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How We Live by Sherwin B. Nuland
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Mar 20, 2011

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Read from March 20 to 27, 2011

Nuland writes a book on how to age gracefully. Because he's a surgeon, I was looking forward to a detailed description of changes to the body that happen to the aging process. That's not what he did. Yes, he did explain the value to healthy lifestyle choices; however, Nuland writes primarily about healthy choices of attitude. He probably has some sound things to say, but I had trouble paying attention, especially to the sections that were more abstract. When I was in my 20s, I enjoyed books about philosophical principles. Now that I'm almost 50, I want books that are more concrete. Don't tell me; show me. For this reason, I enjoyed the sections that depicted specific people. But when he had passages about worldly wisdom--his or well-known philosophers, poets and literary figures--I was less engaged. If you want to spend an evening conversing with a well-rounded man, pick up this book. He's a good person, but I wouldn't say that he has the last word on the process of aging.

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