Out to Pasture but Not over the Hill
Hattie McNair may be retired, but she certainly hasn't retired from life. In journals and letters to a friend, Hattie tells the stories of her fellow residents at a retirement home and of the immeasurable gifts and burdens of aging.
Through the histories...more
Miss Harriet tells the story in journal jottings, some thoughts are disconnected to the...more
Sweet book.. I wanted to like it a lot because I loved working with older people and was in a lot of retirement/assisted living/nursing homes during my career. I think my personal experience is what kept me from being completely entertained by this book. I wanted more plot. The anecdotes the author included were nice, but I heard so many wonderful stories first hand that the ones in the book did not seem especially important. I wanted the anecdotes to contribute to the plot, but they just didn'...more
There is a nice narrative arc to the story, and wisdom based on a long life. I was interested that she wondered if it was worth going on living, but really, what choice do we have?
A gentle, thoughtful read, especially if you have spent any time in a home for the elderly.