Books about Aging

  1. Grandma Gatewood's Walk: The Inspiring Story of the Woman Who Saved the Appalachian Trail

    by Ben Montgomery
    The true story of Emma Gatewood's record-breaking hike of the entire Appalachian Trail.

    2014 National Outdoor Book Award Winner in History / Biography Emma Gatewood told her family she was going on a walk and left her small Ohio hometown with a change of clothes and less than two ... (Barnes & Noble)

  2. Stone Mattress: Nine Tales

    by Margaret Atwood
    Nine stories exploring human relationships and the complexities of modern life.

    A collection of highly imaginative short pieces that speak to our times with deadly accuracy. A recently widowed fantasy writer is guided through a stormy winter evening by the voice of her late ... (Goodreads)

  3. And Every Morning the Way Home Gets Longer and Longer

    by Fredrik Backman
    A grandfather's memories of life and love, intertwined with his grandson's journey of growing up.

    A little book with a big heart—from the New York Times bestselling author of, A Man Called Ove, and, Anxious People,. “I read this beautifully imagined and moving novella in one sitting, utterly ... (Barnes & Noble)

  4. The Sense of an Ending

    by Julian Barnes
    An exploration of memory and its impact on the present, looking at the choices we make in life.

    By an acclaimed writer at the height of his powers, The Sense of an Ending extends a streak of extraordinary books that began with the best-selling Arthur & George and continued with Nothing to Be ... (Goodreads)

  5. Why We Sleep: Unlocking the Power of Sleep and Dreams

    by Matthew Walker
    Exploring the science of sleep, uncovering its powerful effects on health, productivity, and wellbeing.

    “,Why We Sleep, is an important and fascinating book...Walker taught me a lot about this basic activity that every person on Earth needs. I suspect his book will do the same for you.” —Bill Gates A, ... (Barnes & Noble)

  6. Out Stealing Horses

    by Per Petterson
    An elderly man reflects on his past, uncovering long-buried secrets and memories.

    We were going out stealing horses. That was what he said, standing at the door to the cabin where I was spending the summer with my father. I was fifteen. It was 1948 and one of the first days of ... (Goodreads)

  7. Less

    by Andrew Sean Greer
    A man's journey of self-discovery and coming to terms with his life choices.

    PROBLEM: You are a failed novelist about to turn fifty. A wedding invitation arrives in the mail: your boyfriend of the past nine years now engaged to someone else. You can’t say yes–it would all be ... (Goodreads)

  8. Lily and the Octopus

    by Steven Rowley
    A man's journey with his beloved dog, exploring the bond between humans and animals.

    A 42-year-old writer finds that a small octopus has attached itself to the head of his aging dachshund , Lily. Rowley, a 43-year-old paralegal and screenwriter, had sold several unproduced ... (Wikipedia)

  9. A Visit from the Goon Squad

    by Jennifer Egan
    A mosaic of characters, lives, and relationships as they intertwine and evolve over time.

    Jennifer Egan’s spellbinding interlocking narratives circle the lives of Bennie Salazar, an aging former punk rocker and record executive, and Sasha, the passionate, troubled young woman he employs. ... (Goodreads)

  10. Everyman

    by Philip Roth
    A man's life story told through his relationships, questioning the meaning of life and mortality.

    The book begins at the funeral of its protagonist. The remainder of the book, which ends with his death, looks mournfully back on episodes from his life, including his childhood, where he and his ... (Wikipedia)

  11. A Man Called Ove

    by Fredrik Backman
    A humorous and heartwarming tale of an old man's life journey of redemption and second chances.

    "Ove is a curmudgeon—the kind of man who points at people he dislikes as if they were burglars caught outside his bedroom window. He has staunch principles, strict routines, and a short fuse. People ... (Wikipedia)

  12. A Short History of Tractors in Ukrainian

    by Marina Lewycka
    A humorous tale of two sisters dealing with their father's marriage to a much younger woman.

    The novel describes the reactions of two daughters when their widowed, 84-year-old father Nikolai marries a highly sexual and much younger Ukrainian immigrant, Valentina. Concerned about Valentina’s ... (Wikipedia)

  13. Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life

    by Richard Rohr
    A reflective journey exploring themes of maturity, mid-life crises, and spiritual growth.

