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I'm also learning more about late life--its challenges and its opportunities.
Here is my constantly expanding list (check back) with links to reviews.
Note: I am only including titles that I have actually read.
Last updated March 2018 with Marc E. Agronin's The Dementia Caregiver (2016).
Other recent additions: Thomas Moore's Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy (2017), Edwidge Danticat's The Art of Dying (2017) and Katy Butler's Knocking on Heaven's Door (2013)
Do you have recommendations for me? Note that I strongly prefer reading physical books over e-books.
I also write reviews of related books, grouped by theme:
- Books about Dementia (35 books)
- Books about the Dying Process (18 books)
- Books about Ripeness in Late Life (13 books)
- Books on Aging & Spiritual Growth (10 books)
- Books about the Death Care Industry (7 books)
- Strong, Smart Women Wrestling with Caregiving (5 books)
- Novels about Mature Men Facing Death (5 books)
- Books about the Brain--neuroplasticity in particular (4 books)
Ackerman, Diane (2001). One Hundred Names for Love: A Stroke, a Marriage and the Language of Healing. Review
Agronin, Marc E. (2016). The Dementia Caregiver: A Guide to Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's Disease and Other Neurocognitive Disorders. GR Review
Agronin, Marc E. (2011). How We Age: A Doctor's Journey into the Heart of Growing Old. GR Review and Blog Review.
Albom, Mitch (1997). Tuesdays with Morrie. Review
Altman, Nancy J. (2005). The Battle for Social Security: From FDR's Vision to Bush's Gamble. Review
Atchley, Robert C. & Amanda S. Barusch. (2004). Social Forces & Aging: An Introduction to Social Gerontology. 10th Edition. Review.
Atwood, Margaret. (2016). Hag-seed. GR Review and Blog Review
Barnes, Julian (2011). The Sense of an Ending. GR Review and Blog Review
Beerman, Susan (2002). Eldercare 911. Review
Bell, Virginia and David Troxel (2012). A Dignified Life: The Best Friends Approach to Alzheimer's Care. GR Review and Blog Review
Berry, Wendell (1974). The Memory of Old Jack. GR Review and Blog Review.
Bernstein, David. (2012). I've Got Some Good News and Some Bad News: You're Old: Tales of a Geriatrician. GR Review and Blog Review.
Bjorklund, Barbara R. (2011). The Journey of Adulthood. Review
Borrie, Cathie. (2010). The Long Hello. (2nd edition in 2015) GR Review and Blog Review
Burda, Angela N. (2010). Communication and Swallowing Changes in Healthy Adults. Review
Butler, Katy. (2013). Knocking on Heaven's Door: The Path to a Better Way of Death. GR Review and Blog Review.
Butler, Robert N. (1998). Aging and Mental Health: Positive Psychosocial And Biomedical Approaches. 5th Edition Review
Carpenter, Kyrie'. (2017). Healing Dementia. Blog Review
Carter, Jimmy. A Full Life: Reflections at Ninety (2015). GR Review and Blog Review
Carter, Jimmy. The Virtues of Aging (1998). Review
Chast, Roz. Can't We Talk About Something More Pleasant? GR Review and Blog Review
Chen, Pauline W. Final Exam (2007) Review
Chittister, Joan. (2008). The Gift of Years: Growing Older Gracefully. GR Review and Blog Review
Clark, Robert L. et al. (2004) The Economics of Aging. Review
Cohen, Ari Seth. (2012) Advanced Style. Review.
Comer, Meryl. (2014). Slow Dancing with a Stranger. Review
Cooney, Eleanor. (2004). Death in Slow Motion. GR Review and Blog Review.
Cowley, Chris & Henry S. Lodge, M.D. (2004). Younger Next Year: A Guide to Living Like 50 until You're 80 and Beyond. Review
Curran, Ruth. (2015). Being Brain Healthy: What My Recovery from Brain Injury Taught Me and How It Can Change Your Life. GR Review and Blog Review
Dallas, Sandra. (2009). Prayers for Sale. Review
Dalton-Bradford, Melissa (2014). On Loss and Living Onward. GR Review and Blog Review
Danticat, Edwidge (2017). The Art of Death: Writing the Final Story. GR Review and Blog Review
Dass, Ram (2000). Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying. GR Review and Blog Review
Davis, Nannette (2012). Caregiving Our Loved Ones: Stories & Strategies That Will Change Your Life. Review
DeGarmo, Susan (2014). Many Paws: The Years of Change. Blog Review
Didion, Joan (2007). The Year of Magical Thinking. Review
Doidge, Norman (2007). The Brain that Changes Itself: Stories of Personal Triumph from the Frontiers of Brain Science. Review
Doidge, Norman (2015). The Brain's Way of Healing: Remarkable Discoveries and Recoveries from the Frontiers of Neuroplasticity. GR Review and Blog Review
Dosa, David (2010). Making Rounds with Oscar. Review
Egan, Kerry (2016). On Living. GR Review and Blog Review
Ephron, Nora (2006). I Feel Bad About My Neck. Review
Esmonde-White, Miranda. (2016). Forever Painless: End Chronic Pain and Reclaim Your Life in 30 Minutes a Day. Review
Farmer, Joyce. (2010). Special Exits: A Graphic Memoir Review
Ford, Richard. (2014). Let Me Be Frank with You. Review
Freedman, Marc. (2011). The Big Shift: Navigating the New Stage Beyond Midlife. Review
Freedman, Marc (2007). Encore: Finding Work that Matters in the Second Half of Life. Review
Friedan, Betty (1993). The Fountain of Age. Review
Gentile, Angela G (2015). Caring for a Husband with Dementia: The Ultimate Survival Guide. GR Review and Blog Review
Genova, Lisa (2007). Still Alice. Review
Goodman, Tanya Ward (2013). Leaving Tinkertown. GR Review and Blog Review
Groopman, Jerome (2007). How Doctors Think. GR Review and Blog Review
Gross, Jane (2011). A Bittersweet Season: Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves. Review
Guwande, Atul (2014). Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End. GR Review and Blog Review.
