30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans [NOOK Book]

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“Heartfelt and ever-endearing – equal parts information and inspiration. This is a book to keep by your bedside and return to often.” --Amy Dickinson, nationally syndicated advice columnist "Ask Amy"


After a chance encounter with a remarkable ninety-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer decided to find out what older people know about life that the rest of us don’t. His quest led him to speak with a thousand Americans over the age of sixty-five—many of whom can remember the Depression and World ...

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Overview

“Heartfelt and ever-endearing – equal parts information and inspiration. This is a book to keep by your bedside and return to often.” --Amy Dickinson, nationally syndicated advice columnist "Ask Amy"


After a chance encounter with a remarkable ninety-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer decided to find out what older people know about life that the rest of us don’t. His quest led him to speak with a thousand Americans over the age of sixty-five—many of whom can remember the Depression and World War II. While some of their tales reaffirmed timeless wisdom, others surprised Pillemer with the unexpected. Now with a new preface by Jane Brody, 30 Lessons for Living distills their moving stories and hard-won advice. To learn how to live without regret, persevere through hard times, find fulfillment, and age fearlessly and well, there is no one better to ask than the people who have done it themselves.


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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
As he dispenses concrete, practical advice on how to make the most of our lives, Cornell gerontologist Pillemer turns for answers to our elders—those he believes are the experts, with the enormous advantage of life experience, whose limits have been tested by illness, danger, failure, oppression, and loss. His approximately 1,000 Americans age 65 and older from around the country and many walks of life share personal memories to explain what is important for a long, happy marriage: for instance, marrying someone a lot like yourself, trying to give more than you want to get out of the relationship, and learning how to fight are key. The seniors agree that you shouldn’t choose a career based only on potential earnings; that you should do everything necessary to avoid a permanent rift with a child, even if it requires compromise on a parent’s part; travel while you can, even if it means making financial sacrifices; and view aging as a quest and tidy up the loose ends of life before you go. Giving familiar advice a new spin by mining the rich resource of older Americans, Pillemer offers a refreshing, smart wakeup call about getting your priorities straight and living right. (Nov.)
Library Journal
Who better to teach lessons on living, asks Pillemer (human ecology, Cornell Univ.; director, Cornell Inst. for Translational Research on Aging), than the thousands of Americans over the age of 65 who have successfully navigated the territories of marriage, career, money, and aging? By conducting innumerable interviews, Pillemer found that their advice upends contemporary wisdom: they suggest marrying a person like oneself, choosing a career for intrinsic rewards, and spending more time with one's children. The author skillfully weaves a prevailing theme (e.g., parenting, aging fearlessly) with self-disclosing statements from interviewees to create a compelling, inspirational book. One of the best of its kind.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101545850
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/10/2011
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 288
  • Sales rank: 159,295
  • File size: 400 KB

Meet the Author


KARL PILLEMER, PH.D., is the founder and director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging. 
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Table of Contents

Foreword vii

Acknowledgments xi

A Note on Names xv

Chapter 1 Who Are the Wisest Americans and What Can They Tell Us? 1

Chapter 2 Great Together Lessons for a Happy Marriage 13

Chapter 3 Glad to Get Up in the Morning Lessons for a Successful and Fulfilling Career 51

Chapter 4 Nobody's Perfect Lessons for a Lifetime of Parenting 85

Chapter 5 Find the Magic Lessons for Aging Fearlessly and Well 125

Chapter 6 I Can Look Everyone in the Eye Lessons for Living a Life without Regrets 163

Chapter 7 Choose Happiness Lessons for Living like an Expert 197

Chapter 8 The Last Lesson 249

Ten Questions to Ask the Experts in Your Life 257

Appendix: How the Study was Done 261

Notes 269

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  • Posted February 16, 2012

    This book changed my life!

    I am 71 years old and I needed to be reminded of how important each day is. I was reminded of how I can choose to live my life.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

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    Useful and important for young adults

    The author, a gerontologist interviews the "experts," people in their senior years about living a successful life. Most of these lessons are directed at younger adults who don't feel the pressure of how short time is. It is not likely however that many of these young adults will really be able to integrate that feeling into their daily lives; but for those few who can, this book is a good "how to" to make their lives more meaningful and worthwhile.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 20, 2012

    A Must Read!

    This book is an astounding collection of life lessons from those 70 and older. Pillemer brings it together in a very easy-to-read manner, making it easy to see why this is often called the "Greatest Generation." These people have been through much more than any of us (under 50) can imagine, making their knowledge, sense of humor, and suggestions very worthwhile. By categorizing them, Pillemer makes it easy to skip to sections that might be more significant for you. While some of the suggestions may garner an "easier said than done" cynicism, Pillemer was sure to ask his "experts" on tips for HOW to life a better life. This makes for simple yet effective suggestions on how to redirect your life before it's too late. Own it. Read it. Pass it on. It will change your life, and in the process, change the lives of everyone around you.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 12, 2012

    Ingenious

    Insightful and very well written. The book transcends all ages - what a great concept. A MUST read!

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 25, 2012

    Great easy read

    I have enjoyed this book through out. The author has a nice easy and pleasant style. My favorite parts are the quotes from the older and wiser generation. They give us answers to questions I wish I had asked my grandparents and parents before I lost them.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 23, 2012

    Great Read - Worth Every Dollar!

    I was walking around BN not looking for any book in particular, this book caught my eye. I grabbed it thinking - I'll read a page and put it back. Read 10 pages realized I had to buy, finished it that night! As a young adult who works with "experts" everyday it gave me a refreshing outlook on how much seniors can offer with their life experiences. I loved how the book is sectioned off, makes it easier to navigate and find "wisdom" in the area you need most. This book makes you realize that you must appreciate each and everyday you get, and to always be happy!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 15, 2012

    Quite good, very interesting!

    Although I've read books of life stories from the elderly before, this one was different because it offered direct advice for living life well. I really appreciated the perspective the elders were willing to share, and plan to take their advice to heart. I'll read this again.

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