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  • By Daniel L Berek
    Sep 23, 2015
    A New Book on Being Old With the gentle compassion, wisdom, and humor that made her initial foray into this genre, "Astonishment," which was such a joy to read, Jan Slepian serves up another delicious collection of essays on the joys, sense of wonder and, challenges of aging. Her first essay, "How I Lost My Husband and Found Google" is a metaphor of how her life has changed when she lost her spouse and best friend of more than a half century and how she adapted, not just to technology, but a whole new way of life. Of course, it is no substitute for a man with a wellspring of knowledge that also served to quench his sometimes dry humor. But it has helped give her direction, a theme that sets the tone for the remainder of the book. "In Praise of the Ordinary" shows how the "everyday, the mundane, not only provides comfort and a way to deal with the stresses of uncertainty and change, but also offers little surprises of its own, just enough to make life... More > interesting and every bit worth living as sweet remembrance of the past.” "Slippage" starts with how getting older makes one vulnerable. Nevertheless, “...Much as I would like to put a positive spin on the downside of aging, it's a reach.... But without even reaching, I know that isn't the whole story." And: "A long life contains a fortune in memories... Our failures and losses have taught us well, and while we didn't ask for the lessons, we cannot help but have a deeper understanding of ourselves and of our fellow travelers... Whatever we endure, in a deep and comic way we are more than we were." Themes in her life include sleep, which never seems to come when you want it and hits you when you don't, games she played in her childhood days in Brighton Beach, the passage of time, the mysteries and wonders of our high-tech world of instant communication and social networking, and whether she should swim 103 miles though shark-infested waters like the lady she read about in the paper (nah!), and an unapologetic need for a National Complaint Day. "Tender Mercies" is a deeply touching piece on the meaning and importance of a long marriage…" Yes, there are aches and pains, rear, and even Death itself, but there is a bright side to everything, as long as one keeps a sense of humor. In the best of O. Henry tradition, each little essay has a surprise twist. To find out, you owe it to yourself to read this delightful little book. Look back, look to the present, and marvel.< Less
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First Edition
Jan Slepian
March 26, 2012
Perfect-bound Paperback
Interior Ink
Black & white
0.28 lbs.
Dimensions (inches)
6 wide x 9 tall
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