I'm Not as Old as I Used to Be: Reclaiming Your Life in the Second Half

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Frances Weaver's book The Girls with the Grandmother Faces taught us that we are never too old or out of practice to grab hold of life's pleasures. In I'm Not As Old As I Used to Be, Weaver tackles the tougher issues in an unflinching yet humorous look at the strife we face as we grow older when, once again, we must fend for ourselves and get on with our lives. Speaking directly from her heart, Weaver shares her personal journey of growing older - from the pain and grieving that accompany widowhood, to her bout ...
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Overview

Frances Weaver's book The Girls with the Grandmother Faces taught us that we are never too old or out of practice to grab hold of life's pleasures. In I'm Not As Old As I Used to Be, Weaver tackles the tougher issues in an unflinching yet humorous look at the strife we face as we grow older when, once again, we must fend for ourselves and get on with our lives. Speaking directly from her heart, Weaver shares her personal journey of growing older - from the pain and grieving that accompany widowhood, to her bout with alcoholism and her courageous recovery. From coping with widowhood to making peace with life's inevitable changes, Weaver's practical suggestions and enlightened advice in I'm Not As Old As I Used to Be emphasizes the importance of acceptance and forging ahead. Drawing from personal experience, Weaver urges us to embrace life with a renewed sense of vitality and purpose, along with the knowledge that getting older means good times lie ahead.
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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Weaver, the 72-year-old senior editor of NBC's "Today Show," has published previously The Girls With the Grandmother Faces and lectured widely on how women can cope with growing older. In this upbeat manual, she presents her own experience on coming to terms with widowhood and gives practical suggestions for self-development through education and travel. After her husband's death, Weaver began to drink excessively and details here how she retreated into alcoholism until her family and friends convinced her to check into a detox center. It was only after achieving sobriety that she was able to build a new life. Although her determination to launch a writing career is inspiring and many of her suggestions for exploring new options will be useful to older women, Weaver's relentless cheeriness wears thin.
Library Journal
Both of these titles put a positive spin on growing older and offer encouragement to the over-50 crowd. Psychotherapist Gerike presents good practical advice about health, exercise, sex, and more, and she offers a particularly helpful chapter on ten ways to combat age discrimination. However, the format of little text and many cartoon drawings and occasional humorwhich some readers may feel talks down to its audiencemight detract from the overall power of the message. NPR commentator Weaver The Girls With the Grandmother Faces, Hyperion, 1996 takes a more personal approach. A few early chapters describe her battle with alcoholism and her path to sobriety. Then Weaver talks about how returning to school, traveling, and writing helped her adjust to widowhood and continue to grow in the second half of her life. A chapter-long poem relates her adventures on a whirlwind book tour. Although both books offer valuable information, Gerike's book is a little too slim to recommend for most library collections; Weaver's book will be popular especially where her earlier book is doing well.Marguerite Mroz, Baltimore Cty. P.L., Md.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780786212484
  • Publisher: Gale Group
  • Publication date: 12/1/1997
  • Series: Basic Ser.
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Edition description: LARGEPRINT
  • Pages: 208
  • Product dimensions: 5.80 (w) x 8.77 (h) x 0.80 (d)

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