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

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

Format:  Hardcover,

271 pages

Publisher: Penguin Group USA

Publish Date: Nov 2011

ISBN-13: 9781594630842

ISBN-10: 1594630844

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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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Publisher: Penguin Group USA
Publish Date: Nov 2011
ISBN-13: 9781594630842
ISBN-10: 1594630844
Format: Hardcover
Number of Pages: 271
Shipping Weight (in pounds): 1.2
Product in Inches (L x W x H): 6.25 x 9.5 x 1.25

Chapter outline

Acknowledgmentsp. ix
A Note on Namesp. xiii
Who Are the Wisest Americans and What Can They Tell Us?p. 1
Great Together Lessons for a Happy Marriagep. 13
Glad to Get Up in the Morning Lessons for a Successful and Fulfilling Careerp. 51
Nobody's Perfect Lessons for a Lifetime of Parentingp. 85
Find the Magic Lessons for Aging Fearlessly and Wellp. 125
I Can Look Everyone in the Eye Lessons for Living a Life without Regretsp. 163
Choose Happiness Lessons for Living like an Expertp. 197
The Last Lessonp. 249
Ten Questions to Ask the Experts in Your Lifep. 257
Appendix: How the Study was Donep. 261
Notesp. 269

Reviews

Review by Library Journal (2011-11-15)

Who better to teach lessons on living, asks Pillemer (human ecology, Cornell Univ.; director, Cornell Inst. for Translational Research on Aging), than the thousands of Americans over the age of 65 who have successfully navigated the territories of marriage, career, money, and aging? By conducting innumerable interviews, Pillemer found that their advice upends contemporary wisdom: they suggest marrying a person like oneself, choosing a career for intrinsic rewards, and spending more time with one's children. The author skillfully weaves a prevailing theme (e.g., parenting, aging fearlessly) with self-disclosing statements from interviewees to create a compelling, inspirational book. One of the best of its kind.

(c) Copyright 2011. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Book description

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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