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Posted June 14, 2013
Lori Stevic-Rust’s memoir is an inspiring read based on memories, teachings, and anecdotes from her centenarian grandmother, Emily Bernice Sitosky Serian. It is her grandmother’s voice that Lori hears in her head as I’m sure many people can relate to that voice in their head whether it be a mother or father or grandparent. It reminds us of what is important in life.Emily’s life has much to teach all of us especially since she didn’t start the aging process until she was 90. This is hard to imagine in a world where people complain of getting older and worry when they turn 30 or 40. Stevic-Rust takes a risk to share some of her own life stories. She is prepared to be vulnerable and is aware that it is our stories that connect us. Through these stories, whether it be anecdotes of “flops”, pot roasts, Christmas memories and traditions, caring for others, dining room tables, or a good argument, we learn some of the important life lessons Emily Serian passed on to the generations that came after her.One of many lessons that resonated with me was that “our purpose is often hidden in difficult decisions” and I believe that this quote summarizes much of what Emily Serian was all about “she has spent her life absorbing moments like a sponge so they could sustain her later; giving, always giving… and loving, not just the easy kind of loving, but genuinely loving people that I often thought were not worthy of her love. But it never stopped her. Carrying a grudge or a hurt seemed to be a waste of time…”For anyone who has had a grandmother or elderly friend or for anyone who is aging themselves, this book offers a positive perspective on how to age well. I hope that when I reach fifty I feel like the best is still yet to come!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted May 19, 2013
Greedy for Life: A Memoir on Aging with Gratitude, by Lori Stevic-Rust, was an emotional roller coaster that I just couldn't put down! This book literally had me wiping away tears on one page, while laughing on the next! The author tells about aging, but does it in such a way that see the way it changes a family and the love that grows between them through everything they go through. She tells it through her personal experiences and memories of both the good and the bad that have happened in her life, and you can't help but to relate to certain areas no matter what age you are because she tells them over the span of her lifetime.
This is a must read for anyone! Great job the the author! I highly recommend this book to any and everyone looking for something easy to read. It's a quick, easy read, as I read it in two short sittings. Good Job to the author!
Posted April 22, 2013
Dr. Lori Stevic-Rust is 50 years old and her Nana, Emily Bernice Sitosky Serian, is 100. What a wonderful way to pay tribute to someone. Lori writes using her memories of good times and bad, always keeping her Nana and her influence. While this is a book on aging, it does show a true family full of love, friendship, trust, understanding and growth. Not only is there a 100 year old woman, it also includes 4 more generations! The story goes into different aspects of Lori’s past, including holidays and family traditions, learning what a caregiver really is, true friendship, sports and the realities of life and death. While Nana had a difficult first 50 years, including physical, emotional and financial struggles, her second 50 years seemed to have made up for it. Always willing to learn new things and never forgetting to have a sense of humor and laugh. With minimal characters, you will get the true sense of family. If only all families could experience this type of closeness. While the plot is merely a series of chapters highlighting a specific feeling or experience, it will keep you smiling, laughing and feeling for the family during their heartbreaks. The family closeness throughout the years, and the wonderful celebration of a woman turning 100 is worthy of your time.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.