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How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth)

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In this witty guide for seekers of all ages, author Henry Alford seeks instant enlightenment through conversations with those who have lived long and lived well.


Armed with recent medical evidence that supports the cliche that older people are, indeed, wiser, Alford sets off to interview people over 70--some famous (Phyllis Diller, Harold Bloom, Edward Albee), some accomplished (the world's most-quoted author, a woman who walked across the country at age 89 in support of campaign finance reform), some unusual (a pastor who thinks napping is a form of prayer, a retired aerospace engineer who eats food out of the garbage.) Early on in the process, Alford interviews his 79 year-old mother and step-father, and inadvertently changes the course of their 36 year-long union.


Part family memoir, part Studs Terkel, How To Live considers some unusual sources--deathbed confessions, late-in-life journals--to deliver a highly optimistic look at our dying days. By showing that life after 70 is the fulfillment of, not the end to, life's questions and trials, How to Live delivers that most unexpected punch: it makes you actually *want* to get older.

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In this witty guide, Alford seeks instant enlightenment through those who have lived long and lived well. Armed with recent medical evidence that supports the clich that older people are, indeed, wiser, he sets off to interview people over 70 to glean from their knowledge.

About the Author

Henry Alford is the author of two acclaimed works of investigative humor--Big Kiss: One Actor's Desperate Attempt to Claw His Way to the Top and Municipal Bondage: One Man's Anxiety-Producing Adventures in the Big City. He has been a regular contributor to the New York Times and Vanity Fair, and a staff writer at Spy. He has also written for The New Yorker, GQ, New York, Details, Harper's Bazaar, Travel and Leisure, the Villiage Voice, and Paris Review.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780446196048
Author:
Alford, Henry
Publisher:
Twelve
Subject:
Specific Groups - General
Subject:
Developmental - Adulthood & Aging
Subject:
Biography - General
Subject:
General Biography
Copyright:
Publication Date:
20100131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Pages:
288
Dimensions:
7.80x5.10x.80 in. .60 lbs.

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