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Monthly Book Suggestions > Ageism (May 2019)

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message 1: by Mariah Roze (new)

Mariah Roze (mariahroze) | 1370 comments Mod
Our diversity topic we will cover in May is Ageism. Please suggest book! You have till 4/18/19.

message 4: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Rigg | 118 comments "Stones for Ibarra" by Harriet Doerr - the author was first published when in her 70s, and the book is a knockout!


"Love in the Time of Cholera" by Gabriel García Márquez, includes a love story between two seniors


"Something Wicked This Way Comes" includes some meditations about having a father much older than your schoolmates' fathers:

And Bradbury's "Dandelion Wine" also has a strong theme around getting older

"A Widow for One Year" by John Irving has a main storyline around a young man in love with a much-older woman


"Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant" by Roz Chast. This is a graphic non-fiction book about the author coping with her parents' aging process.


"Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders" by Mary Pipher - EXCELLENT resource


message 5: by Sarah (new)

Sarah Rigg | 118 comments Oh, one more comes to mind. Anything by May Sarton is great. She remained vital and prolific well into her 70s and I think early 80s. But themes around aging and young vs. old are very strong in "Mrs. Stevens Hears the Mermaids Singing"


message 6: by La Tonya (last edited Apr 13, 2019 11:10AM) (new)

La Tonya  Jordan | 213 comments La Tonya wrote: "Play a Cold Hand (Scott Elliott Mystery #5) by Terence FahertyPlay a Cold Hand"

This is a mystery concerning a murder that took place in 1953 and researched in 1974. It involves the aging of the private detective business. At one time, it was the security business. Enjoy Reading, La Tonya 📗

〰️Beth〰️ (x1f4a0bethx1f4a0) | 0 comments I have to agree with Sarah Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast would also be a great read for the group. Not only does it discuss the topic it is a graphic novel which is a book format not normally part of the group discussions.
Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? by Roz Chast

babygirllit (Tish) (hardylovesreading) | 2 comments This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite

message 9: by Suzy (new)

Suzy (goodreadscomsuzy_hillard) | 22 comments I loved Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant? and would enjoy reading it again along with the group.

I will nominate Our Souls at Night about two people who form a relationship after their spouses die, and the repercussions of this in the small Colorado town in which they live.

message 10: by Christine (new)

Christine | 22 comments I second Agewise, and also suggest

Two Old Women: an Alaskan Legend of Courage, Betrayal, and Survival, by Velma Wallis (fiction, 140 pages).

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