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Wise talk from women over sixtyAs that bulging demographic of baby boomers hits the Big Six-o, the stereotype of aging is shattering. In Wise Talk women from sixty to ninety describe life in their later decades as vibrant, challenging, sexy, ever changing, ever evolving.Author Gwen Mazer has chosen to interview women from diverse backgrounds and ethnicity to answer the question of what it means to be a woman in her sixties at the beginning of the twenty-first century. Says Ms. Mazer, We are the first group in world history to have had early and widespread access to reliable birth control. We have been career women, wives, mothers, same-sex partners, and purposeful celibates. We have constantly reinvented ourselves as we went along through marriages, divorces, and the joys, delights, knocks and dings of life.Christine Alicino says of her photographs for the book, I was conscious of my desire to bring out their beauty and distinction, of wanting to provide evidence that the human spirit continues for far more years in vibrancy and power than our popular culture lets on. Wise Talk tells the story of women not to give advice on how to be them but, like them, to be fully ourselves willing to ask the deep questions about who we are and what we are doing to enliven both ourselves and our world.

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Advance praise for Wise Talk, Wild Women:

"Stories in Wise Talk are emotional maps revealing the brilliance,grace,wisdom, fierceness and beauty of women over sixty. Proof again that women just get deeper and more alive the older they get." -- Eve Ensler, The Vagina Monologues

"Women are leading the world toward change by embracing and recognizing the intuitive wisdom and perspective that only comes with having lived, having lost, having loved. It's wonderful to find a documentation of the power of aging in a time when most media and social structures render women over sixty invisible. What a joy to read." -- Susan Sarandon, actress

"It's a celebration of something too rarely celebrated --the wisdom of women and the wisdom of experience." -- Brian Eno, musician, artist, producer

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 144 pages
  • Publisher: Council Oak Books (April 17, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1885171870
  • ISBN-13: 978-1885171870
  • Product Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.4 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #262,569 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Patrick D. Goonan on September 5, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I recently met Gwen Mazer at a book signing and was impressed with her work. It was a fascinating event mostly attended by women with many women over 60 and one very charismatic woman who was 99 and still going strong. I think this latter woman exemplifies the spirit this book is written as does the author.

The concept of the book is simple, it looks at different women's perspectives on aging, life, love, etc. The author uses a very personal style with rich, thick descriptions and quotations to bring to life a very inside or subjective perspective on these issues. The individual chapters also cover a broad range of cultures, levels of achievement, fields of expertise, etc.

I agree with Gwen that in many ways 60 is the new 40 for many people and attitudes towards aging across society are outdated. In fact, my understanding from the research on the aging brain is that how you expect to grow old is the number one determing factor in how the brain ages. If the 99 year old at the book signing event is any indication of human potential, then I think this may just right on target.

What you will come away from after reading this book is a different attitude towards aging and what is possible. It not only looks at individuals, but when taken as a collection presents a new cultural pattern emerging among women. As a man, I see this in my practice and I believe it is gathering momentum. I find it a litarlly a disgrace how many seniors are treated in our society. I also understand this is correlated with life expectancy and how people age.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Sparkletruly on August 21, 2007
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Wise Talk, Wild Women changed my life and was exactly what I needed to help me move forward into the next phase of my being. At age 60 I found myself completely stuck. My mother's life was so totally different from mine and I had few female relatives whose wisdom about this stage of life I could draw upon. Wise Talk, Wild Women is extremely well written and the comments by all of the women are focused on exactly the aspects of life for which I needed insight. Although all of the women are quite different from one another, each story had several components that I could relate to and one or two paralleled my life so closely it was almost eerie. It is hard to say what was most significant but it occurred to me as I read the book that I had completely lost sight of my own accomplishments. Reading about these women's lives helped me get back in touch with what I have done thus far and how I will use that to focus on the future. I also felt a strong kinship with these women because all have either dedicated their lives to or are now focused on the greater good, something that I have done and continue to do. Wise Talk, Wild Women was truly inspiring.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Janet M. Rhodes on July 4, 2007
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This book is elegant. The writing is both graceful and inspirational. As someone who is not yet sixty, it makes me feel as if this is a period of my life I can look forward to. Each woman profiled in this book has lead an exceptionally fulfilling life, because she relied on her intuition to guide her rather than conforming to her family's or society's expectations of her. The photographs in this book have the quality of portraits; they seem to capture the essence of each woman's character. I highly recommend it.

Janet Rhodes
Walnut Creek, CA
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