Shedding Years: Growing Older, Feeling Younger

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Thorndike Press, 2003 - Family & Relationships - 160 pages
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With the publication of It Must Have Been Moonglow: Reflections on the First Years of Widowhood, Phyllis Greene became a first-time author at the age of eighty-two, and her book became a runaway success. The responses of her readers have "helped me shed years," she writes, adding that she is younger now than she was two years ago.
In Shedding Years, Phyllis Greene explores the joys and challenges of the senior years with all the warmth, humor, poignancy, and hard-won insight that made It Must Have Been Moonglow a national favorite. Humbled and moved by the hundreds of letters and e-mails she has received from those who read her first book, confused by the advantages of the new communications technology, nostalgic over the snippets and mementos she keeps to prove that "the me that was is the me that is," Phyllis Greene offers a refreshing and uplifting look at the rewards of day-to-day life for the fastest-growing segment of our population.
"I feel liberated to be at a point in my life when I know I am beyond changing what has been," she writes, urging her readers to "persevere with joy." In this wonderful book, Phyllis Greene shares the miracle of how we can all shed years by immersing ourselves in the glorious world around us.
'When I was eighty, I wrote a book called It Must Have Been Moonglow: Reflections on the First Years of Widowhood, and began to shed years. I shed them in the writing; I shed them in the many responses I received; I shed them as I went on book tours and met my readers of like mind and like age. I got younger sitting at my computer. I got younger walking to the mailbox. I got younger waiting in airports! After six months, I was feeling downrightgiddy--if not exactly girlish.

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In this follow-up to her well-received memoir on widowhood (It Must Have Been Moonglow), octogenarian Greene explains how she's"gotten younger" since the publication of her first book. She"shed years ... Read full review


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She is a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Wellesley College. She is the mother of Bob Greene, the syndicated columnist and author: D. G. Fulford, an author and journalist; and Tim Greene, a real estate executive. She lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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