    A fresh way of thinking about spirituality that grows throughout life In Falling Upward , Fr. Richard Rohr seeks to help readers understand the tasks of the two halves of life and to show them that ... (Goodreads)

  14. Elizabeth Is Missing

    by Emma Healey
    An elderly woman's struggle with dementia, as she desperately searches for her missing friend.

    Maud, a grandmother in her 80s living with Alzheimer's disease , relies on sticky notes to get through the day as her memory slowly deteriorates. One day her best friend, another elderly woman named ... (Wikipedia)

  15. The Confessions of Max Tivoli

    by Andrew Sean Greer
    A man who ages backwards recounts his life-long love for a woman who ages normally.

    Today Show Book Club Pick,An extraordinarily haunting love story told in the voice of a man who appears to age backwards,We are each the love of someone's life.,So begins, The Confessions of Max ... (Barnes & Noble)

  16. Old Man's War

    by John Scalzi
    Elderly citizens enlist in an interstellar war to save humanity, discovering new strength and purpose.

    Old Man's War is about a soldier named John Perry and his exploits in the Colonial Defense Forces (CDF). The first-person narrative follows Perry's military career from CDF recruit to the rank of ... (Wikipedia)

  17. Autumn

    by Ali Smith
    A novel about the friendship between an elderly man and a young woman, exploring themes of memory, time, and the changing of seasons.

    Daniel Gluck, a 101-year-old former songwriter, lies asleep and dreaming in his care home. He is regularly visited by 32-year-old Elisabeth Demand, who had been his next door neighbour as a young ... (Wikipedia)

  18. Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End

    by Atul Gawande
    An exploration of the human experience of mortality and the importance of end-of-life care.

    In, Being Mortal, author Atul Gawande tackles the hardest challenge of his profession: how medicine can not only improve life but also the process of its ending Medicine has triumphed in modern ... (Goodreads)

  19. Olive Kitteridge

    by Elizabeth Strout
    An exploration of the life of a small-town woman, revealing her struggles and emotional complexities.

    Winner of the Pulitzer Prize, Olive Kitteridge offers profound insights into the human condition – its conflicts, its tragedies and joys, and the endurance it requires. At times stern, at other times ... (Goodreads)

  20. Norwegian by Night

    by Derek B. Miller
    An elderly veteran's journey of redemption and transformation, set amidst the backdrop of Norway's war-torn history.

    He will not admit it to Rhea and Lars - never, of course not - but Sheldon can't help but wonder what it is he's doing here.. Eighty-two years old, and recently widowed, Sheldon Horowitz has ... (Goodreads)

  21. The Stone Angel

    by Margaret Laurence
    An elderly woman reflects on her life and relationships with family, friends, and society.

    In a series of vignettes , The Stone Angel tells the story of Hagar Shipley, a 90-year-old woman struggling to come to grips with a life of intransigence and loss. The themes of pride and the ... (Wikipedia)

  22. Can't We Talk about Something More Pleasant?

    by Roz Chast
    A graphic memoir about a daughter's relationship with her aging parents.

    The book's storyline, spanning an eight-year period from 2001 to 2009, concerns Roz Chast's parents living in Brooklyn . The book describes various interactions between Chast and her parents. Chast, ... (Wikipedia)

  23. The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out the Window and Disappeared

    by Jonas Jonasson
    An adventurous old man escapes a nursing home for an unexpected journey of self-discovery.

    Allan Karlsson is about to celebrate his hundredth birthday, and his retirement home in Malmköping is planning to throw a party. Allan is not interested. Instead, he climbs out the window and ... (Wikipedia)

  24. We Are Not Ourselves

    by Matthew Thomas
    A journey of life-changing events, testing the resilience of an American family.

    Epic in scope, heroic in character, and masterful in prose, We Are Not Ourselves is a multigenerational portrait of the Irish American Leary family. Born in 1941, Eileen Tumulty is raised by her ... (Goodreads)

  25. Love in the Time of Cholera

    by Gabriel García Márquez
    An epic love story spanning decades, exploring the power of true love.

