The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty

The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty

The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty

The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty


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A frank, honest, and insightful look into the lives of women over fifty. 
The Second Half explores, in photographic portraits and interviews, how the second half of life is experienced by women from many different cultures. From a French actress to a British novelist, from an Algerian nomad to a Saudi Arabian doctor, and an American politician, Ellen Warner traveled all over the world to interview women about their lives.  She asked them what they learned in the first half that was helpful in the second, and what advice they would give to younger women. Their revealing and inspiring stories are enlightening for all readers, and are illustrated by Warner’s stunning portraits which tell their own story.


Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781684580866
Publisher: Brandeis University Press
Publication date: 01/20/2022
Pages: 257
Sales rank: 526,970
Product dimensions: 7.50(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

About the Author

Ellen Warner began her career as a photojournalist in 1969. Her photographs have been pub­lished in numerous newspapers and magazines and exhibited extensively. Over the years, she has developed a specialty in author portraits and has worked for most publishing houses in New York and London. She has also writ­ten travel articles, which have been published in the New York Times, Travel and Leisure, and The Traveller.

Table of Contents

Foreword by Erica Jong
Foreword by Sarah Lamb


Odette Walling, born 1920, interviewed at age 86
Resistance leader, Ravensbruck Prisoner #47321, Kings Medal for Courage, Medaille de Resistance, Paris, France

Jean Angell, born ca 1942, interviewed at age 65
Lawyer with Lou Gehrig’s disease, Prout’s Neck, Maine, USA

Roxy Beaujolais, born ca. 1947, interviewed at age 60
Publican of the Seven Stars, Carey Street, London, England

Teresa Sayward, born ca. 1944, interviewed at age 64
State Assemblywoman, Retired Farmer, Willsboro, New York, USA

Leslie Caron, born 1931, interviewed at age 70
Actress, Paris, France

Dr. Fathia Al Sulimani, born 1950, interviewed at age 60
Nephrologist, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Marilynn Preston, born 1946, interviewed at age 60
Journalist, playwright and Emmy Award winning TV producer, Santa Fe, New Mexico, USA

Jacqueline Délia Brémond, born 1936, interviewed at age 70
Publisher, Co-Founder and Co-Chair of Fondation Ensemble, Paris, France

Fatma Doufen, born ca 1945, interviewed at age 62
Tuareg nomad in the Sahara - 36 k from Tamanrasset, Southern Algeria

Francoise Simon, born ca. 1930, interviewed at age 76
Portrait Painter, Paris, France

Luisah Teish, born ca 1948, interviewed at age 60
Shaman, Teacher of Transformation, Spiritual Anthropologist, San Francisco, California, USA

Perla Servan-Schreiber, born ca. 1944, interviewed at age 62
Publisher, writer, Founder of Psychologie magazine, Paris, France

Irene Carlos, born ca 1900, interviewed at age 107
Retired Cook, Antigua, West Indies

Ni Ketut Takil, born ca. 1935, interviewed at age 75
A Jero Balian (Sacred Healer), Banjar Baung Sayan, Ubud, Bali, Indonesia

Bokara Legendre, born 1940, interviewed at age 70
Actress, Writer, Artist, TV presenter, New York and South Carolina, USA

Salama Ba Sunbol, born ca. 1957, interviewed at age 53
Embroidery Specialist and Trainer, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia

Tamasin Day-Lewis, born 1953, interviewed at age 55
Documentary Filmmaker, Food Critic, Chef and Author
Somerset, England

Georgia Nikitara, born ca 1932, interviewed at age 74
Farmer, Patmos, Greece

Giuliana Camerino, born 1920, interviewed at age 86
Founder of the design firm Roberta di Camerino, Venice, Italy

Ada Gates, born 1943, interviewed at age 67
Farrier, First Woman Licensed to Shoe Thoroughbred Horses in the USA and Canada, Pasadena, California, USA

Ma Thanegi, born 1946, interviewed at age 65
Journalist, Author, Ang San Suu Kyi’s Personal Assistant who went to jail with her, Yangon, Myanmar

Flora Biddle, born 1928, interviewed at age 80
Writer, past Chair of the Board of The Whitney Museum, Granddaughter of the Founder, New York City, USA

Elizabeth Jane Howard, born 1923, interviewed at age 84
Author, Bungay Bay, Suffolk, England

Modestine Brown, born ca.1931, interviewed at age 76
Retired Cook, Antigua, West Indies

Cristina Loring de Saavedra, born ca 1947, interviewed at age 61
Retired Flamenco Dancer, Madrid, Spain

Christine Ockrent, born 1944, interviewed at age 62
First women TV anchor in France, Paris, France

Peggy Elliott, born ca. 1943, interviewed at age 64
Manicurist, Fishers Island, New York and West Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Lady Elizabeth Longman, born 1924, interviewed at age 82
Wife of the last head of Longman’s Publishing Company, Bridesmaid to Queen Elizabeth, London, England

Lali Al Balushi, born ca 1950, interviewed at age 60
Housewife, Muscat, Oman

Tullia Zevi, born 1919, interviewed at age 89
Musician, Journalist, President of the Italian Jewish Communities, Vice President of European Jewish Communities, Rome, Italy

Lama Yeshe Drolma, born ca 1945, interviewed at age 61
Buddhist Lama, Lubeck, Germany

Lulu Balcom, born 1908, interviewed at age 98
Artist, Fishers Island, New York and Palm Beach, Florida, USA

Dodie Rosecrans, born 1919, interviewed at age 88
American art collector who divides her time between San Francisco, Paris and Venice

Elo Papasin, born 1946, interviewed at age 60
Housekeeper and Cook, Manila, Philippines. Currently lives in Paris, France

Monika Kochs, born ca. 1946, interviewed at age 61
Artist, Salzburg, Austria

Marina Ma, born ca. 1923, interviewed at age 85
Mother of Yo-Yo Ma, cellist, and Dr. Yo-Chen Ma
Long Beach, New York, USA

Charlotte Mosley, born 1952, interviewed at age 55
Journalist, Publisher, Editor of the letters of the Mitford Sisters
Paris, France

Marilyn Nelson, born 1946, interviewed at age 74
Poet, Translator, Author, Former Poet Laureate of Connecticut
East Haven, Connecticut, USA

Blanche Blackwell, born 1912, interviewed at age 95
Ian Fleming’s last great love, mother of Chris Blackwell who founded Virgin Records, London, England

Olivia de Havilland, born 1916, interviewed at age 92
Actress, Paris, France
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