By Nan Narboe

Nan Narboe's fifty six thoughtfully chosen essays supply an intimate and lyrical account of getting older in the course of the a long time.

Authors Judy Blume, Andrew McCarthy, Gloria Steinem, Donald corridor, David Shields, Ursula okay. Le Guin and others draw from their very own stories, describing a selected decade’s losses and profits to shape a posh and unflinching portrait of the years from nearing fifty to 90 and past.

In six sections, those detail-rich essays paint an available photo of nearing 50, the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, the 90s and past with equivalent components humor and perception.

Drawing on seven many years worthy of reviews, the chosen essays provide a clear-eyed composition of narratives, every one narrative as vital because the one prior to it. In Paul Casey's "Katie Couric is not any good friend of Mine," a colonoscopy, no longer a pink convertible, marks his initiation into mid-life. Germaine Koh, in "Thoughts on Aging," is the oldest participant in her curler derby league, confounded through her altering physique. Ursula okay. Le Guin’s "Dogs, Cats, and Dancers: recommendations approximately good looks” meditates on human self-consciousness—it is getting older people who locate their our bodies fantastic. And in "Death," Donald corridor rejects euphemisms: he’s not likely to “pass away;” he’s going to die.

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