Sunday, December 14, 2008

Books: the Perfect Gifts for Seniors (and Others)

During the past year, I have written quite a number of book reviews, both here and in "Never too Late!" From new to older, from fact to fiction, from serious to humorous, these books have in common only their connections with aging and its problems. Many of these books are little known. For the most part, I don't review best-sellers, but try to encourage people to buy books that may be overlooked, but are well worth your attention. You may find some good last-minute Christmas gifts here, for others or for yourself. All these books are available at They may be difficult or impossible to find in book stores.

Here are seven favorites from among the books I reviewed this year--and forgive me for recommending my own books as well. Links are to my on-line reviews (and for my books, reviews by others).

1. Measure of the Heart: a Father's Alzheimers, a Daughter's Return, by Mary Ellen Geist (Springboard, 2008).

2. Leisure Daze, by Mike Mihalek (Heartland, 2008) (Fiction/humor)

3 Where River Turns to Sky, by Greg Kleiner (Perennial, 2002). (Fiction)

4. As We Are Now, by May Sarton (Norton, 1973) (Fiction)

5. In the Arms of Elders: a Parable of Wise Leadership and Community Building, by William H. Thomas, M.D. (VanderWyk and Burnham, 2006) (Fiction/fantasy)

6. One Last Dance, by Mardo Williams (Calliope, 2005) (Fiction/senior romance)

7. The Fiction Class, by Susan Breen (Plume, 2008) (Fiction)

8. Reinventing Myself: Memoirs of a Retired Professor, by Marlys Marshall Styne (Infiniuty, 2006)

9. Seniorwriting: A Brief Guide for Seniors who Want to Write, by Marlys Marshall Styne (Infinity, 2007).

10. Elder Expectations: My Life in Rictameters, by Marlys Marshall Styne (Lulu, 2008) (Poetry)


Lieutenant Raymond E. Foster, LAPD (ret.), MPA said...

A good list and okay to include your own! I think your journey, from one career and life to another is occuring more frequently. There really isn't a defined path for those of us who retire after decades of service (24 in my case) and find themselves wanting and able to do more. Perhaps, the lack of the clear path is what has made it so enjoyable, thus far.

Tom said...

Marlys -- why not cheer up the seniors in your audience? Tell them to try "108th Street", a wonderful coming of age story set in 1958. They'll feel right at home. Many of my friends are seniors and they universally love the book. I think you would, too.