I Feel Great About My Hands: And Other Unexpected Joys of Agingby Shari Graydon
In our youth-obsessed world of Botox, plastic surgery and anti-wrinkle creams, Nora Ephron struck a chord with I Feel Bad about My Neck, a collection of essays that included several lamentations on the deterioration of her aging body. Women's advocate and acclaimed writer Shari Graydon set out to counter the supposed downhill slide-inspired grief by inviting/i>… See more details below
In our youth-obsessed world of Botox, plastic surgery and anti-wrinkle creams, Nora Ephron struck a chord with I Feel Bad about My Neck, a collection of essays that included several lamentations on the deterioration of her aging body. Women's advocate and acclaimed writer Shari Graydon set out to counter the supposed downhill slide-inspired grief by inviting notable women-all over fifty-to provide an alternative perspective. The result is a colorful anthology that pays homage to Nora Ephron but challenges the melancholy with a lively, often thoughtful, sometimes irreverent and ultimately uplifting celebration of the wonderful aspects of maturity.
I Feel Great about My Hands is a collection of stories, essays and poems that showcases a diversity of voicesmiddle-aged, senior, straight, gay, Native, maternal, analytical, sentimental, political. But all of these women are embracingsome warmly, some perhaps grudginglythe changes, discoveries and wisdom that come with age. From Gemini award-winning funny woman Mary Walsh's tongue-in-cheek romp about the preparation provided by years of playing a "big, loud, opinionated old bag," to celebrated poet Lorna Crozier's hilariously graphic contribution of "My Last Erotic Poem" ("Who wants to hear / about 26 years of screwing, / our once-not-unattractive flesh / now loose as unbaked pizza dough / hanging between two hands before it's tossed?"), this bold anthology captures a spectrum of viewpoints that nonetheless evoke a universal understanding of the triumphs that come only with years of accumulated experience.
Royalties of the book will benefit Media Action, an organization dedicated to challenging the underrepresentation, stereotyping and sexual objectification of women in the media.
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When I saw the title, I knew this book is where I’m at. By no means am I an octogenarian, and I’m double twenty and some. A collection of connections on aging, I Feel Great about My Hands: And other unexpected Joys of Aging, edited by Shari Graydon, seems just the thing when pronounced with “the knees of a 70-year-old.” I do fit right in among these women who have come of age, the second age of womanhood and third age of life. Joys of aging. I’ve certainly not heard very many olders through the years who gushed with joy about their fondness for the decade behind them and expectations for another incoming. The past ten years have been costly on a most personal level. I believed in my health, that one thing we have if we have nothing else—except the illusion parted at age 33 with a diagnosis of melanoma. Six months later in was tumbling through a physical cascade, which was met with an emotional one. By the end of 2005 I thought I had seen the darkest days; I was wrong. I read the words between the book’s covers and discovered a more subtle sweetness and far less bitterness. Each person’s writing was a dream of its own under the same sky, and I took the time to stop after each woman had her say. This is nonfiction. Nothing that began ended as I expected, but it is nonfiction. I admit to reading bits to my husband and snickering, and crying. Sharon Carstairs pulled the chair from beneath me, so powerful the beginning and ending. Uncommonly familiar, “Finding One’s Voice.” Powerful women, potent ideas, rich, rich experience from which they rise. If you’re pondering the pucker around your eyes or the irregular looping in your grandmother’s conversation, consider connecting with these women on a level you’d probably never experience face to face with anyone.