The Last Gift of Time

The Last Gift of Time

Life Beyond Sixty

Book - 1998
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When she was young, distinguished author and critic Carolyn Heilbrun solemnly vowed to end her life when she turned seventy. But on the advent of that fateful birthday, she realized that her golden years had been full of unforeseen pleasures. Now, the astute and ever-insightful Heilbrun muses on the emotional and intellectual insights that brought her "to choose each day for now, to live." There are reflections on her new house and her sturdy, comfortable marriage; sweet solitude and the pleasures of sex at an advanced age; the fascination with e-mail and the joy of discovering unexpected friends. Even the encroachments of loss, pain, and sadness that come with age cannot spoil Heilbrun's moveable feast. They are merely the price of bountiful living.

Baker & Taylor
In a best-selling study by the author of Reinventing Womanhood, the literary critic describes the emotional and intellectual pleasures of life after sixty, from making new friends to the peace of solitude. Reprint.

Baker
& Taylor

The feminist writer and author of the Amanda Cross mystery series looks back on a youthful pledge to commit suicide at seventy, explaining why, given that her sixties have been her happiest decade, she decided not to take her life

Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 1998
Edition: 1st Ballantine Books ed
ISBN: 9780345422958
0345422953
9780385313254
038531325X
Characteristics: 225 p. ; 22 cm

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mds9
Jun 22, 2015

Read this book twice now and each time, 10 years apart, it has been like sitting with an older woman more experienced with all that I am living, and a real pleasure for this companionship.

ser_library Jul 10, 2010

i read this 20 years ago and still remember it with delight. CH's background as a scholarly writer and literary mystery authour is well known; this memoir completes the picture.

My favourite chapter is about the house of her own.

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datter
Nov 10, 2009

Her views seem rather old-fashioned in some ways so I was surprised to find that she labels herself a feminist. If found the writing stilted and self-indulgent. Many quotes of other writers make it difficult to believe she has many ideas of her own. It was a disappointment - perhaps because just finishing Steinhem's "Revolution from Within", which seems so much more authentic.

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