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Product Details

  • Paperback: 222 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (November 28, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1480211494
  • ISBN-13: 978-1480211490
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.6 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,312,202 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Retirement: A Memoir and GuideBy Boyd Lemon
5 out of 5 Stars"With heaping helpings of common sense, the author describes his own foibles honestly, and suggests ways for the reader to avoid falling into the same predicaments that he did.... The book contains seven sections, divided into 34 chapters, with a summary Guide for each section....You'll find suggestions and other possibilities to help steer you to a happier lifestyle. You'll have fun in the doing.... Having learned from his own inexperience, Mr. Lemon willingly shares his knowledge with the rest of us." 
San Francisco Review of Books

About the Author

After a stellar 40-year career as a top and nationally recognized attorney, Boyd Lemon discovered his passion, writing, and pursued it in the idyllic coastal town of Ventura, California; the literary, art and music scenes of Boston; a Bohemian year on the Left Bank in Paris; and finally by the bucolic rivers and forests of St. Marys, Georgia.

More About the Author

I am a retired lawyer, who re-invented himself as an author, formerly from California, but now living in bucolic St. Marys on the southeast coast of Georgia. I have four children and four grandchildren. My passion is writing, and I love to travel and sample food and wine of the world. Here is what a fellow author wrote about me.

Life Begins at 70

"After a stellar 40-year career as a top and nationally recognized attorney in his field (Time Magazine called him first after Martha Stewart's conviction of insider trading), Boyd Lemon followed a deep calling, and began the life of an artist as he neared retirement age. Following his heart led him to face a painful past, and re-invent himself as artist and writer. The journey as artist began in the idyllic coastal town of Ventura, California, then on to the venerable literary, music and art scenes of Boston, and finally to living the dream life of many an artist, a Bohemian year on the Left Bank in Paris, with a final few months in the hills of Tuscany before returning to California. Once Lemon started writing, his passion, combined with years of discipline as a professional, gained the notice of world-renowned writer and teacher, Natalie Goldberg, who invited Lemon to her prestigious year-long workshop for writers in Taos. His book, "Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages," is a memoir about Boyd Lemon's role in the destruction of his three marriages. This is a journey to understand one man's role in marriages that ended in divorce, confusion, bitterness and blame. The Pearl has been the journey of the writing, for the writer himself, and the peace that writing has brought him. Lemon lived on the cusp of the moralistic generation that grew up in the 1940s and 50s and the next generation that embraced sex, drugs and rock 'n' roll, as well as equality and independence for women. The transition rocked all pretenses of his working class upbringing. The writer's hope is that revealing the path of his own struggle to clarity and peace leads others to their own awakening, as so many modern couples and individuals deal with understanding and defining the new order in relationships, as well as facing their own past."

I have also published a collection of short stories about life and love in California and Boston, "Unexpected Love and Other Stories."

"Eat, Walk, Write: An American Senior's Year of Adventure in Paris and Tuscany," was published on the last day of 2011, and explores the beauty and challenges I experienced living in Paris and Tuscany.

During 2012 I published two short books, "Diversity: A Road Trip Across the U.S.A." and "Games," five more of my short stories about life and love, which I wrote from 2007 to 2011.

My newest book, published November 29, 2012, is "Retirement: A Memoir and Guide," which shows you how I have, and you can, live a fulfilling retirement.

All of my books are available on Amazon in paperback and Kindle formats.

Customer Reviews

I found this book a personal and informative read.
Sam Pen
I highly recommend it to anyone who is just beginning to think about retirement to those who are already in retirement.
Sandra Simmons
Which I did for the first half of the purchased book; not revolutionary but common thoughts worthy of refection .
Gregory Harrigan

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Harrigan on August 25, 2013
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As I have retired about a year ago I downloaded the sample of this book and, while it did not look mind-blowing, it did look as if it had some things from which I might learn. Which I did for the first half of the purchased book; not revolutionary but common thoughts worthy of refection . And then in the second half of the book it became simply a travel story, not so well written. I found that after trying to wade through this travel diary I finally had to skip quite a few of the pages just to get to the end.

I think that it is probably a problem with ebooks where perhaps the editing is not as tight and in the end you get what you pay for.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Paul Nixon on October 12, 2013
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I would call this more a thinking mans view of life, including retirement, more than a retirement book itself, but I like this author, with his constant considerations of his imperfections.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael R. Thorpe on May 22, 2013
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There are several retirement guides out there, and most of them cover familiar territory. All of that is included in "Retirement: A Memoir and Guide." But what sets this book apart from the others is the writer's use of memoir, a genre that he has mined successfully in other works, most notably in "Digging Deep: A Writer Uncovers His Marriages." Through his own experiences, as well as the stories of others (my own included), Boyd reveals the ways we can all find meaning and joy in our golden years. This unique use of memoir makes the book a much more interesting read than the common guide. The book offers many surprises. For example, how many retirement guides recommend meditation as a practical means of avoiding accidents and falls, pitfalls that await many retirees? The book also gives useful advice on such nontraditional topics as nurturing relationships with adult children, dealing with loneliness, finding one's passion, and living "in the moment." Anyone who is retired or on the way to retirement will be well served to read and reread this book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susan G. Weidener on December 29, 2012
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This memoir offers thought-provoking tips as one moves into that final or near-final chapter of life. Probably my favorite is "being present," as Lemon calls it. Too often in life when we are intent on career and moving up the corporate ladder, we rarely "stop to smell the roses." This book makes a strong case that not only is it healthy to relax, slow down and enjoy the moment - but that in doing so we find the tranquility that comes with focusing not just on ourselves and our experiences, but what others are saying and feeling. For truly this book is filled with "joie de vivre," and the author's determination to make up for lost time by living life to the fullest before it is too late . . . and that means taking risks. . . even taking up Pilates and meditation.

Lemon segueways off to his year in Paris, one of the many adventures he shares after he retired from a big law firm on the West Coast and becomes a single man after three failed marriages. His emphasis on finding meaning by connecting with one's passion - in the author's case, writing - serves as a template for those who ponder what to do in their "golden years." His answer is simple; don't give up, don't sit in a rocking chair, keep active and alert to new opportunities.

The strongest parts of this book are when the author moves away from descriptions of how to prepare financially for retirement, or packing light and using subways in foreign cities as a way to save money,(this could be gotten from Frommer's Travel Guides)and concentrates on his real message . . . you're never too old to start living and truly revel in the beauty of a solitary walk on a snowy morning.
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By Jeff Bozos on November 23, 2013
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Disappointing. The author lost his way towards the end and the book became more like a travel log of his own experiences. Of little use as a guide for a reader on retirement. There are better and more researched books out there.

I felt misled by some of the reviews posted when I saw the same word or comment appearing on more than one review. The word "wisdom" is not a particulatly common word. Yet, it occurs frequently in reviews and bios of this author

It's not helpful for readers who rely on Amazon to publish fair reviews.
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One of the best books on this evolving and elusive destination! You will enjoy Boyd's engaging style, and learn from his experiences. It is a quick and important read! Don't miss this opportunity to improve your life!

Cliff Feightner
Author of "Lynn's Story" and "Views from Sandhausen"
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By Bill Hong on May 24, 2014
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Now that our lifespan is getting longer this is a great book with thoughts to hang ones own thinking onto for the years ahead.
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I found this book a personal and informative read. Lots of interesting views on retirement which should interest anyone who is already retired or about to retire.
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