Never Too Late: A 90-Year-Old's Pursuit of a Whirlwind Lifeby Roy Rowan
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/i>… See more details below
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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?”
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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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 RoyRowan.com.
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