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