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What is "experience"? In this anthology edited by Janes, a former English teacher and AARP communications officer, it is varied and open to wide interpretation. His selections of passages from various works of fiction, poetry, and memoir-all previously published, most within the past five years-by a variety of notable authors (e.g., Mary Oliver, Alice Munro, Richard Russo, Julia Alvarez) focus on diverse topics. Rita Dove comments on discoveries made at a public library in the 1960s, Amy Tan reflects on the meaning of beauty, and Jane Juska shares her delightful late-life adventures in sexuality. Beyond the writers' ages (all are over 50), the unifying element of the collection is difficult to pinpoint, but perhaps that is the point: experience is unique to the individual. That some of the selections are from works of fiction and poetry complicates matters somewhat: Are these the experiences of the author or of the characters the author has imagined? This may not matter at all to readers intrigued by the idea behind the collection. Interesting biographical summaries follow each entry. Recommended for large public libraries.