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Confessions of a Funeral Director by Caleb Wilde
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Wilde writes from the perspective of a funeral director in a small town in Pennsylvania. His father and grandfather are both in the business. And he knows almost every family that he serves when their loved one dies. Consequently, the stories have ...more
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Your Life in My Hands by Rachel Clarke
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Talking to Strangers by Malcolm Gladwell
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I found the central idea of mismatch between emotions/thoughts and overt signals interesting. He uses the example of the TV show _Friends_ as a situation where all the characters are matched or easy to read. But real life situations are more complex, ...more
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Olive, Again by Elizabeth Strout
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I'm glad Strout brought Olive back in a second novel. I really like watching the world through Olive's eyes. Strout's prose allows the reader to love someone who has a lot of annoying traits -- and that's a very human experience, since we all have ...more
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Physical Change and Aging, Sixth Edition by Sue V. Saxon
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Just My Type by Simon Garfield
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Elderhood by Louise Aronson
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It took me a while to find a rhythm to reading this book. I had two reasons that made it difficult for me to connect.

1. The genre is unconventional.

It's a mix of memoir, clinical experience, philosophical observations, a survey of key readings in
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Gautama Buddha
“A man traveling across a field encountered a tiger. He fled, the tiger after him. Coming to a precipice, he caught hold of the root of a wild vine and swung himself down over the edge. The tiger sniffed at him from above. Trembling, the man looked down to where, far below, another tiger was waiting to eat him. Only the vine sustained him.

Two mice, one white and one black, little by little started to gnaw away the vine. The man saw a luscious strawberry near him. Grasping the vine with one hand, he plucked the strawberry with the other. How sweet it tasted! ”
Buddha, The Dhammapada: Verses on the Way

Wendell Berry
“Don't own so much clutter that you will be relieved to see your house catch fire.”
Wendell Berry, Farming: a hand book

Garrison Keillor
“You get old and you realize there are no answers, just stories.”
Garrison Keillor, Pontoon
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William Shakespeare
“How far that little candle throws his beams! So shines a good deed in a weary world.”
William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice

Voltaire
“Men will always be mad, and those who think they can cure them are the maddest of all.”
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