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By Nan Narboe

Nan Narboe's fifty six thoughtfully chosen essays supply an intimate and lyrical account of getting older during the many years.

Authors Judy Blume, Andrew McCarthy, Gloria Steinem, Donald corridor, David Shields, Ursula ok. Le Guin and others draw from their very own studies, describing a selected decade’s losses and earnings 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 photograph of nearing 50, the 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, the 90s and past with equivalent elements humor and perception.

Drawing on seven a long time worthy of stories, the chosen essays supply 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, now not a crimson 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 ok. Le Guin’s "Dogs, Cats, and Dancers: concepts approximately good looks” meditates on human self-consciousness—it is getting older people who locate their our bodies marvelous. And in "Death," Donald corridor rejects euphemisms: he’s unlikely to “pass away;” he’s going to die.

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