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Michael Pollan calls her one of his food heroes. Barbara Kingsolver credits her with shaping the history and politics of food in the United States. And countless others who have vied for a food revolution, pushed organics, and reawakened Americans to growing their own food and eating locally consider her both teacher and muse.

Joan Gussow has influenced thousands through her books, This Organic Life and The Feeding Web, her lectures, and the simple fact that she lives what she preaches. Now in her eighties, she stops once more to pass along some wisdom — surprising, inspiring, and controversial — via the pen.

Gussow's memoir Growing, Older begins when she loses her husband of 40 years to cancer and, two weeks later, finds herself skipping down the street — much to her alarm. Why wasn't she grieving in all the normal ways? With humor and wit, she explains how she stopped worrying about why she was smiling and went on worrying, instead, and as she always has, about the possibility that the world around her was headed off a cliff. But hers is not a tale, or message, of gloom. Rather it is an affirmation of a life's work — and work in general.

Lacking a partner's assistance, Gussow continued the hard labor of growing her own year-round diet. She dealt single-handedly with a rising tidal river that regularly drowned her garden, with muskrat interlopers, broken appliances, bodily decay, and river trash — all the while bucking popular notions of how "an elderly widowed woman" ought to behave.

Scattered throughout are urgent suggestions about what growing older on a changing planet will call on all of us to do: learn self-reliance and self-restraint, yield graciously if not always happily to necessity, and — since there is no other choice — come to terms with the insistencies of the natural world. Gussow delivers another literary gem — one that women curious about aging, gardeners curious about contending with increasingly intense weather, or environmentalists curious about the future will embrace.

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Sequel to her previous book, This Organic Life, this literary memoir will be embraced by women curious about aging, gardeners curious about contending with increasingly intense weather, and environmentalists curious about the future. Scattered throughout are urgent suggestions about what growing older on a changing planet will call on all of us to do: learn self-reliance and self-restraint, yield graciously if not always happily to necessity, and — since there is no other choice — come to terms with the insistencies of the natural world.

About the Author

Joan Gussow is a highly acclaimed nutrition educator who has demonstrated that year-round eating from 1,000 square feet in a suburban riverfront village is possible, life-sustaining, and delicious. She is the author of This Organic Life and The Feeding Web and is Mary Swartz Rose Professor Emerita and former chair of the Columbia University Teachers College Nutrition Department. She lives on the Hudson River in Piermont, New York.

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Katherine Chapman, January 19, 2012 (view all comments by Katherine Chapman)
A touching memoir of a woman who has lived a full life exploring issues that are now on everyones minds, overpopulation, the value of organic food and eating locally.
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BJ McCafferty, November 4, 2010 (view all comments by BJ McCafferty)
There is a lot of "life cycle" in a garden.
Being now 65 and having my partner begin a
regiment of the "Raw Food" diet, I am digging
into these pages to beat the change of seasons
and have my fall raised beds ready for their
work(rest and rejuvenate)over the winter.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781603582926
Author:
Gussow, Joan Dye
Publisher:
Chelsea Green Publishing Company
Subject:
Personal Memoirs
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Essays
Subject:
Biography - General
Publication Date:
20101031
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
248
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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"Synopsis" by , Sequel to her previous book, This Organic Life, this literary memoir will be embraced by women curious about aging, gardeners curious about contending with increasingly intense weather, and environmentalists curious about the future. Scattered throughout are urgent suggestions about what growing older on a changing planet will call on all of us to do: learn self-reliance and self-restraint, yield graciously if not always happily to necessity, and — since there is no other choice — come to terms with the insistencies of the natural world.
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