Staff Pick

At various turning points in life, and as our bodies change, we women are called upon to expand our sense of identity and alter the ways we think and behave.  In her 1994 book Reviving Ophelia, cultural anthropologist and psychologist Mary Pipher challenged traditional narratives and assumptions about teenage girls.  Women Rowing North is a kind of bookend to that earlier work, and challenges assumptions about older women.  Drawing on interviews with women from many different backgrounds, Pipher demonstrates how  aging does not mean we must become diminished versions of ourselves.  Instead, we can cultivate emotional resilience, wisdom and authenticity even in the face of illness, loss and grief.  

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$27.00
ISBN: 9781632869609
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Published: Bloomsbury Publishing - January 15th, 2019

Staff Pick

Michael Kinsley, who turned sixty-five this year, is arguably too young to have written a book he’s calling a primer to growing old. But as he acknowledges in Old Age: A Beginner’s Guide (Tim Duggan, $18), Kinsley has been nothing if not precocious for a good part of his career. Besides, he got a head start on experiencing and thinking about ageing when, at forty-three, he was diagnosed with Parkinson’s disease. This is a thin, small book, but it’s filled with insight, wit, and Kinsley’s characteristic well-pitched prose.

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$18.00
ISBN: 9781101903766
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - April 26th, 2016

Michael Kinsley delivers some of the harsh and stark realities of growing old with his dark and biting wit. If you don't have dementia or some other terrible disease now, don't worry, you'll be in the club soon. So with that truth as your starting point how will you evaluate what is most important? Material wealth? Longevity? Mental prowess? Life is a race but Kinsley, who claims to be ahead of us all with a diagnosis of early onset Parkinson's disease, asks us to consider what's at the finish line.

Old Age: A Beginner's Guide Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781101903766
Availability: In Stock—Click for Locations
Published: Tim Duggan Books - April 26th, 2016