The Kitchen Is Closed: And Other Benefits of Being Old

The Kitchen Is Closed: And Other Benefits of Being Old

by Sandra Butler
The Kitchen Is Closed: And Other Benefits of Being Old

The Kitchen Is Closed: And Other Benefits of Being Old

by Sandra Butler


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In her eighties, Sandra Butler does not identify as elderly. Or mature. She's neither plucky nor a burden, and she's not over any hills. She's old, and she's ready to reclaim that word.

In this funny and intensely personal collection of essays, Butler chronicles her experience moving from aging to old, remembering and forgetting all the wrong things, feeling frustrated with technology, keeping up with the avalanche of cultural and political news, mothering two middle-aged daughters, surveying her old body, and ultimately, preparing for her death.

With its sharp humor and refreshing honesty, The Kitchen Is Closed is a must-read for aging women, eldercare workers, and adult children who want to gain a fuller sense of their mother's life. Old women are cast aside in white American culture, Butler argues, and it's both disheartening and disrespectful. Butler is not a senior-she's a mother, a lesbian, a Jew, a feminist, and at times, a "rabble-rousing hectorer." And now that her time is running out, Butler doesn't mess around with things that don't matter. She is supremely motivated, and she's so much braver than ever before.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9798985756005
Publisher: Both/And Productions
Publication date: 07/26/2022
Pages: 182
Sales rank: 774,353
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Sandra Butler is the author of several books, each designed to identify something unspoken and move those issues into public conversation. "Conspiracy of Silence: The Trauma of Incest" brought attention to the sexual violation of girls, "Cancer in Two Voices" frankly explored how a lesbian couple navigates the death of a partner, and "It Never Ends: Mothering Middle-Aged Daughters" described the intersection of aging and mothering while challenging the myths around both.Over the past three decades, Butler has written dozens of articles, reviews, and essays that have appeared in a range of periodicals and anthologies. She has facilitated workshops for community activists, social workers, and psychologists on violence against women and has lectured on women's issues nationally and internationally. She lived in the San Francisco Bay area for fifty years before moving to Phoenix, Arizona.
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