    The main characters of the novel are Florentino Ariza and Fermina Daza. Florentino and Fermina fall in love in their youth. A secret relationship blossoms between the two with the help of Fermina's ... (Wikipedia)

  26. Turn of Mind

    by Alice LaPlante
    A retired orthopedic surgeon with dementia is suspected of murdering her best friend. She tries to piece together the truth before it's too late.

    A New York Times bestseller, Turn of Mind is a literary thriller about a retired orthopedic surgeon suffering from dementia and accused of killing her best friend. With unmatched patience and a ... (Barnes & Noble)

  27. An Unnecessary Woman

    by Rabih Alameddine
    An aging woman's reflections on life, love, and literature.

    One of Beirut’s most celebrated voices, Rabih Alameddine follows his international bestseller, The Hakawati , with a heartrending novel that celebrates the singular life of an obsessive introvert, ... (Goodreads)

  28. The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel

    by Deborah Moggach
    A group of British retirees move to a newly restored hotel in India, discovering new experiences and relationships.

    Several British retirees decide to move to Jaipur , India , to stay in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel, advertised as an exotic retirement home . Evelyn Greenslade, a widowed housewife, must sell her ... (Wikipedia)

  29. Crossing to Safety

    by Wallace Stegner
    An exploration of friendship, the power of love, and the nature of life's transitions.

    Crossing to Safety has, since its publication in 1987, established itself as one of the greatest and most cherished American novels of the twentieth century. Tracing the lives, loves, and aspirations ... (Goodreads)

  30. The Old Man Who Read Love Stories

    by Luis Sepúlveda
    An old man's quest to find solace and peace in the stories he reads.

    In a remote river town deep in the Ecuadoran jungle, Antonio José Bolívar seeks refuge in amorous novels. But tourists and opportunists are making inroads into the area, and the balance of nature is ... (Goodreads)

  31. The Corrections

    by Jonathan Franzen
    A family drama exploring the complexities of relationships, aging and life’s choices.

    The novel shifts back and forth through the late 20th century, intermittently following spouses Alfred and Enid Lambert as they raise their children Gary, Chip, and Denise in the traditional ... (Wikipedia)

  32. Barney's Version

    by Mordecai Richler
    A man's life story told with humour and heart, reflecting on his relationships, successes and regrets.

    The story is written as if it is an autobiography by Barney Panofsky recounting his life in varying detail. Barney's version of events may be viewed as that of two unreliable narrators , in that his ... (Wikipedia)

  33. How It All Began

    by Penelope Lively
    A chain of events is set off when a retired teacher is mugged, leading to a series of interconnected stories about love, loss, and the unpredictability of life.
  34. 600 Hours of Edward

    by Craig Lancaster
    A touching story of an unlikely friendship between an elderly man and a troubled teen.

    A thirty-nine-year-old with Asperger’s syndrome and obsessive-compulsive disorder, Edward Stanton lives alone on a rigid schedule in the Montana town where he grew up. His carefully constructed ... (Goodreads)

  35. Rabbit at Rest

    by John Updike
    A story of family and mortality, exploring the struggle of growing old and facing death.

    This novel is part of the series that follows the life of Harry "Rabbit" Angstrom from 1960 to 1990. Rabbit at Rest focuses on the years 1988–89. Harry, nearly 40 years after his glory days as a high ... (Wikipedia)

  36. Sh*t My Dad Says

    by Justin Halpern
    Collection of humorous musings and witticisms from an elderly father.

    After being dumped by his longtime girlfriend, twenty-eight-year-old Justin Halpern found himself living at home with his seventy-three-year-old dad. Sam Halpern, who is "like Socrates, but angrier, ... (Goodreads)

  37. Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk

    by Kathleen Rooney
    An elderly woman's journey through the streets of New York, reflecting on her extraordinary life.

    It’s the last day of 1984, and 85-year-old Lillian Boxfish is about to take a walk. As she traverses a grittier Manhattan, a city anxious after an attack by a still-at-large subway vigilante, she ... (Goodreads)

  38. Old Filth

    by Jane Gardam
    The life story of Sir Edward Feathers, a retired judge known as "Old Filth" (Failed In London Try Hong Kong), and his complex relationships.