Hall, Donald (2014). Essays after Eighty. GR Review and Blog Review.
Harding, Paul (2009). Tinkers. GR Review and Blog Review
Haruf, Kent (2013). Benediction. GR Review and Blog Review
Haruf, Kent (2015). Our Souls at Night. GR Review and Blog Review
Healey, Emma (2014). Elizabeth Is Missing. Review
Hopkins, Christopher (2008). Staging Your Comeback: A Complete Beauty Revival for Women Over 45. Review
Hudson, Robert B., Editor (2010). The New Politics of Old Age Policy. 2nd Edition. Review
Ignatieff, Michael (1993). Scar Tissue. GR Review and Blog Review
Jacobs, A.J. (2012). Drop Dead Healthy: One Man's Humble Quest for Bodily Perfection. Review
Jamison, Kay Reed. (2009). Nothing Was the Same: A Memoir. GR Review and Blog Review
Kastenbaum, Robert J. (1997). Death, Society, and Human Experience. 10th Edition. Review
Kessler, Lauren (2007). Dancing with Rose: Finding Life in the Land of Alzheimer's. Review
Koenig, Harold G. (2002). Purpose and Power in Retirement. Review
Kozol, Jonathan (2015). The Theft of Memory: Losing My Father One Day at a Time. GR Review and Blog Review
Kreamer, Anne (2007). Going Gray: What I Learned about Beauty, Sex, Work, Motherhood. Review
Kuhn, William (2012). Mrs. Queen Takes the Train. GR Review and Blog Review
Lee, Jean (2014). Alzheimer's Daughter: A Memoir. GR Review
Lemme, Barbara Hansen (1994). Development in Adulthood. Review
LePlante, Alice (2011). Turn of Mind. Review
Levine, Suzanne Braun (2009). Fifty Is the New Fifty: Ten Life Lessons for Women in Second Adulthood. Review
Lewis, C.S. (1961). A Grief Observed. Review
Lynn, Joanne M.D., Joan Harrold, MD, & Janice Lynch Schuster, MFA. (2011). Handbook for Mortals: Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness. Second Edition. Review
Manger, William M. and Edward J. Rocella (2017). Life Longer, Live Better, Avoid the Risks. GR Review and Blog Review
McFarlane, Fiona (2013). The Night Guest. GR Review and Blog Review
McGettigan, Doreen M. (2016). The Stranger in My Recliner. GR Review and Blog Review
Miller, Sue. (2003). The Story of My Father. GR Review and Blog Review
Moore, Thomas (2017). Ageless Soul: The Lifelong Journey Toward Meaning and Joy. GR Review and Blog Review.
Moon, Elizabeth. (2003). Remnant Population. GR Review
Mosley, Walter (2010). The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey. Review
Mukherjee, Siddhartha (2010). Emperor of All Maladies: A Biography of Cancer. Review
Nuland, Sherwin B. (1995). How We Die: Reflections on Life's Final Chapter. Review
Nuland. Sherwin B. (1998). How We Live. Review
Olson, Laura Katz (2001). Age Through Ethnic Lenses: Caring for the Elderly in a Multicultural Society. Review
Peck, Scott M. (2010). Denial of the Soul: Spiritual and Medical Perspectives on Euthanasia and Mortality. Review
Plotkin, Bill (2007). Nature and the Human Soul: Cultivating Wholeness and Community in a Fragmented World. Review
Porter, Robin. Better with Age: Your Blueprint for Staying Smart, Strong, and Happy for Life. GR Review and Blog Review.
