Aging: An Apprenticeship by Nan Narboe

By Nan Narboe

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

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 particular 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 studies, the chosen essays supply a clear-eyed composition of narratives, each one narrative as vital because the one ahead of it. In Paul Casey's "Katie Couric is not any pal of Mine," a colonoscopy, now not a purple convertible, marks his initiation into mid-life. Germaine Koh, in "Thoughts on Aging," is the oldest participant in her curler derby league, confounded by means of her altering physique. Ursula ok. Le Guin’s "Dogs, Cats, and Dancers: options approximately good looks” meditates on human self-consciousness—it is getting older people who locate their our bodies impressive. And in "Death," Donald corridor rejects euphemisms: he’s not likely to “pass away;” he’s going to die.

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