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Carolyn Heilbrun--distinguished author and scholar, happily married mother of three, and grandmother--tells why she had always resolved to take her own life at the age of 70 and the reasons that led her to negotiate, day by day, the choice to live instead. 220 pp. National ads & publicity. 20,000 print.
Posted January 24, 2000
At one point in time, back in the Women¿s Lib days, I suspect Carolyn Heilbrun was considered one outrageous woman. Now in her respectable 70¿s she gives us other aging women an inspiring gift in writing the slim volume The Last Gift of Time. I¿m not even to my 60th decade yet¾the age of which she writes¾and I love this book! She does none of the wailing that characterizes some older women¿s writings. Au contraire, Ms. Heilbrun is still dancing for joy, to use her own expression, in spite of time¿s passage. I like this person who is maintaining a 'carefully directed intensity'about her intellectual life. She¿s not going to 'draw in' as she grows older. In fact, her chapter on e-mail is a great sales pitch for putting (as she suggests) a '. . .functioning computer tied to the Internet and e-mail in the home of everyone over sixty-five.' While we might not need permission to stop wearing heels and dresses, it¿s heartening to have such an unapologetic endorsement for adopting liberating clothing and even being a bit androgynous in our style! In only 15 short chapters, this wonderful woman shares her thoughts on everything from listening to youth to the inevitable mortality. In the jargon of the day, 'She rocks!' ##
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