Aging -- fiction

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

Calling Invisible Women by Jeanne Ray

No one can see women of a certain age. We--I am of a certain age--are nothing but the ghosts of our former selves. We have a contentious relationship with mirrors just like Snow White’s stepmother. We fight aging with Botox, HRT, calcium, and even anti-depressants. Clover Hobart in Calling Invisible Women has contemplated figurative invisibility, but one fall day she becomes literally invisible.

After thinking she has had a breakdown or a stroke, Clover becomes proactive and explores the possibilities of invisibility. This novel has laugh-out-loud moments, is well-plotted, has great characters, and has thoughtful ideas about women and aging.

Miss Rumphius

By Barbara Cooney

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Though Maine is not specifically mentioned, you *know* it's there. Miss Rumphius travels the world, but her last task is to make the world more beautiful. She does, and we learn how. This is a "children's" book, but one which adults will love, too. Why should kids get all the pretty illustrations and graceful sentiments?

Also available with a read-along CD narrated by Claire Danes.

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Where River Turns to Sky

By Gregg Kleiner

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Eighty-year-old George Castor promised he would never let his best friend Ralph die alone at the Silver Gardens Nursing Home--but Ralph passed on while George was away fishing. Distraught, guilt-stricken and seeking redemption, George buys a broken-down mansion in Looking glass, Oregon, paints it fire-engine red, and begins searching for other old folks to share it with him. Because George has made a new promise that will alter the course of the rest of his life. And, with the help of a miraculous old woman named Grace, he assembles a ragtag bunch of aging strangers, determined to make their last days on earth--and his own--an adventure.
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The Old Man and the Sea

By Ernest Hemingway

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The classic story of a luckless old Cuban fisherman who finally lands a huge marlin, only to lose it in a titanic struggle with the sea.

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