You'll laugh and cry when you read about the hijinks of the Old But Not Dead Club, a group of older adults who refuse to pass their twilight years doing nothing but instead doing something. Fans of A Man Called Ove, try this.


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BJENFJ
Oct 13, 2020

Someone recommended this book to me and I am so glad they did. What a fun look at this man's life. What a sad look at his life. What an interesting look at his life. As I am 78, I see my future if it is not already here.

ArapahoeKati Mar 18, 2020

You'll laugh and cry when you read about the hijinks of the Old But Not Dead Club, a group of older adults who refuse to pass their twilight years doing nothing but instead doing something. Fans of A Man Called Ove, try this.

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IrishMoon
Feb 03, 2020

Excellent, absolutely excellent!

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jsmcintosh
Jan 24, 2020

I *loved* this book, and the sequel. Wonderful characters, laugh-out-loud moments, tenderness, pathos, thoughtfulness... I'd give it five stars, but it seems all I can do is add a comment. (Edit--okay, I think I managed to give it its well-deserved five stars!)

multcolib_susannel Dec 14, 2019

83 Year old Hendrik Groen has decided to live the last years of his life to its fullest- so he and his friend form the Not Dead Yet Club.

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dhuli
Sep 24, 2019

I found this book rang very true about the dreary lives of many in seniors' facilities. Fortunately Hendrik and his gang decide to tackle this problem for themselves. An interesting read.

JessicaGma Sep 03, 2019

It's a clever conceit that examines very real implications of aging, death and how do you best manage both. Hendrik is a delight.

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wyenotgo
Jul 25, 2019

This book is a pure delight, one of the most amusing things I've read in many years. Gruen is a sly, mischievous old guy with a sardonic view of his world and those around him. He is waging a full time battle against the seemingly endless unwritten "regulations" that govern the seniors residence where he lives. As a founding member of the "Old but Not Dead" club he and his band of fellow rebels are intent upon living their lives to the full.
Gruen has brilliantly recreated the reality that many of us will face, with absolute honesty, courage, empathy and above all humor.
By far the best thing I've read so far this year.

Kstobo May 05, 2019

I really enjoy these old-people-as-protagonists books, and this one is no exception. Funny and sort of heart-breaking, totally recommend.

Beaverton_JennieC Oct 09, 2018

This book brought me so much joy (and, admittedly, a little bit of melancholy). Hendrik Groen is the grandpa we all wished we had. He's fastidious in his ways, compassionate, and just a little bit grumpy. His "secret diary" reveals the day-to-day hopes, musings, and gripes of an elderly man who lives in a senior home with other residents he finds mostly petty and annoying (with a few golden exceptions). Hendrik's mission to forge meaningful friendships and live out the last of his days as fully as he is able will renew your lease on life and have you in stitches.

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