    Sir Edward Feathers has had a brilliant career, from his early days as a lawyer in Southeast Asia, where he earned the nickname Old Filth (FILTH being an acronym for Failed In London Try Hong Kong) ... (Goodreads)

  39. Out of Mind

    by J. Bernlef
    A man's journey to regain his memories and his identity.

    Maarten Klein verliest langzaam maar zeker zijn greep op de werkelijkheid. Hij kan heden en verleden niet meer onderscheiden, wil plotseling weer naar zijn werk en ziet zijn echtgenote voor een ... (Goodreads)

  40. I Feel Bad About My Neck: And Other Thoughts on Being a Woman

    by Nora Ephron
    A humorous and poignant look at the struggles of aging and being a woman in modern society.

    With her disarming, intimate, completely accessible voice, and dry sense of humor, Nora Ephron shares with us her ups and downs in I Feel Bad About My Neck, a candid, hilarious look at women who are ... (Goodreads)

  41. The Dying Animal

    by Philip Roth
    A professor reflects on mortality, grappling with romantic relationships and the fear of death.

    Kepesh is fascinated by the beautiful young Consuela Castillo, a student in one of his courses. An erotic liaison is formed between the two; Kepesh becomes obsessively enamored of his lover's ... (Wikipedia)

  42. The Shell Seekers

    by Rosamunde Pilcher
    A family explores their past, present, and future while examining the importance of treasured objects.

    Shifting in time, the novel tells the story of Penelope Keeling, the daughter of unconventional parents (an artist father and his much-younger French wife), examining her past and her relationships ... (Wikipedia)

  43. The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

    by Phaedra Patrick
    An elderly man embarks on an unexpected journey of self-discovery and healing.

    Look for Phaedra Patrick’s newest perfectly charming read, The Secrets of Love Story Bridge . “An endearing celebration of life.” Perfect for fans of A Man Called Ove , this curiously ... (Barnes & Noble)

  44. If You Ask Me

    by Betty White
    Memoir of a beloved actress, full of stories and humor.

    It-girl Betty White delivers a hilarious, slyly profound take on love, life, celebrity, and everything in between. Drawing from a lifetime of lessons learned, seven-time Emmy winner Betty White's wit ... (Goodreads)

  45. Kings of the Wyld

    by Nicholas Eames
    A reunion of aging warriors on a daring quest to save a beloved daughter.

    Clay Cooper and his band were once the best of the best – the meanest, dirtiest, most feared crew of mercenaries this side of the Heartwyld. Their glory days long past, the mercs have grown apart and ... (Goodreads)

  46. I Will Fear No Evil

    by Robert A. Heinlein
    An elderly billionaire's journey of self-discovery, exploring the nature of life, death and existence.

    The story takes place in the early 21st century against a background of an overpopulated Earth with a violent, dysfunctional society. Elderly billionaire Johann Sebastian Bach Smith is being kept ... (Wikipedia)

  47. Lots of Candles, Plenty of Cake

    by Anna Quindlen
    Reflective musings on life, aging and the joys of growing older.

    In this irresistible memoir, the #1 New York Times bestselling author writes about her life and the lives of women today, looking back and ahead - and celebrating it all - as she considers marriage, ... (Goodreads)

  48. East of the Mountains

    by David Guterson
    A retired heart surgeon with terminal cancer embarks on a final hunting trip in the mountains of Washington State.

    From the author of Snow Falling on Cedars comes this bestselling novel about a dying man’s final journey through a landscape that has always sustained him and provided him with hope and challenges. ... (Goodreads)

  49. Slow Man

    by J.M. Coetzee
    After a life-changing accident, a man is forced to confront his mortality and the meaning of his existence.

    Paul Rayment, a man of late middle-age, loses part of a leg after his bicycle is hit by a car driven by a reckless young man. He becomes reclusive and retreats to his flat where he is cared for by a ... (Wikipedia)

  50. Memories of My Melancholy Whores

    by Gabriel García Márquez
    An elderly man's reflections on love and life, through the lens of a young prostitute.

    An old journalist, who has just celebrated his 90th birthday, seeks sex with a 14 year old prostitute, who is selling her virginity to help her family. Instead of sex, he discovers love for the first ... (Wikipedia)

  51. The Ghost Writer

    by Philip Roth
    A writer grapples with his identity, past, and future as he discovers love, loss, and a new beginning.

