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Growing Old: Notes on Aging with Something Like Grace

HarperOne. Apr. 2020. 224p. ISBN 9780062956439. $25.99. SELF-HELP
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Octogenarian Thomas (The Hidden Life of Dogs) has discovered that old age comes with benefits, along with some surprises and unwelcome events and conditions. Recounting various awakenings over the course of her life (e.g., learning about death at an early age), the author marvels that her heart is still beating while at the same time her bones are deteriorating. Thomas relates to the experience of feeling invisible and living in a senior community, yet finds many things for which to be thankful.
VERDICT With wit and humor, Thomas thoughtfully conveys the realities of aging. This fully absorbing memoir will especially resonate with readers over 65 and those who work with geriatric populations, yet all readers should find much wisdom to be gained from this warm offering. .

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