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Tuesdays with Morrie
An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Written by Mitch Albom


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Broadway Books
On Sale: October 8, 2002
Price: $13.99
ISBN: 978-0-7679-0592-3 (0-7679-0592-X)

The National Bestseller and Top Adoption Title.

Selected for Common Reading, including:
Becker College
Concordia University
Gallaudet University
Iowa State University
SUNY—New Paltz
University of Buffalo
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
University of North Dakota

“One Book, One Springfield” (Springfield, MA)


After seeing his former professor Morrie Schwartz being interviewed on television, and there learning of his terminal illness, Mitch Albom... Read more >

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Final Exam
A Surgeon's Reflections on Mortality
Written by Pauline W. Chen


Format: Trade Paperback, 288 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 8, 2008
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-27537-0 (0-307-27537-X)

A brilliant transplant surgeon brings compassion and narrative drama to the fearful reality that every doctor must face: the inevitability of mortality.

When Pauline Chen began medical school, she dreamed of saving lives. What she could not predict was how much death would be a part of her work. Almost immediately, she... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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A Very Easy Death

Written by Simone De Beauvoir


Format: Trade Paperback, 112 pages
Publisher: Pantheon
On Sale: February 12, 1985
Price: $11.95
ISBN: 978-0-394-72899-5 (0-394-72899-8)

A poignant account of her mother's death from cancer. Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Age Wave
How The Most Important Trend Of Our Time Can Change Your Future
Written by Ken Dychtwald, Ph.D. and Joe Flower


Format: Trade Paperback, 400 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: January 1, 1990
Price: $23.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-34806-4 (0-553-34806-X)

Based on 15 years of research by Dr. Dychtwald, a leading expert on aging, this is the first comprehensive analysis of the consequences of the aging baby-boomer population on society. Examining the choices and challenges for the future, Age Wave discusses topics such as the "cyclic life-style," "reinventing the family," "elderpower... Read more >

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Sister Age

Written by M.F.K. Fisher


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 12, 1984
Price: $14.00
ISBN: 978-0-394-72385-3 (0-394-72385-6)

In these fifteen remarkable stories, M.F.K. Fisher, one of the most admired writers of our time, embraces age as St. Francis welcomed Brother Pain. With a saint to guide us, she writes in her Foreword, perhaps we can accept in a loving way "the inevitable visits of a possibly nagging harpy... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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One Foot Forward
Stories and Faces of Widows and Widowers
Written by Judith Fox and Michele Reiss, PhD
Contribution by Joanne Lynn, MD


Format: Hardcover, 128 pages
Publisher: powerHouse Books
On Sale: September 3, 2013
Price: $29.95
ISBN: 978-1-57687-649-7 (1-57687-649-7)

Few people are comfortable talking about end-of-life issues, death, and widowhood. When this most transformative of life events eventually happens, how does one continue on past the lingering questions, the new plans, the change in perspective?

One Foot Forward offers hope and solace. The insightful and powerful stories of the 20 widowed... Read more >

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A Bittersweet Season
Caring for Our Aging Parents--and Ourselves
Written by Jane Gross


Format: Trade Paperback, 448 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: May 1, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-47240-3 (0-307-47240-X)

When Jane Gross found herself suddenly thrust into a caretaker role for her eighty-five year-old mother, she was forced to face challenges that she had never imagined. As she and her younger brother struggled to move her mother into an assisted living facility, deal with seemingly never-ending costs, and adapt to... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Force of Character
And the Lasting Life
Written by James Hillman


Format: Trade Paperback, 270 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: July 5, 2000
Price: $17.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-42405-1 (0-345-42405-0)

From the bestselling author of The Soul’s Code comes a revolutionary vision of aging. Hillman recasts life’s later years as a time with an important purpose: the fulfillment and confirmation of one’s character. Drawing on his grounding in Jungian psychology, Hillman explains here the archetypes and myths that govern the self’s... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Never Say Die
The Myth of the New Old Age
Written by Susan Jacoby


Format: Trade Paperback, 352 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: February 14, 2012
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-307-45628-1 (0-307-45628-5)

In Never Say Die, Susan Jacoby delivers a brave, impassioned, and exceptionally important wake-up call to Americans who have long been deluded by the dangerous myth that a radically new old age awaits the huge baby boom generation.

Combining historical, social, and economic analysis with personal experiences of love and loss... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Who Dies?
An Investigation of Conscious Living and Conscious Dying
Written by Stephen Levine and Ondrea Levine


Format: Trade Paperback, 336 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 18, 1989
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-26221-7 (0-385-26221-3)

Who Dies?—“the Bible of the Conscious Dying Movement” (Harpers)—reveals the philosophical and spiritual underpinnings of the new Hospice movement with its focus on providing a warm, supportive, and open environment for the dying individual—as opposed to sterile environments that separate the dying person from family, friends, children and familiar surroundings. Future... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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How We Die
Reflections of Life's Final Chapter, New Edition
Written by Sherwin B. Nuland


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: January 15, 1995
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-679-74244-9 (0-679-74244-1)

Winner of the National Book Award

Attempting to demythologize the process of dying, Nuland explores how we shall die, each of us in a way that will be unique. Through particular stories of dying--of patients, and of his own family--he examines the seven most common roads to death: old age, cancer, AIDS... Read more >
Also available as an abridged audiobook download.

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Lost in America
A Journey with My Father
Written by Sherwin B. Nuland


Format: Trade Paperback, 224 pages
Publisher: Vintage
On Sale: March 9, 2004
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-375-72722-1 (0-375-72722-1)

“He walks with me through every day of my life, in that unsteady, faltering gait that so embarrassed me when I was a boy. Always, he is holding fast to the upper part of my right arm . . . As we make our way together, my father—I called him Daddy... Read more >
Also available as an unabridged audiobook download and an eBook.

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Out of Time
The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing
Written by Lynne Segal and Elaine Showalter


Format: Trade Paperback, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: July 1, 2014
Price: $19.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-299-9 (1-78168-299-2)

As the baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, they are faced with new challenges and questions of politics and identity. In the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir, Out of Time looks at many of the issues facing the aged–the war of the generations and baby-boomer bashing, the politics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a hardcover.

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Out of Time
The Pleasures and the Perils of Ageing
Written by Lynne Segal
Introduction by Elaine Showalter


Format: Hardcover, 320 pages
Publisher: Verso
On Sale: November 5, 2013
Price: $26.95
ISBN: 978-1-78168-139-8 (1-78168-139-2)

As the baby boomers approach their sixth or seventh decade, they are faced with new challenges and questions of politics and identity. In the footsteps of Simone de Beauvoir, Out of Time looks at many of the issues facing the aged–the war of the generations and baby-boomer bashing, the politics of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook and a trade paperback.

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New Passages

Written by Gail Sheehy


Format: Trade Paperback, 528 pages
Publisher: Ballantine Books
On Sale: May 28, 1996
Price: $18.00
ISBN: 978-0-345-40445-9 (0-345-40445-9)

The old demarcations and descriptions of adulthood--beginning at twenty-one and ending at sixty-five--are hopelessly out of date. In New Passages, Gail Sheehy discovers and maps out a completely new frontier--a Second Adulthood in middle life.

"Stop and recalculate," Sheehy writes. "Imagine the day you turn forty-five as the infancy of another life."... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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The Forgetting
Alzheimer's: Portrait of an Epidemic
Written by David Shenk


Format: Trade Paperback, 304 pages
Publisher: Anchor
On Sale: January 14, 2003
Price: $15.95
ISBN: 978-0-385-49838-8 (0-385-49838-1)

Afflicting nearly half of all persons over the age of 85, Alzheimer’s disease kills nearly 100,000 Americas a year as it insidiously robs them of their memory and wreaks havoc on the lives of their loved ones. It was once minimized and misunderstood as forgetfulness in the elderly, but Alzheimer’s is... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.

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Aging with Grace
What the Nun Study Teaches Us About Leading Longer, Healthier, and More Meaningful Lives
Written by David Snowdon


Format: Trade Paperback, 256 pages
Publisher: Bantam
On Sale: April 30, 2002
Price: $16.00
ISBN: 978-0-553-38092-7 (0-553-38092-3)

In 1986, epidemiologist Dr. David Snowdon embarked on a revolutionary scientific study that would forever change the way we view aging and old age. Dubbed the “Nun Study” because it involves a unique population of 678 Catholic sisters, this remarkable long-term research project remains today at the forefront of some of... Read more >
Also available as an eBook.
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