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Never Too Late: A 90-Year-Old's Pursuit of a Whirlwind Life
by Roy Rowan
Never Too Lateis one man’s views of the pleasures and potentials of old age based on a long life of adventure as a correspondent for the world’s leading magazines—and the lessons learned along the way from diverse groups of people, from the world’s most powerful leaders to some of the world’s most hapless individuals. ...more
Hardcover, 240 pages
Published April 1st 2011 by Lyons Press
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Dec 23, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
Recommended to Jennifer by: AARP
What a thought-provoking read for any Baby Boomer - or anyone interesting in understanding the aging process. Roy Rowan is a 90 year American writer who shares his reflections from years of covering stories for Life Magazine. He has walked with world leaders and covered 'hot spots' and war zones - places that those of us reading about his work today would never dream of visiting. From China's Communist take-over to the fall of Saigon and from the JFK assassination to his friendships with America ...more
Rowan starts out with a few essays on how to grow old gracefully (as he considers that he has done). He crisply tells readers many of the same things suggested everywhere: develop a hobby, try new things, be positive. But then he shifts to discuss his own life and the book becomes something else. He covers his life as a writer and publisher and he is a solid and interesting writer.
Roy Rowan led an active and intriguing life. I should say he “is leading” such a life—not past tense. His days as a war correspondent traveling all over the world may be over (or not), but his active lifestyle and writing are not finished. He intends to keep on doing it all till the end. I was hoping for more psychological, maybe spiritual nuggets of wisdom from the book, but Rowan does a lot of showing vs. telling. We can learn much from his simple act of purchasing a new car at ninety. He live ...more
Still trying to catch up on Goodreads, so.......... Put on your big girl/big boy pants and read this book! Enjoy your life and quit your crying. If you can't run, jog. Can't jog? Walk. Walking tires you? Walk more slowly and less distance. In other words, if this 90 yr. old man can find fun, excitement, curiosity, exuberance, in his waning years, So Can You! Read the book!