Inspiring and Interesting Reading for Senior Citizens

A Listmania! list by Marlys M. Styne "Author of 'Reinventing Myself', 'Seniorwriting,' and 'Elder Expectations.'" (Chicago, IL USA)
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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."
Reinventing Myself: Memoirs of a Retired Professor
1.  Reinventing Myself: Memoirs of a Retired Professor by Marlys Marshall Styne
The list author says:
  "As a 73-year-old retiree, I explored widowhood, aging, teaching, travel, and other life experiences to discover and promote writing as an antidote to loneliness and depression."
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Seniorwriting: A Brief Guide for Seniors Who Want to Write
2.  Seniorwriting: A Brief Guide for Seniors Who Want to Write by Marlys Marshall Styne
The list author says:
  "This book is designed as a simple, non-prescriptive manual for seniors who do not consider themselves writers, but want or need to record their life stories for their families or for posterity."
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Elder Expectations: My Life in Rictameters
3.  Elder Expectations: My Life in Rictameters by Marlys Marshall Styne
The list author says:
  "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."
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Park Ridge: A Senior Center Murder
4.  Park Ridge: A Senior Center Murder by Cheryl Hagedorn
The list author says:
  "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."
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I Speak of Simple Things
5.  I Speak of Simple Things by Donna G. Humphrey
The list author says:
  "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."
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Your Retirement, Your Way: Why It Takes More Than Money to Live Your Dream
6.  Your Retirement, Your Way: Why It Takes More Than Money to Live Your Dream by Alan Bernstein
The list author says:
  "Everyone approaching retirement or even thinking about it needs to read this book!"
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60 on Up: The Truth About Aging in America
7.  60 on Up: The Truth About Aging in America by Lillian B. Rubin
The list author says:
  "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."
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73
8.  73 by Howard Englander
The list author says:
  "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."
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Cherry Blossoms in Twilight: Memories of a Japanese Girl
9.  Cherry Blossoms in Twilight: Memories of a Japanese Girl by Yaeko Sugama Weldon
The list author says:
  "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."
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Retire Downtown: The Lifestyle Destination for Active Retirees and Empty Nesters
10.  Retire Downtown: The Lifestyle Destination for Active Retirees and Empty Nesters by Kyle Ezell
The list author says:
  "Ruppies (Retired Urban People) are a growing, active group who realize that downtown living has become 'the new fountain of youth.'  Ezell surveys top U.S. Cities for Ruppies, including Chicago."
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How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life
11.  How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life by Chris Balish
The list author says:
  "Sure, living downtown can be expensive, but giving up your car is one very good way to save a lot of money. City living makes it easy to be carless without giving up freedom of movement."
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Teacher Man: A Memoir
12.  Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt
The list author says:
  "This is must reading for teachers and former teachers. By the time McCourt published this book, he was over 70, with much wisdom to share."
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I'm Too Young To Be Seventy
13.  I'm Too Young To Be Seventy by Judith Viorst
The list author says:
  "This is a small, illustrated volume of Judith Viorst's short, funny, and wise poems about the seventh decade of life."
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Senior Moments: Getting the Most Out of Your Golden Years
14.  Senior Moments: Getting the Most Out of Your Golden Years by David Wayne Silva
The list author says:
  "There are many ways for seniors to get the most out of their 'golden years.' Seniors can revitalize their beliefs, their self-images, their attitudes, and their love of life."
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Senior Moments
15.  Senior Moments by Jacqueline D. Byrd
The list author says:
  "An Elder Law attorney gives valuable advice 'for seniors and those who love them.' The author discusses estate planning, housing, health care, and other challenges, as well as her own aging."
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On Being Ninety
16.  On Being Ninety by Wayne W. Umbreit
The list author says:
  "This is a book of essays about aging and adventures abroad during lives of business travel. In exceptionally large print, it is directed especially toward those living in retirement homes."
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Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles
17.  Send Yourself Roses: Thoughts on My Life, Love, and Leading Roles by Gloria Feldt
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Fiction Class
18.  The Fiction Class by Susan Breen
The list author says:
  "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."
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One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love
19.  One Last Dance: It's Never Too Late To Fall In Love by Mardo Williams
The list author says:
  "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."
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How Not to Become a Little Old Lady
20.  How Not to Become a Little Old Lady by Mary McHugh
The list author says:
  "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."
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My Funny Dad, Harry
21.  My Funny Dad, Harry by Karen Arlettaz Zemek
The list author says:
  "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."
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No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year
22.  No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year by Virginia Ironside
The list author says:
  "This novel (in diary form) about turning 60 is filled with humor and irony as Marie Sharp comes to terms with family, friends, the past, and growing old. She learns some unexpected lessons."
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Dorsey's Real Poetry for Seniors
23.  Dorsey's Real Poetry for Seniors by Ed L. Dorsey
The list author says:
  "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."
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Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man
24.  Poetic Musings of an Old, Fat Man by Jr. Harry E. Gilleland
The list author says:
  "The poetry is varied in form and subject matter, from the humorous to the serious. This book may encourage you to try writing some poetry of your own."
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The Art of Growing Older: Writers on Living and Aging
25.  The Art of Growing Older: Writers on Living and Aging by Wayne C. Booth
The list author says:
  "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."
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As We Are Now: A Novel
26.  As We Are Now: A Novel by May Sarton
The list author says:
  "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."
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In the Arms of Elders: A Parable of Wise Leadership and Community Building
27.  In the Arms of Elders: A Parable of Wise Leadership and Community Building by William H. Thomas
The list author says:
  "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."
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Where River Turns to Sky
28.  Where River Turns to Sky by Gregg Kleiner
The list author says:
  "This novel about aging, life, and death is strangely compelling. It offers fascinating elder characters and many things to think about."
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Leisure Daze
29.  Leisure Daze by Mike Mihalek
The list author says:
  "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."
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The Writer Within You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing in Your Retirement Years
30.  The Writer Within You: A Step-by-Step Guide to Writing and Publishing in Your Retirement Years by Charles Jacobs
The list author says:
  "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."
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Marlys M. Styne "Author of 'Reinventing Myself', 'Seniorwriting,' and 'Elder Expectations.'" (Chicago, IL USA)
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Last updated: 1/18/09
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