The list author says: "Of course we seniors should read any and all books, according to our interests, but we should be sure to include books written for, about (and sometimes by) people in the 50+ age group."
"The rictameter is nine-line form with a regular syllable count: 2,4,6,8,10,8,6,4,2, with identical first and last lines. This small book contains thoughts and experiences from the life of a senior citizen."
"Cheryl Hagedorn, a Chicago area writer, does the unusual in this book: she uses senior citizens as both the "good guys" and the "bad guys" in a murder mystery. She also chooses a senior center as the setting. The conflict between the card players and the more active seniors who try to get them to participate in other activities may surprise as well as entertain you."
"This small collection, a group of short poems discovered by her family after Donna Humphrey's tragic death and assembled and published by her children, serves as a wonderful example of the value of writing our life stories, whether in prose or in poetry. It's a book well worth attention, especially the attention of my fellow seniors."
"This is a serious, though-provoking book that deals with the very real and sometimes unpleasant realities of aging. It should be read by everyone over 50 and those who study, care for, or advertise to them."
"This collection of brief fictional portraits of 73-year-olds presents a wide array of elderly foibles, pretentions, weaknesses, and coping efforts. While sometimes the characters' attempts to push back the clock are misguided, they share the admirable quality of persistence. They don't stop dreaming."
"This brief memoir by a Japanese-born senior citizen tells of Yaeko Sugama's childhood in Japan and her life there during and after World War II. It is that rare book that appeals to all ages: to young people studying other cultures and to seniors who lived through the war."
"This celebrity autobiography is more interesting than most to seniors. It seems honest, and Turner (in her 50's) faces many of the same issues as the rest of us: arthritis, physical changes, disappointment, the joys of volunteering. It's worth a read."
"This novel successfully interweaves fiction and real life as a 39-year-old adult ed writing teacher finally comes to terms with her elderly parents (one deceased, one dying), her students, and herself as well. Her newly-acquired knowledge frees her to begin a new life and a new novel."
"This skillfully-written "elder lit" romance novel, featuring Morgan, 89, and Dixie, 79, should be required reading for everyone involved in elder caregiving and everyone contemplating the issue of aging. It is honest, informative, and entertaining, a pleasure to read."
"This book is probably not inspiring, and it's not a serious self-help book; however, any self-aware older woman with a sense of humor should find it an interesting quick read and the source of a few laughs."
"While this book suffers from the need of a copy editor, it presents an interesting picture of the author's late father, a man who can only be described as a "character": opinionated, determined, loyal, devoted, and yes, funny, as in one-of-a-kind. When he died, his loss was keenly felt by those who knew him."
"Retired trial lawyer Ed L. Dorsey believes that poetry needs rhyme, especially poetry written for and about senior citizens. Whether or not you agree, you'll enjoy these mostly short poems about aging, common fears, apreciation of nature, the present state of society, and much more."
"This is an amazing collection of literary references to aging by the late Professor Wayne Booth of the University of Chicago. Through the centuries, authors famous and not so famous have had a lot to say about growing older, and Booth has gathered this material and connected it with engaging commentary."
"This is not a new book, but it has a timeless quality. The fictional journal of a retired teacher relegated to a rural nursing home, it reminds us of the inevitability of aging and death and the immensity of the caregiving responsibility."
"This is a fascinating parable involving a shipwreck and a journey of discovery as a young couple discover a society where elders are revered and respected and the community is devoted to fighting the three plagues of Elders: loneliness, helplessness, and boredom. They use this knowledge back home to begin reforms of elder care."
"This short, humorous novel set in a Florida retirement community is surprising and entertaining. It involves two seniors' unexpected discovery of a large quantity of marijuana and the results of that discovery."
"For the retiree or almost-retiree seriously considering a new career as a writer, this book presents the basics of writing, publishing, and marketing, with an extensive list of resources for more in-depth information."