    When talented young writer Nathan Zuckerman makes his pilgrimage to sit at the feet of his hero, the reclusive master of American Literature, E. I. Lonoff, he soon finds himself enmeshed in the great ... (Goodreads)

  52. Please Look After Mom

    by Shin Kyung-sook
    A family's journey of grief and healing following the disappearance of their mother.

    When sixty-nine-year-old So-Nyo is separated from her husband among the crowds of the Seoul subway station , her family begins a desperate search to find her. Yet as long-held secrets and private ... (Wikipedia)

  53. Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century

    by Jessica Bruder
    A chronicle of a new American subculture of nomadic older adults, coping with economic precarity.

    An alternate cover edition of ISBN 9780393356311 can be found, here., The inspiration for Chloé Zhao's 2020 Golden Lion award-winning film starring Frances McDormand. From the beet fields of North ... (Goodreads)

  54. The Secret Scripture

    by Sebastian Barry
    A woman's life story, told through her own words, as she reflects on her life journeys.

    The main character is an old woman, Roseanne McNulty, who now resides in the Roscommon Regional Mental Hospital. Having been a patient for some fifty years or more, Roseanne decides to write an ... (Wikipedia)

  55. How We Die: Reflections of Life's Final Chapter

    by Sherwin B. Nuland
    A frank and informative exploration of the physical and emotional processes of dying, and the medical, ethical, and spiritual issues surrounding it.

    A runaway bestseller and National Book Award winner, Sherwin Nuland's How We Die has become the definitive text on perhaps the single most universal human concern: death. This new edition includes an ... (Goodreads)

  56. The Blue Zones: Lessons for Living Longer From the People Who've Lived the Longest

    by Dan Buettner
    Investigating the lifestyles of the world's longest-lived people, Buettner shares their secrets to longevity and happiness.

    A New York Times Bestseller! With the right lifestyle, experts say, chances are that you may live up to a decade longer. What's the prescription for success? National Geographic Explorer Dan Buettner ... (Goodreads)

  57. Blue Nights

    by Joan Didion
    A reflective look back at motherhood, memory and the fragility of life.

    From one of our most powerful writers, a work of stunning frankness about losing a daughter. Richly textured with bits of her own childhood and married life with her husband, John Gregory Dunne, and ... (Goodreads)

  58. Dear Committee Members

    by Julie Schumacher
    An epistolary novel of a professor's reflections on his life and career.

    Finally, a novel that puts the "pissed" back into "epistolary." Jason Fitger is a beleaguered professor of creative writing and literature at Payne University, a small and not very distinguished ... (Goodreads)

  59. Exit Ghost

    by Philip Roth
    Aging writer Nathan Zuckerman returns to New York City, confronting his mortality and past relationships.

    Like Rip Van Winkle returning to his hometown to find that all has changed, Nathan Zuckerman comes back to New York, the city he left eleven years before. Alone on his New England mountain, Zuckerman ... (Goodreads)

  60. Wilfrid Gordon McDonald Partridge

    by Mem Fox
    A young boy sets out to help his elderly friend regain her memory by collecting objects that hold special meaning to her.

    Wilfred Gordon McDonald Partridge lives next door to a nursing home in which several of his good friends reside. Of course, his favorite is Miss Nancy Alison Delacourt Cooper, because she has four ... (Goodreads)

  61. Our Souls at Night

    by Kent Haruf
    An elderly couple's exploration of love, loneliness, and companionship.

    A spare yet eloquent, bittersweet yet inspiring story of a man and a woman who, in advanced age, come together to wrestle with the events of their lives and their hopes for the imminent future. In ... (Goodreads)

  62. Sweet Bean Paste

    by Durian Sukegawa
    An elderly woman's story of redemption, exploring life's hardships and joys.

    Sentaro has failed. He has a criminal record, drinks too much, and his dream of becoming a writer is just a distant memory. With only the blossoming of the cherry trees to mark the passing of time, ... (Goodreads)

  63. Last Bus to Wisdom

    by Ivan Doig
    A young boy embarks on an eventful journey of self-discovery, learning about life along the way.

