Never Too Late: A 90-Year-Old's Pursuit of a Whirlwind Life [NOOK Book]


Never Too Late is career correspondent and author Roy Rowan’s rousing testament to the fact that if you are still in reasonably good health and have a career or set of interests to pursue, your swan-song years can be among your most productive. He shares his views of the pleasures and potentials of old age based on a long life of adventure—from his decades covering wars and revolutions across the globe to the jogging that took him through his eighties and the fishing that fills so many of his days as a ...
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Never Too Late: A 90-Year-Old's Pursuit of a Whirlwind Life

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Never Too Late is career correspondent and author Roy Rowan’s rousing testament to the fact that if you are still in reasonably good health and have a career or set of interests to pursue, your swan-song years can be among your most productive. He shares his views of the pleasures and potentials of old age based on a long life of adventure—from his decades covering wars and revolutions across the globe to the jogging that took him through his eighties and the fishing that fills so many of his days as a nonagenarian. Throughout he weaves in the lessons he has learned along the way and addresses a spectrum of topics, including the subjectivity of the label “old,” the importance of optimism, and the fight to maintain independence as the years go by. He also encourages retirees to start a second career or activity, naming the three E’s of Enthusiasm, Exertion, and Energy as the keys to pursuing a new passion. Never Too Late is one man’s stirring reminder that the philosopher Satchel Paige had it right when he asked, “How old would you be if you didn’t know how old you are?”
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"Only Roy Rowan could have written this book: part world tour, part excursion into the human body. From war zones to political conventions, from baseball to anti-inflammatories, from Mao to Mark Twain, this is the stuff of life, and a how-to guide to growing older . . . in great fashion!" —Brian Williams, NBC News "Roy Rowan is not exactly like you and me: he fought in one war and covered three others, palled around with Presidents, ran the New York marathon, and survived three cancers. But out of all these adventures and crises, he has written a book that is marvelously beneficial to every one of us on the far side of middle age. Do not go gentle, he insists, but live with the three E's, Enthusiasm, Exertion, and Energy. If you do, Scouts Honor, you'll move up the alphabet to wonder years of Pride, Productivity, and Passion." —Richard B. Stolley, founding editor People magazine and senior editorial adviser, Time Inc. "Want to learn how to age gracefully and have a great retirement? Then this is NOT the book for you! Roy Rowan, a great journalist, offers instead delightful tales and lessons about having a feisty and active old age. It's both a charming memoir and a fountain of insight for anyone who plans to live until at least 100." —Walter Isaacson, president of the Aspen Institute, author of Steve Jobs "Roy Rowan pictures old age not as sedentary geezerdom, but as a journey of discovery, recalling his own wondrous trips abroad. He winds back and forth between primer and memoir, offering lessons for living a fruitful exciting life in the post-retirement years." — Fortune review by Shawn Tully "Nonagenarian Roy Rowan shows that it's Never Too Late to cut loose." —Vanity Fair "A longtime war correspondent with a yen for adventure, Roy Rowan has lost some of his wind but none of his zest as he gallops into his tenth decade. He mixes advice with anecdote in a bid to inspire others in a congenial and entertaining read." —AARP Magazine review by Julia M. Klein "Tips on aging—live with the three "E"s (enthusiasm, exertion, and energy)." —People "A legendary Time journalist recalls memorable interviews as he faces up to old age." —Entertainment Weekly "You can't be too old—or too young—not to enjoy Never Too Late. Roy Rowan's advice to us pre-Boomers isn't just uplifting. Even better: it's downright practical." —Frank Deford, author of Bliss, Remembered "Rowan says the most important thing is to keep active and never stop doing what you love. He peppers the book with quotes from a variety of well-known people: "We don't get older, we get riper"—-Pablo Picasso "How old would you be if you didn't know how old you was?"—- Satchel Paige"If I'd known I was going to live this long, I would have taken better care of myself"—-Eubie Blake. —Hartford Courant Review by Susan Dunne "There's enough adventure in this book to keep your heart pounding deep into your senior years. As an accomplished field reporter and journalist, Roy Rowan has seen the front lines of combat, talked with dictators and lived (temporarily) as a vagabond to report on our homeless problem. And this book captures all of his energy, spirit, curiosity, and wisdom. It's packed with vivid stories, wonderful quotes, and wise comments that show how growing old can be just as exciting and fulfilling as any other part of living. I hope I'm like Roy Rowan when I'm ninety. He rocks. And we can, too. It's a wonderful read." —Helen Fisher, anthropologist Rutgers University, author of Why Him? Why Her? "This adventure- and wisdom-packed book is a boon to seniors who will no longer need to apologize for the space they take up on the planet. It will also help the young prepare for geezerhood." —Albert Rosenfeld, author of Prolongevity II "The marvelous course of Never Too Late winds back and forth between primer and memoir. The primer part offers lessons for living a fruitful, exciting life in the post-retirement years. . . . The book's main inspiration . . . is the full, adventurous, rollicking life story of the author himself, whose ardor for journalism keeps him extraordinarily productive at age 91. . . . The main lesson of Never Too Late is that you can keep excelling at something you love for a long, long time. Roy Rowan was lucky indeed to find what he was put on this earth to do from early on. His message is that you can find it at any age. The spires of Venice and domes of Istanbul await you. So think with your heart, pick a romantic destination, and get on that train." —
Kirkus Reviews

A lifelong magazine journalist files a striking travelogue of life, inspiration and encouragement for fellow retirees, equally intriguing for anyone who appreciates intellect and wit.

Rowan (First Dogs: American Presidents and Their Best Friends, 2009, etc.) employs simple yet sophisticated prose, as well as an amazing capacity for detail and memory, in this chronicle of his personal experiences, relationships and globetrotting. Details of the author's breathtaking and sometimes dangerous career—fromdodging bullets on the front lines of the Korean War to unforgettable audiences with world leaders, American presidents and celebrities, are interwoven with the stuff of real life—including his battle with cancer, his passion for jogging and more than 50 years of marriage to wife Helen.Despite his entry into the nonagenarian register, the author never lost his edge or his hope and thirst for knowledge, proving that one man or woman's life can influence and even change history, regardless of age. His account proves that with dogged determination, even those with reduced mobility—a natural consequence of old age—can adapt and discover new interests and joys.Hisprose is poetic and replete with colorful literary and philosophical quotes from renowned writers and thinkers.Rowan has a keen eye for detail, and his experiences, as he so aptly writes, are no "manual for growing old gracefully."

This book is more than memoir; it will serve as inspiration to anyone who fears loss or stagnation in old age.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780762768653
  • Publisher: Lyons Press, The
  • Publication date: 4/1/2011
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition description: First
  • Pages: 240
  • File size: 521 KB

Meet the Author

Roy Rowan is a career correspondent for Time, Life and Fortune and the author of ten books—including Chasing the Dragon (Lyons Press; forthcoming as a major motion picture). Visit him at
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Table of Contents

Who Says You Have to Grow Old Gracefully! xi

1 How Old Is Old? 1

2 Quit Is a Four-Letter Word 10

3 R Is for Resilience 25

4 Sunny Side Up 37

5 Tuned to the Immune System 50

6 You and the Eureka Factor 63

7 Stay in Touch 85

8 Seeking Solitude 103

9 Looking Back 117

10 Looking Ahead 134

11 Recycling the Past 141

12 Reliving the Dream 164

13 Finally, a Feeling of Closure 184

14 Cruising into the Nineties 199

Acknowledgments 225

About the Author 227

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