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Initial post: Oct 11, 2008, 3:11:20 PM PDT
pattimac says:
I'm having a hard time finding suitable books for an 88 year old friend. Not too long, because she's a slow reader.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 13, 2008, 10:27:23 AM PDT
Oregongirl says:
This isn't a book, but I reccommend Reader's Digest magazine. They make a large print addition that makes it easier for seniors to read. And they're a nice mix of politics & human interest stories.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2008, 2:29:27 PM PDT
Krista Davis says:
Hi Pattimac, if your friend likes mysteries, you might steer her toward some of the culinary mysteries. My book, The Diva Runs Out of Thyme, was just released and she might enjoy it, especially since there are a few older relatives who play roles, too.

Krista Davis

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 15, 2008, 3:01:14 PM PDT
pattimac says:
Thank you for the suggestion. She does like mysteries, so I'll give it a try.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 19, 2008, 7:56:59 PM PDT
LB says:
What about short story collections... depending on her tastes, maybe Smoke and Mirrors, a clever collection by Gaiman, or Dreams Underfoot, also a short story collection (by Charles deLint) would suit her or, more importantly, give you an idea of WHAT suits her... quite a few older women I know (late 60s and older) enjoy books geared for somewhat younger audiences because they are generally very vivid in imagery and don't complicate the plot excessively with obscure characters... John Green comes to mind (Paper Towns, Looking for Alaska, an Abundance of Katherines) as someone enjoyed by a broad variety of people despite being geared towards teens in some respects... then again, look at how much of the sales of Harry Potter were to full grown adults--I think good writing is good writing much of the time so long as you avoid extreme gore or sexual content, etc. Many people enjoy Twilight and its cousin books, too, though I haven't personally read those (they are by Stephanie Meyer, I believe).

Depending on her background, one book that may resonate very well with her is Cold, Sassy Tree... Olive Ann Burns... it's an amazing book that my own grandmother turned me onto when I was young... but not because I was young so much as I was from the south and grew up with the same traditions as older Americans.

Have you ever looked at the site Goodreads? It's a good way of finding out about authors, readers of similar interests, etc... if you know some of the books she enjoys (or if she can go and rate some, which is very easy to do), she could find many recommendations!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2008, 3:33:08 AM PDT
pattimac says:
Those are wonderful suggestions. Thank you for taking time to write! My 88 year old reads to a 96 year old, and I think the short stories might be a good idea.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2008, 5:09:32 AM PDT
peppermint says:
My Grandmother has always liked Romance and Romantic Suspense and still does(70)and it is easier for her to read the large print.Linda Howard is her favorite author and Sandra Browns Suspense novels are her second fav.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2008, 11:03:43 AM PDT
NYRoller says:
well i work and interact with many individuals who are over 70, and i enjoy giving books to everyone as gifts, and i find poetry books from some new poets are always well liked among those who have reached elderhood. shorter reading but still packed with emotion, my newest pick is THE LOVER by a new writer by the name of Baharak Sedigh, her writing is fresh and there is a feel of East meets West kind of feel to it. i've bought it here on amazon a few times and i think you can take a peak inside!

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 20, 2008, 9:35:31 PM PDT
LB says:
You just reminded me... Jhumpa Lahiri might be a great fit, too... the reading is easy, not so long, and very conversational...

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008, 8:35:25 AM PST
pattimac says:
You sound like quite a character! I'll check out your book. Thank you.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008, 6:27:26 PM PST
Penny V. says:
I really wouldn't recommend the Twilight series for an 88 yr. old! I read them, but I think the writing isn't the best for a very mature adult. Plus each book is going on 800 pgs or so, & that might be too heavy & maybe a little painful for an 88 yr. old to hold. I'd suggest anything written by Nicholas Sparks or even Richard Paul Evans. Sparks wrote The Notebook which is still one of my all time favorites, & Evans wrote The Christmas Box which was made in to a touching TV movie. One thing you might like about Richard Paul Evan's books is that a lot of them are smaller thin books, plus they're just nice easy reads. Another series that comes to mind is the Mitford series by I think it's Jan Karon, about a small town minister's life.

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In reply to an earlier post on Nov 4, 2008, 6:55:18 PM PST
Penny V. says:
Luanne Rice is another good author, & I don't think her's get too racy. I always like Danielle Steel, but her latest books have started getting really boring, plus have language in them that an 88 yr. old would probably find offensive cause this 45 yr. old does! It's sad too because that kind of language does nothing to enhance the story.

Posted on Nov 6, 2011, 11:57:11 PM PST
If your friend has ever enjoyed Shakespeare, I think she might enjoy my parody of "Hamlet," "Omelet." It's a scene-by-scene parody of one of the Bard's longer plays, but it moves along pretty quickly and is a hair under 35,000 words in length.

Posted on Nov 7, 2011, 5:30:50 AM PST
Short stories sound like a good idea. Have you tried those by the masters of the genre - Rudyard Kipling, O. Henry, Guy de Maupassant, Somerset Maugham?

Posted on Nov 7, 2011, 6:56:34 PM PST
Coco Bean says:
My Nana is 92 and enjoys Nicholas Sparks
The Notebook (Mass Market Paperback)

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 8, 2011, 8:35:58 AM PST
My mother, who is 89, has enjoyed WATER FOR ELEPHANTS and THE DOVEKEEPERS by Alice Hoffman.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2011, 11:31:15 AM PST
Sallie Brown says:
My mother is 83 and just loved, Donna Ball, "A Year on Ladybug Farm". I've read it too and just thought it was wonderful. It is about 3 friends who are empty nesters who decide to move to an old run down mansion in the Shenandoah Mountains of Virginia. They have to promise to give it a year. It is a great story of girl friendships and family and the crazy things that happen during the year living on the farm they name Ladybug Farm. I would think any woman would love this book.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2011, 11:57:38 AM PST
PattiMac says:
Sounds like a perfect book. Thank you!

Posted on Nov 9, 2011, 5:40:39 PM PST
I am 81 and a voracious reader AND novelist myself - I have short articles on and several books on the Kindle - but in the meantime, I have discovered Robert B. Parker and his fabulous characters strolling through Boston and that hound dog, Pearl, just stole my heart - I was grieved to learn Mr. Parker died last Jan - one of his close friends was Tom Selleck who optioned one of his novels with Spenser as the lead detective - along with his sidekick, Hawk - and Mr Selleck starred in a TV production of one of the books. I am now through with all the Spenser tales and am working through those starring Jesse Stone...and dread the day there are no more forthcoming! Happy reading at any age! Jerine P. Watson

Posted on Nov 9, 2011, 6:17:16 PM PST
HardyBoy64 says:
Jhumpa Lahiri's collection of stories "Interpreter of Maladies" is beautiful.

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2011, 6:24:23 PM PST
PattiMac says:
Jerine, thank you for the suggestion. It is so funny to hear you recommend Robert B. Parker, since I just picked two of his books up for my friend yesterday!

In reply to an earlier post on Nov 9, 2011, 6:27:21 PM PST
Peggy says:
I bet she would like the Mitford series by Jan Karon
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