    The final novel from a great American storyteller., Donal Cameron is being raised by his grandmother, the cook at the legendary Double W ranch in Ivan Doig’s beloved Two Medicine Country of the ... (Goodreads)

  64. This Is Your Life, Harriet Chance!

    by Jonathan Evison
    An elderly woman's life is revealed through a series of flashbacks and revelations at a cruise ship bingo game.

    With her husband Bernard now in the grave, seventy-nine-year-old Harriet Chance sets sail on an ill-conceived Alaskan cruise only to discover through a series of revelations that she’s been living ... (Goodreads)

  65. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button

    by F. Scott Fitzgerald
    A man's journey through life in reverse, exploring the meaning of life and death.

    In 1860 Baltimore , Benjamin is born with the physical appearance of a 70-year-old man, already capable of speech. His father Roger invites neighborhood boys to play with him and orders him to play ... (Wikipedia)

  66. Wrinkles

    by Paco Roca

    Emilio, un antiguo ejecutivo bancario, es internado en una residencia de ancianos por su familia tras sufrir una nueva crisis de Alzheimer. Allí, aprende a convivir con sus nuevos compañeros –cada ... (Goodreads)

  67. The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey

    by Walter Mosley
    An elderly man with dementia is given a chance to regain his memories and seek revenge. A poignant exploration of memory, love, and redemption.

    A masterful, moving novel about age, memory, and family from one of the true literary icons of our time. Ptolemy Grey is ninety-one years old and has been all but forgotten-by his family, his ... (Goodreads)

  68. The Sound of the Mountain

    by Yasunari Kawabata
    An aging man reflects on his life, family, and the beauty of nature as he struggles with loneliness and regret.

    The novel centers upon the Ogata family of Kamakura, and its events are witnessed from the perspective of its aging patriarch, Shingo, a businessman close to retirement who works in Tokyo. Shingo is ... (Wikipedia)

  69. We Are Never Meeting in Real Life.

    by Samantha Irby
    Collection of humorous, honest essays exploring experiences of race, gender, and identity in modern society.

    Sometimes you just have to laugh, even when life is a dumpster fire. With We Are Never Meeting in Real Life. , "bitches gotta eat" blogger and comedian Samantha Irby turns the serio-comic essay into ... (Goodreads)

  70. Still Foolin' 'Em: Where I've Been, Where I'm Going, and Where the Hell Are My Keys

    by Billy Crystal
    A humorous autobiography of the actor and comedian's life and career.

    Hilarious and heartfelt observations on aging from one of America's favorite comedians as he turns 65, and a look back at a remarkable career in this, New York Times, bestseller., Billy Crystal is ... (Barnes & Noble)

  71. Methuselah's Children

    by Robert A. Heinlein
    An exploration of the implications of living a long life, as a group of people defy aging.

    After the fall of the American Ayatollahs as foretold in Stranger in a Strange Land and chronicled in Revolt in 2100 , the United States of America at last fulfills the promise inherent in its first ... (Goodreads)

  72. The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years Old

    by Hendrik Groen

    Hendrik Groen mag dan oud zijn, hij is nog lang niet dood en niet van plan zich eronder te laten krijgen. Toegegeven: zijn dagelijkse wandelingen worden steeds korter omdat de benen niet meer willen ... (Goodreads)

  73. Back When We Were Grownups

    by Anne Tyler
    A middle-aged woman questions her life choices and identity after inheriting her deceased husband's family business.

    Tyler's 15th novel, like most of her work, is set in Baltimore, Maryland . It opens with the sentence, "Once upon a time, there was a woman who discovered she had turned into the wrong person." The ... (Wikipedia)

  74. The Leisure Seeker

    by Michael Zadoorian
    An elderly couple embarks on a road trip in their vintage RV, seeking one last adventure before their health deteriorates.

    John and Ella Robina have shared a wonderful life for more than fifty years. Now in their eighties, Ella suffers from cancer and has chosen to stop treatment. John has Alzheimer's. Yearning for one ... (Wikipedia)

  75. The Fourteenth Goldfish

    by Jennifer L. Holm
    A girl uses science to discover the power of family, friendship, and second chances.

    Galileo. Newton. Salk. Oppenheimer. Science can change the world . . . but can it go too far? Eleven-year-old Ellie has never liked change. She misses fifth grade. She misses her old best friend. She ... (Goodreads)

  76. Winter Journal

    by Paul Auster
    A memoir of the author's life, exploring memories and experiences through the lens of winter.

