30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

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Hudson Street Press, 2011 - Self-Help - 271 pages
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More than one thousand extraordinary Americans share their stories and the wisdom they have gained on living, loving, and finding happiness.

After a chance encounter with an extraordinary ninety-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer began to wonder what older people know about life that the rest of us don't.

His quest led him to interview more than one thousand Americans over the age of sixty-five to seek their counsel on all the big issues- children, marriage, money, career, aging. Their moving stories and uncompromisingly honest answers often surprised him. And he found that he consistently heard advice that pointed to these thirty lessons for living. Here he weaves their personal recollections of difficulties overcome and lives well lived into a timeless book filled with the hard-won advice these older Americans wish someone had given them when they were young.

Like This I Believe, StoryCorps's Listening Is an Act of Love, and Tuesdays with Morrie, 30 Lessons for Living is a book to keep and to give. Offering clear advice toward a more fulfilling life, it is as useful as it is inspiring.

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Review: 30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans

User Review  - Jen Burstedt - Goodreads

Karl Pillemer, a PhD out of Cornell, took five years to put together this book using the wisdom of 1200 seniors in America. He breaks it up into 6 chapters of general themes including parenting ... Read full review

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I liked this book! It was organized nicely, and I enjoyed the lessons from the elders. Some highlights were to marry someone who has similar values to you, live in the moment and appreciate everyday ... Read full review

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About the author (2011)

Karl Pillemer, PhD, is the founder and director of the Cornell Institute for Translational Research on Aging, a center that works to increase public awareness of aging research. Dr. Pillemer has authored more than one hundred scientific publications, and has spoken widely throughout the world on issues of successful aging, family relationships, and elder care.

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