Quadagno, Jill (2010). Aging and the Life Course: An Introduction to Social Gerontology. Review
Qualls, Sara H. & Steven H. Zarit, Editors (2009). Aging Families and Caregiving. Review
Quindlen, Anna. (2012). Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake. Review
Rabins, Peter V. (2005). Getting Old without Getting Anxious. Review
Reed, Donna M. (2009). Insiders Guide to Better Nursing Home Care: 75 Tips You Should Know. Review
Rentsch, Gail (2008). Smart Women Don't Retire--They Break Free; From Working Full Time to Living Full Time. Review
Robinson, Marilynn. (2006). Gilead. Review
Robinson, Marilynn. (2008). Home. Review
Rohr, Richard (2011). Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life. Blog Review.
Rollin, Betty (1998). The Last Wish. Review
Rosofsky, Ira. (2009). Nasty, Brutish and Long: Adventures in Old Age and the World of Eldercare. Review
Russo, Francine. (2010). They're Your Parents Too!: How Siblings Can Survive Their Parents Aging Without Driving Each Other Crazy. Review
Sanders, Lisa (2009). Every Patient Tells a Story: Medical Mysteries and the Art of Diagnosis. Blog Review.
Sarton, May. (1997). Coming into Eighty: Poems. GR Review and Blog Review
Saxon, Sue, Mary Etten & Dr. Elizabeth A. Perkins (2009). Physical Change and Aging: A Guide for the Helping Professions. 5th Edition. Review
Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman and Ronald S. Miller. (1995). From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A Profound New Vision of Growing Older. GR Review and Blog Review
Schwalbe, Will. (2011). The End of Your Life Book Club. GR Review and Blog Review
Sciucco, Marianne. (2013). Blue Hydrangeas: an Alzheimer's Love Story. Review
Shaw, Luci. (2014). Adventure of Ascent: Fieldnotes from a Lifelong Journey. Review
Shafer, Stephania (2014). 9 Realities of Caring for an Elderly Parent. GR Review and Blog Review
Sheehy, Gail (2010). Passages in Caregiving: Turning Chaos into Confidence. Review
Simonson, Helen (2010) Major Pettigrew's Last Stand. Review
Shin, Kyung-Sook (2011). Please Look After Mom. Review
Shaffer, Stephania (2014). 9 Realities of Caring for an Aging Parent (2014) by Stafanie Shaffer. Review
Shouse, Deborah. (2013). Love in the Land of Dementia: Finding Hope in the Caregiver's Journey. Review.
Singh, Kathleen Dowling (2014). Grace in Aging: Awaken as You Grow Older. GR Review and Blog Review
Snowdon, David (2001). Aging with Grace: What the Nun Study Teaches Us about Leading Longer, Healthier and More Meaningful Lives. Review
Span, Paula (2009). When The Time Comes: Families with Aging Parents Share Their Struggles and Solutions. Review
Stettinius, Martha. Inside the Dementia Epidemic. (2012) GR Review and Blog Review
Strauch, Barbara (2010). The Secret Life of the Grown-Up Brain: The Surprising Talents of the Middle-Aged Mind. Review
Strout, Elizabeth (2008). Olive Kitteridge. GR Review and Blog Review
Sundrom, Eric, Randy Burnham, & Michael Burnham (2007). My Next Phase: The Personality-Based Guide to Your Best Retirement. Review
Tapia, Vicki. (2014) Somebody Stole My Iron: A Family Memoir of Dementia. Review
Taylor, Jill Bolte. (2006) My Stroke of Insight: A Brain Scientist's Personal Journey. Review
Tolstoy, Leo (1886). The Death of Ivan Ilych. Review
Thomas, William H. (2004). What Are Old People For?: How Elders Will Save the World. Review
Thomason, Sally P. (2006). The Living Spirit of the Crone: Turning Aging Inside Out. Review
Tindell, Charles (2003). The Enduring Human Spirit: Thought Provoking Stories on Caring for Our Elders. Review
Tyler, Anne. (2012). The Beginner's Goodbye. Review
Tyler, Anne. (2015). A Spool of Blue Thread. Review
Vesperi, Maria D. (1986). City of Green Benches: Growing Old in a New Downtown. Review
Volandes, Angelo (2015). The Conversation. A Revolutionary Plan for End-of-Life Care Review
Walker, Barbara G. (1988). The Crone: Woman of Age, Wisdom and Power. Review
Wallis, Velma. (1993). Two Old Women: An Alaska Legend of Betrayal, Courage and Survival. Review
Warraich, Haider. (2017). Modern Death: How Medicine Changed the End of Life. GR Review and Blog Review
Witchell, Alex (2012). All Gone: A Memoir of My Mother with Refreshments. GR Review and Blog Review
Zadoorian, Michael (2009). The Leisure Seeker: A Novel. GR Review and Blog Review
PS: Dr. Bill Thomas and his colleagues at Changing Aging have compiled this list of the Top 50 books on aging. No quackery, no illusions of holding on to youth. Just good information about meeting the challenges of aging with a focus on the positive.
PPS: AARP posts this list of books about caregiving. Many appear in my list/reviews above, but I haven't read several of them. I need to get busy!
Films about Aging A-L
Strong, Smart Women Wrestling with Caregiving
Novels about Men Facing Death
Books about Dementia