Synopses & Reviews
Colorful and enlightening vignettes about life by everyday people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties.
When social worker Wendy Lustbader was asked to take down the histories of elderly residents in a retirement community, she discovered that "the man with Alzheimer's in room 410" was actually ninety-six year old Ole Hatlen, a former concert pianist. "The woman who people-watches in the lobby" became Lila Lane, who eloped to Tijuana with her sweetheart at age sixteen, and at age seventy-five bemoaned the fact that she could no longer wear high heels.
Lustbader gathered these stories and more into What's Worth Knowing, a compilation of colorful first-person testimonials on love, truth, grief, faith, and fulfillment by people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties. Israel Grosskoff, for example, describes learning about trust while hiding from the Nazis in World War II. Giuseppe Maestriami passes on lessons in child-rearing he found through growing prize-winning tomatoes. And Arsene St. Amand talks about the importance of making time for love-which he found for the first time six months before his death.
In What's Worth Knowing, readers can spend time with Ole, Lila, Israel, Giuseppe, and Arsene-and a hundred others whose advice matters more because of the way they've learned it.