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A FATHER, A SON, AND A LIFETIME OF COLLEGE FOOTBALL
Written by STUART STEVENS

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 08/23/2016

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-804-17250-9

Fathers, sons, and sports are enduring themes of American literature. Here, in this fresh and moving account, a son returns to his native South to spend a special autumn with his ninety-five-year-old dad, sharing the unique joys, disappointments, and life lessons of Saturdays with their beloved Ole Miss Rebels.

After growing up in Jackson, Stuart Stevens built a successful career as a writer and political consultant. But in the fall of 2012, not long after he turned sixty, the presidential...

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THE PLEASURES AND THE PERILS OF AGEING
Written by LYNNE SEGAL

Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 07/01/2014

Price: $19.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68299-9

As the baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, they are faced with new challenges and questions of politics and identity. In the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir, Out of Time looks at many of the issues facing the aged–the war of the generations and baby-boomer bashing, the politics of desire, the diminished situation of the older woman, the space on the left for the presence and resistance of the old, the problems of dealing with loss and mortality, and how to find victory in...

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THE PLEASURES AND THE PERILS OF AGEING
Written by LYNNE SEGAL
Introduction by ELAINE SHOWALTER

Format: Hardcover, 320 pages

Publisher: Verso

On Sale: 11/05/2013

Price: $26.95

ISBN: 978-1-781-68139-8

As the baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, they are faced with new challenges and questions of politics and identity. In the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir, Out of Time looks at many of the issues facing the aged–the war of the generations and baby-boomer bashing, the politics of desire, the diminished situation of the older woman, the space on the left for the presence and resistance of the old, the problems of dealing with loss and mortality, and how to find victory in...

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STORIES AND FACES OF WIDOWS AND WIDOWERS
Written by JUDITH FOX
Contribution by JOANNE LYNN

Format: Hardcover, 128 pages

Publisher: powerHouse Books

On Sale: 09/03/2013

Price: $29.95

ISBN: 978-1-576-87649-7

Few people are comfortable talking about end-of-life issues, death, and widowhood. When this most transformative of life events eventually happens, how does one continue on past the lingering questions, the new plans, the change in perspective?

One Foot Forward offers hope and solace. The insightful and powerful stories of the 20 widowed women and men in this book are woven together with beautiful portraits to document bereavement, acceptance, and perseverance in the face of the life-altering...

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Written by WILL SCHWALBE

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 06/04/2013

Price: $16.00

ISBN: 978-0-307-73978-0

During her treatment for cancer, Mary Anne Schwalbe and her son Will spent many hours sitting in waiting rooms together. To pass the time, they would talk about the books they were reading. Once, by chance, they read the same book at the same time—and an informal book club of two was born. Through their wide-ranging reading, Will and Mary Anne—and we, their fellow readers—are reminded how books can be comforting, astonishing, and illuminating, changing the way that we feel about and interact...

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CARING FOR OUR AGING PARENTS--AND OURSELVES
Written by JANE GROSS

Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 05/01/2012

Price: $16.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-47240-3

When Jane Gross found herself suddenly thrust into a caretaker role for her eighty-five year-old mother, she was forced to face challenges that she had never imagined. As she and her younger brother struggled to move her mother into an assisted living facility, deal with seemingly never-ending costs, and adapt to the demands on her time and psyche, she learned valuable and important lessons. Here, the longtime New York Times expert on the subject of elderly care and the founder of the New...

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THE MYTH OF THE NEW OLD AGE
Written by SUSAN JACOBY

Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 02/14/2012

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-45628-1

In Never Say Die, Susan Jacoby delivers a brave, impassioned, and exceptionally important wake-up call to Americans who have long been deluded by the dangerous myth that a radically new old age awaits the huge baby boom generation.

Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences of love and loss, Jacoby unmasks the fallacies promoted by twenty-first-century hucksters of longevity, and reveals the hazards of the magical thinking that prevents us from facing the...

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A SURGEON'S REFLECTIONS ON MORTALITY
Written by PAULINE W. CHEN

Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 01/08/2008

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-307-27537-0

A brilliant transplant surgeon brings compassion and narrative drama to the fearful reality that every doctor must face: the inevitability of mortality.

When Pauline Chen began medical school, she dreamed of saving lives. What she could not predict was how much death would be a part of her work. Almost immediately, she found herself wrestling with medicine’s most profound paradox–that a profession premised on caring for the ill also systematically depersonalizes dying. Final Exam follows Chen...

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A JOURNEY WITH MY FATHER
Written by SHERWIN B. NULAND

Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages

Publisher: Vintage

On Sale: 03/09/2004

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-375-72722-1

“He walks with me through every day of my life, in that unsteady, faltering gait that so embarrassed me when I was a boy. Always, he is holding fast to the upper part of my right arm . . . As we make our way together, my father—I called him Daddy when I was small, because it sounded American and that is how he so desperately wanted things to seem—is speaking in the idiosyncratic rhythms of a self-constructed English.”

So Sherwin Nuland introduces Meyer Nudelman, his father, a man whose...

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ALZHEIMER'S: PORTRAIT OF AN EPIDEMIC
Written by DAVID SHENK

Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages

Publisher: Anchor

On Sale: 01/14/2003

Price: $15.95

ISBN: 978-0-385-49838-8

Afflicting nearly half of all persons over the age of 85, Alzheimer’s disease kills nearly 100,000 Americas a year as it insidiously robs them of their memory and wreaks havoc on the lives of their loved ones. It was once minimized and misunderstood as forgetfulness in the elderly, but Alzheimer’s is now at the forefront of many medical and scientific agendas, for as the world’s population ages, the disease will kill millions more and touch the lives of virtually everyone.

The Forgetting is a...

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AN OLD MAN, A YOUNG MAN, AND LIFE'S GREATEST LESSON
Written by MITCH ALBOM

Format: Trade Paperback, 240 pages

Publisher: Broadway Books

On Sale: 10/08/2002

Price: $15.00

ISBN: 978-0-767-90592-3

The National Bestseller and Top Adoption Title.

Selected for Common Reading, including:
Becker College
Concordia University
Gallaudet University
Iowa State University
SUNY—New Paltz
University of Buffalo
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Dakota

“One Book, One Springfield” (Springfield, MA)


After seeing his former professor Morrie Schwartz being interviewed on television, and there learning of his terminal illness, Mitch Albom flew to Brandeis University and returned every Tuesday to...

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WHAT THE NUN STUDY TEACHES US ABOUT LEADING LONGER, HEALTHIER, AND MORE MEANINGFUL LIVES
Written by DAVID SNOWDON

Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages

Publisher: Bantam

On Sale: 04/30/2002

Price: $17.00

ISBN: 978-0-553-38092-7

In 1986, epidemiologist Dr. David Snowdon embarked on a revolutionary scientific study that would forever change the way we view aging and old age. Dubbed the “Nun Study” because it involves a unique population of 678 Catholic sisters, this remarkable long-term research project remains today at the forefront of some of the world’s most significant research on aging. This remarkable book by one of the world’s leading experts on Alzheimer’s disease combines fascinating high-tech research on...

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