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  • By Daniel L Berek
    Sep 23, 2015
    A Wonderful Description of Why the Golden Years Are Golden First the disclaimer - Alhough I am quite a bit older than the the readers of Jan Slepian's earlier treasures - such as "The Alfred Summer," "The Broccoli Tapes," and "The Hungry Thing," - I am not quite of the age for this book. The second disclaimer - I am a major fan of Jan Slepian's work and was eagerly awaiting her latest. So what is age anyway but a number? Though as a middle-aged man, I am a comparative youngster, that did not take away from my enjoyment of this wonderful little volume. Jan Slepian's books have always been very life affirming, with a healthy dollop of humor to spice things up. And this latest work certainly did not disappoint. The book is actually a collection of 20 short vignettes Ms. Slepian wrote for her community newsletter. In the title essay, "Astonishment," Ms. Slepian looks back with wonder - the miracle of being able to witness so much in life, both sad... More > and happy but all good. Other themes cover friendship, grief, optimism, and the challenges posed by trying to open a bag of pretzels. Jan Slepian is able to laugh through it all, giving both senior citizens and those of us who are approaching that stage much reason for hope. It also helps one see life through the perspective of a senior citizen. And, as always, her writing is clear and beautifully composed, accompanied by light-hearted illustrations by Laura Schreiber. I loved the book and will treasure my copy. And I will read it when I am a senior citizen and can look back on a life well lived. With astonishment.< Less
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June 13, 2009
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.3 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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