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gOld: The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversations Paperback – October 1, 2011
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"Older age doesn't mean the end of desire and excitement. gOld demonstrates, beautifully, how new adventures continue to unfold in later life, and this is certainly good news for the baby boomers." -- Dr. Ruth Westheimer
"Harry Getzov has created an informative and easy-to-read collection of fascinating interviews-compiled from visits with people throughout the country. Beautifully written, gOld provides us with a broad perspective on what gives meaning and purpose to life." -- Susan Perlstein, The National Center for Creative Aging; Elders Share the Arts
"Harry Getzov provides a beautiful gift to every reader: To those who, like my mother, live well into their older years and, perhaps more important, to those of us who need to be reminded that behind the face of an older person is the spirit of eternal life. May this book open many minds and illuminate many hearts." -- Marianne Williamson
"It simply felt good to be around him." So writes Harry Getzov in gOld about the beautiful gardener who had a powerful influence on him as a child. We can say the same thing about all the wonderful individuals who appear in gOld: It feels good to be around them." -- Jennifer Read Hawthorne, coauthor, Chicken Soup for the Woman's Soul
"gOld is a true gem that lends such a sweet and tender voice to a generation that has gone unheard for far too long. I laughed - I cried - I rejoiced - as I am sure you will!" -- Grammy winning music icon, Patti Austin
About the Author
In addition to a degree of Juris Doctor from Emory University School of Law in Atlanta, Georgia, Getzov obtained a bachelor's degree from Boston University's College of Liberal Arts and studied at the Brookdale Center on Aging of Hunter College in New York City. He has been admitted to the practice of law in the State of New York and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. His articles have appeared in the Huffington Post, New York Daily News, Newsday, The Dallas Morning News, The Kansas City Star, the Press Journal and amNew York, and he has been a guest on radio in the communities he has visited throughout the country. Getzov speaks frequently to students as well as to public and private audiences about Eldercation and intergenerational communication.
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The book is neatly arranged into different topics, such as Love, Health, Religion, and Family making it not only an enjoyable read but also a handy reference for an uplifting story about a specific topic. It's easy for a book like this to become repetitive but one of gOld's strengths is that it consistently delivers fresh perspectives even on the same topic and I found myself more anxious to turn the page and read the next nugget as soon as I finished the one right before!
Another strength of gOld is the way Getzov introduces each topic and each interview subject. He writes in a great voice and his passion for the subject [and interview subjects] comes through loud and clear! Some of the interview subjects are very well known but the less well-known are often much more interesting.
To quote Getzov, "Old - it's not a four-letter word."
I can't say enough good things about this book or the message of hope that it brings.
Getzov's personality and gifts as a writer are very evident; and yet, what really shines are the stories told by his interviewees. He builds an elegant framework and then respectfully lets them speak for themselves. Each short story is faithfully presented with the chuckles, smiles, and other physical cues that another author might have discarded. Yes -- some of his interviewees are famous, but many of them are not. This book is a treasure chest of stories that might otherwise have never been made known. How lucky are we that Getzov thought to ask these people for their wisdom? And what does it say about him that they were willing to open up so frankly?
I, for one, am anxious for a follow-up book. Or a series.
gOLD is a joyous and inspirational celebration of the culmination of a lifetime that we can only hope to be lucky enough to experience. What a perfect gift for anyone celebrating a milestone birthday, retirement or even a college graduation! And thanks to Harry J. Getzov for shedding light where we are headed.gOld: The Extraordinary Side of Aging Revealed Through Inspiring Conversations
Harry has surpassed even my expectations, and I can be a tough critic. He has created a masterpiece, a tapestry of our past, our present and our future. gOld is a compilation of the lives of the elders among us, their life stories, their legacies, and certainly their wisdom. They are our parents, our teachers, our neighbors, and those with whom we cross paths in the course of each and every day.
This book should be part of the high school curriculum. If there is one outstanding history book, it certainly is this one. It will give you insight in to the lives these amazing people have lived, the struggles and challenges they have endured, and the fortitude and beauty with which they have become who they are today.
You will walk away from reading this book with a new understanding of our elders, and It will undoubtedly both change your perspective and increase your understanding and respect for them. FIVE STARS to my good friend Harry!!!
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