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Early Bird: A Memoir of Premature Retirement
by Rothman, Rodney
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1. Early Bird is written by a 28 year-old comedian who chooses to live in a retirement community. Do you think this book has a greater appeal to his generation? Would it appeal to all generations?
2. Why do you think Rothman chose to live in a retirement community? Do you think that he experienced what he hoped to find? What surprised him about his experience?
3. Some reviews claim that this book reads like a stand-up comedy sketch and that the humor is sometimes irreverent. Do you agree? If so, did that affect your enjoyment of the book?
4. Who is the most memorable character that Rodney meets at Century Village? Which one would you most like to meet? Who had the greatest influence on Rodney?
5. Rodney, at age 28, initially finds it hard to be accepted in the community. He is more quickly accepted by the women rather than the men. Why do you think this happened?
6. Rothman describes the members of Century Village as Jewish, low-middle class and from the Northeast. Do you suspect that similar stories could be told in other retirement communities? (For example, how would the stories change if the setting was an Arizona retirement community with Protestant members from the mid-west?)
7. Does Rothman's experience at Century Village change his opinion of senior citizens? How do you suspect this experience to influence him after he leaves the retirement community?
8. Has this book influenced your opinion of senior citizens and / or retirement communities? Are you more or less interested in living in a retirement community?
9. According to a media article, Early Bird is being considered for a television series. Do you think this is a good idea? Do you the book can translate into a television program? If program airs, will you watch it?
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