    From the bestselling novelist and author of "The Invention of Solitude," a moving and highly personal meditation on the body, time, and language itself ""That is where the story begins, in your body, ... (Goodreads)

  77. A Spot of Bother

    by Mark Haddon
    A middle-aged man's struggle to overcome his anxieties and accept the changes in his life.

    The novel follows George Hall, a 57-year-old hypochondriac , and his family following George's retirement from a career manufacturing playground equipment. George has hypochondria, an excessive ... (Wikipedia)

  78. Diary of a Bad Year

    by J.M. Coetzee
    A writer hires a typist to transcribe his thoughts on politics, love, and aging. Their relationship evolves as they share their personal stories.

    The protagonist, called Señor C. by the other characters, is an aging South African writer living in Sydney . The novel consists of his essays and musings alongside diary entries by both Señor C. and ... (Wikipedia)

  79. The Unit

    by Ninni Holmqvist
    In a dystopian society, childless individuals over 50 are sent to "The Unit" for medical experimentation. One woman fights for her life and freedom.

    One day in early spring, Dorrit Weger is checked into the Second Reserve Bank Unit for biological material. She is promised a nicely furnished apartment inside the Unit, where she will make new ... (Goodreads)

  80. Ageless Body, Timeless Mind: The Quantum Alternative to Growing Old

    by Deepak Chopra
    A guide to achieving physical and mental well-being through the principles of quantum physics and Ayurveda.

    There is nothing inevitable about aging–that is the inspiring message from Dr. Deepak Chopra. "Once again Dr. Chopra presents us with information that can help us live long, healthy lives. For all ... (Goodreads)

  81. Larry's Party

    by Carol Shields
    Follow Larry's life as a journeyman, from his early days as a florist to his eventual career as a landscape designer.

    Larry Weller, born in 1950, is an ordinary guy made extraordinary by his creator's perception, irony and tenderness. Carol Shields gives us, as it were, a CAT scan of his life, in episodes between ... (Goodreads)

  82. A Clean Well Lighted Place

    by Ernest Hemingway
    Two waiters discuss the loneliness and despair of an old man who frequents their café late at night.

    "A Clean, Well-Lighted Place" is a short story by American author Ernest Hemingway, first published in Scribner's Magazine in 1933; it was also included in his collection Winner Take Nothing (1933). ... (Goodreads)

  83. Gentleman Jole and the Red Queen

    by Lois McMaster Bujold
    A widowed Countess and a retired Admiral navigate life and love on a new planet. A story of second chances and unexpected romance.

    Cordelia Naismith Vorkosigan returns to the planet that changed her destiny. FUTURE IMPERFECT Three years after her famous husband's death, Cordelia Vorkosigan, widowed Vicereine of Sergyar, stands ... (Goodreads)

  84. Etta and Otto and Russell and James

    by Emma Hooper
    Etta embarks on a journey to see the ocean, leaving behind her husband Otto and friend James. Russell, a coyote, joins her on the way.

    I've gone. I've never seen the water, so I've gone there. I will try to remember to come back. Etta's greatest unfulfilled wish, living in the rolling farmland of Saskatchewan, is to see the sea. And ... (Goodreads)

  85. A Whole Life

    by Robert Seethaler
    A man's life from childhood to death, recounting his reflection on a life well-lived.

    Als Andreas Egger in das Tal kommt, in dem er sein Leben verbringen wird, ist er vier Jahre alt, ungefähr – so genau weiß das keiner. Er wächst zu einem gestandenen Hilfsknecht heran und schließt ... (Goodreads)

  86. Me: Stories of My Life

    by Katharine Hepburn
    A memoir recounting the successes, struggles and influences of the iconic actress.

    A, NEW YORK TIMES, Notable Book of the Year ,“In her book about her life, Miss Hepburn insists that that woman in the movies was not her at all. ‘I’m not going to hide behind you anymore,’ she says. ... (Barnes & Noble)

  87. Still Alice

    by Lisa Genova
    A woman's struggle to hold on to her identity in the face of a devastating diagnosis of early-onset Alzheimer's disease.

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