Staff Pick

People are living longer today, but the subject of aging has received relatively little literary attention. That paucity of what Canadian journalist and author Ian Brown calls “authentic” writing about aging inspired him to keep a diary beginning on his sixtieth birthday and continuing until his sixty-first. And thus was born Sixty (Experiment, $24.95), an unvarnished examination of his foibles and fantasies, failures and fulfillments. With a literary touch, humor, and charm, Brown meditates on gardening, marriage, uncooperative body parts, and how to measure one’s life and work. His story is particularly poignant when recounting the challenges of raising a severely disabled son, (the subject of his highly acclaimed first book, The Boy in the Moon). While it’s easy for those of us of a certain age to recoil at the thought of reading a book about getting older (who wants to go there?), Brown’s work is the perfect entry point. One discovers reading Sixty that there’s really nothing to fear about the topic!

Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning? Cover Image
ISBN: 9781615193509
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: The Experiment - August 23rd, 2016

Sixty: A Diary: My Year of Aging Semi-Gracefully Cover Image
ISBN: 9781615193967
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Published: The Experiment - September 5th, 2017

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.

Old Age: A Beginner's Guide Cover Image
ISBN: 9781101903766
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Published: Tim Duggan Books - April 26th, 2016