|Pages/Publication Date:||256 / 2018|
When New York Times journalist John Leland set out to meet senior Americans—the nation's fastest-growing age group—he expected to hear about challenges, loneliness, and the deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. But the six elders he came to know took him in an entirely different direction; despite the diversity of their backgrounds and circumstances, they each lived with a surprising lightness and contentment. What Leland encountered upends notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich and the elderly as incomparably wise. His warm and witty account reflects on how to "live better," informed by those who have mastered the art.
"Engrossing.... Few books about aging show such clarity and purpose or so deftly blend clear-eyed examinations of social issues with a realistic but hopeful cast of mind. In this edifying and often quite moving book, Leland presents the 'lessons' taught by his subjects even as they themselves are learning them, and he does so with an empathy and thoroughness that deserve our gratitude."—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)