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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User Review  - creynolds - LibraryThing

The writing is somewhat hokey (I got tired of the author calling the elderly people that he interviewed "experts") but there really is some good, sound advice in this book. I especially found the ... Read full review

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User Review  - thediva58 - Overstock.com

I really wish this book was around when I was in my twenties. I am in my early 50s and will definitely take heed to the advice given. Well written and prepared and great great insight and advice. You ... 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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