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“Whatever the reason—the richness of the theme, the sensibility of the editor, or vast number of writings out of which these selections were culled—this book contains the most piercingly intimate commentaries I have ever read about the human struggle.”

Dan Wile

Nan Narboe’s thoughtfully selected essays offer an intimate and lyrical account of aging through the decades. Authors Judy Blume, Andrew McCarthy, Gloria Steinem and others draw from their own experiences, describing a specific decade’s losses and gains to form a complex and unflinching portrait of the years from nearing fifty to ninety and beyond.

Aging: An Apprenticeship is now on sale from your local bookstore, and from Amazon (in both print and Kindle formats).

More Praise for AGING

  • I found something to love, something to laugh about or cry about, something to wish I’d written myself, on every page of this book. Fun (and nostalgic) to look back at my fifties when 72 seemed so very old. Moving (and inspiring) to look ahead to my 80s and beyond. [This is] a necessary book, one I’ll return to often.

    Molly Gloss, author of The Hearts of Horses

  • We all have our own way of meeting the reality of old age: sometimes with humor, sometimes with regret, and sometimes with nothing to go on but stubbornness ... so it’s a delight and a comfort to read these wonderful writers giving voice to our deepest feelings. Nan Narboe was just the editor to pull it off, she of grace and wit.

    Sandra Scofield, author of Mysteries of Love and Grief

  • Who couldn’t use a tour guide to the territory ahead? Better yet, more than 50 fierce and funny guides, who usher us across the shallows and over the waterfalls in this wonderful anthology.

    Ashton Applewhite, author of This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism