I Feel Great about My Hands: And Other Unexpected Joys of Aging
Douglas & McIntyre, 2011 - FAMILY & RELATIONSHIPS - 245 pages
Nora Ephron struck a chord with "I Feel Bad about My Neck." Women's advocate and acclaimed writer Shari Graydon set out to counter the supposed downhill slide-inspired grief by inviting notable women from across Canada -- all over 50 -- to provide an alternative perspective.
"I Feel Great about My Hands" is a collection of stories, essays and poems embracing the changes, discoveries and wisdom that come with age. This colourful anthology includes:
Gemini award-honoured funnywoman Mary Walsh on playing a "big, loud, opinionated old bag"
Celebrated poet Lorna Crozier's hilariously graphic "My Last Erotic Poem"
Val Napoleon, an adopted Gitksan member of Cree heritage applying Aboriginal trickster tales to modern attitudes about aging
Shari Graydon herself focusing her "face-half-unwrinkled" attention on the hands that have helped her nurture life and express creativity and joy
Royalties from the book will benefit "Media Action," an organization dedicated to challenging the under-representation and sexualization of women in the media.
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I Feel Great About My Hands: And Other Unexpected Joys of AgingUser Review - Book Verdict
Compassion and comedy are combined in this collection of 40 new essays and poems celebrating the challenges and benefits of female maturity. Graydon (past president, Media Action Média; In Your Face: The Culture of Beauty and You) invited dozens of women to write about their experiences as they turned 50 or older, her title a wry reference to Nora Ephron's popular I Feel Bad About My Neck. The result is a wise and humorous multi-voiced collection of 42 pieces, for the most part by Canadian women, that affirms the internal benefits of aging in spite of the outward struggles with wrinkles, weight, and white hair. Topics include the benefits of a good bra or the significance of not wearing one, the companionship among golfers, visits to plastic surgeons, and gratitude for working body parts, even if they are a bit saggy. VERDICT A complement to Ephron's book, this may appeal to the same readers as well as women generally who enjoy discussions of growing older happily. [Royalties will benefit Media Action Média.—Ed.]—Joyce Sparrow, Kenneth City, FL
Review: I Feel Great about My Hands: And Other Unexpected Joys of AgingUser Review - Goodreads
Essays exploring the bright side of aging, authored by women age 50 and up. I'm a long way from 50 but it was nice to get a sneak peek at the future (and even nicer that the future described is not all doom & gloom). If you're over 50, you'll probably get even more out of this book.
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