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A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives Hardcover – October 3, 2017
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From the Introduction
This book profiles many women who paved the way for us-- women like Katherine Johnson, Louise Bourgeois, Julia Child, and others who were challenging notions of what it meant to be an 'over-the-hill' woman long before today.
The book also tells stories of extraordinary women today who are reinventing what it means to be an older woman-- women who are breaking barriers, successfully completing athletic feats, and doing their best work in their 60s, 70s, and 80s.
No matter what your age or gender, may each of you find inspiration in this book to live bravely and fully, and to use your experience as your most powerful tool in living your best life.
Women Featured in the book Include:
Laura Ingalls Wilder
And many more.
“Beautifully hand-lettered and illustrated, A Glorious Freedom: Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives by Lisa Congdon is a reminder that with time we can grow wiser and bolder, all on our own terms. The book features interviews, profiles and essays from great women past and present—Vera Wang, Cheryl Strayed and Julia Child, among others—who exemplify living large at every age.” —Family Circle
“From its colorful cover chock-full of butterflies to its long, varied list of interviews, essays, profiles of and Q&As from women finding themselves, reinventing themselves, and following their dreams and living their fullest lives in their later years, this delightful primer of motivation should find its way on every woman’s shelf.” —Kirkus Reviews
“You cannot capture the beauty of being a woman coming into her own power without art. No one knows that better or does that better than Lisa Congdon. A Glorious Freedom captures the spirit of what it means to show up, be seen, and be free.” —Brené Brown, Ph.D., author of the #1 New York Times Bestseller Rising Strong
“We hear all the time that women become invisible after 40, but not in this book. Lisa Congdon captures the beauty and humanity of getting older, wiser, and—in many ways—freer.” —Andi Zeisler, cofounder Bitch Media
“Through crystalline profiles, probing interviews, and candid essays, the remarkable women celebrated in Lisa Congdon’s vibrantly illustrated collection trace the genesis of their journeys of self-discovery and offer stirring words of encouragement to any woman, of any age, longing for personal, professional, creative, or emotional fulfillment.” —Booklist
About the Author
Lisa Congdon is an author, illustrator, and fine artist. Her other books include Whatever You Are be a Good One; Art, Inc.; Fortune Favors the Brave; and The Joy of Swimming, also from Chronicle Books. She lives in Portland, Oregon. You can see more of her work at www.lisacongdon.com.
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Some women tell their own stories and some women are interviewed by the author. This style adds to the uneveness of the book which never finds a voice, or remotely lives up to the promising theme. There's a chronic self-consciousness page-after-page, with profiles packed with embarrassing hyperbole. By the time I struggled through I was more relived than inspired.
When I asked my friends what they thought of the book, most had thumbed through a few pages and put it down, admitting rather sheepishly they found it boring. Those who did read it struggled to recall a single profile that stood out for them.
I learned about Lisa Congdon after signing up for the Brooklyn Sketchbook Project, I love her artwork on instagram, and when I learned she had written a book, I couldn't wait to place my pre-order.
It contains lovely artwork, and essays, profiles and interviews by/from/with "women over the age of 40 who are thriving". Women like Vera Wang, Julia Child, Mary Delany, and many others I look forward to learning more about...
Aside from being absolutely gorgeous (no surprise—this is hardly her first time at the rodeo) this book is uplifting, encouraging, and truly special.
It’s a perfect gift for anyone in your life, but especially powerful for anyone who might feel like their bright light is starting to dim. Lisa and her creative friends contained within help to remind us that our power is our own, and it’s not going anywhere.
The book covers everyone's historical favorites—Grandma Moses, Julia Child, Beatrice Wood, Laura Ingalls Wilder—but it also features ordinary contemporary women just doing their thing. I liked the mix of pieces, but really loved the first-person stories:
"There are some things I honestly never thought I'd still be doing at this point in my life. For one, dating—or wearing a bikini; eating burritos for breakfast, lunch and dinner; and going to rock shows..."
So starts a hilarious and poignant essay by Chrissy Loader, lapsed academic, freelance writer, and fledgling filmmaker.
You can read A GLORIOUS FREEDOM from cover-to-cover, or open it at random and be inspired. By way of disclosure, I'm honored that Lisa includes a hand-lettered quote from my blog, but I purchased the book on my own and plan to buy several more for friends. Lisa's colorful illustrations make it a perfect gift for any woman in your life.
I love this book. I pick it up and read a different biography again and feel something each time, think of something special each time. Keep it close and take a moment to remind yourself of your gift, and be inspired of the gifts of others.