Getting Older & Still Very Active

As we get older, it is good to know that book characters--real and otherwise--are sometimes as old, or older, than we are!

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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Biggie and the Poisoned Politician

By Nancy Bell

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Mrs. Fiona "Biggie" Wooten Weatherford is well known for landing five-pound catfish, mowing down mailboxes when she drives, and owning half the county. Now she's mobilizing the local ladies against City Hall's new garbage dump, right next to the graveyard of their forefathers -- especially James Royce Wooten, founder of the town and namesake of Biggie's eleven-year-old grandson, J.R. But when the mayor himself drops facedown in his angel food cake, Biggie smells something worse than a garbage dump.
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Mrs. Pollifax, Innocent Tourist

By Dorothy Gilman

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"[Matronly martial artist and spy Mrs. Pollifax] ... is on loan to her retired CIA friend Farrell. Her bag lady act is the first phase of a mission to the Middle East: to smuggle out of Jordan the final manuscript of the dissident Iraqi novelist, Dib Assen, recently murdered in an Iraqi prison. Allegedly fiction, the script encodes the shocking truth of Saddam Hussein's reign.

"Allah willing, Farrell is to rendezvous near Amman with a man called Ibrahim, who will deliver the manuscript. All Mrs. P. has to do is look as much like a tourist as possible to deflect suspicion from her "cousin," Farrell.

"But hardly are the two airborne when the coils of Middle Eastern intrigue begin to unwind. Mrs. Pollifax's seatmate is not the affable Arab businessman he seems and the little carved plaque he secretly stashes in her carry-on bag is not a mere souvenir. It is not imagination that persuades Mrs. P. that wherever they go she and Farrell are followed, even to the old castle where Farrell is to meet the mysteriously elusive Ibrahim."

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Resort to Murder

By Carolyn Hart

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Henrietta O'Dwyer Collins no longer chases hot stories around the globe, but murder mysteries still seem to find her. This time, Henrie O accompanies her grandchildren to Bermuda for the remarriage of their father to a wealthy widow. There she sees a ghost at the top of a tower from which a man had fallen to his death the year before. But who needs a ghost when you've got two fresh dead bodies, thanks to a killer stalking the luxurious resort?

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Murder under the Palms

By Stefanie Matteson

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"An extended vacation to Florida turns onto a trip down memory lane when Charlotte visits a slew of old friends from her early years in Hollywood. The occasion: a glamorous charity ball inspired by the opulent French passenger ship, Normandie. The ship holds a special place in Charlotte's heart. Not long before it was destroyed by fire, she had enjoyed a tender shipboard romance on the famed luxury liner.

"At the party, Charlotte helps model a new line of high-priced art deco jewels inspired by the style of the Normandie's heyday. But the highlight of her evening is being reunited with famed bandleader and balladeer Eddie Norwood - the man she fell in love with during her 1939 voyage. Charlotte doesn't think anything can ruin the evening - until the world-renowned designer of the Normandiana jewelry collection is found stabbed to death at the party. Charlotte knows that almost any guest could be the murderer. And she is determined to navigate her way through the sea of potential suspects - before the killer claims another victim..."

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Memento Mori

By Muriel Spark

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When members of a group of London seniors start getting anonymous phone calls saying, "Remember you must die," they find that things they have done in the past have come back to haunt them.
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Walter Benjamin at the Dairy Queen: Reflections at 60 and Beyond

By Larry McMurtry

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The Pulitzer Prize-winning author presents a memoir of his odyssey from rancher's son to critically acclaimed novelist, in a reminiscence set against the backdrop of the Lone Star State.

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The Measure of My Days

By Florida Scott-Maxwell

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"Playwright and Jungian analyst Florida Scott-Maxwell explores the unique predicament of one's later years: when one feels both cut off from the past and out of step with the present; when the body rebels at activity but the mind becomes more passionate than ever. Written when Maxwell was in her eighties, The Measure of My Days offers a panoramic vision of the issues that haunt us throughout our lives: the struggle to achieve goodness; how to maintain individuality in a mass society; and how to emerge -- out of suffering, loss, and limitation -- with something approaching wisdom."

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Old Friends

By Tracy Kidder

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A study of old age in America focuses on two nursing-home residents whose friendship allows them to understand their past, cope with their present circumstances, and confront their futures with hope.
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Living Happily Ever After: Couples Talk About Lasting Love

By Laurie Wagner

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"How do couples stay together for decades? Living Happily Ever After explores this crucial question through the lives of thirty American couples who have been together for at least thirty years. In personal, intimate interviews and charming vintage and contemporary photographs, these pairs reveal their private experiences of marriage and couplehood. From Gil and Becky Johnson, both blind, who have raised three children together, to Helma and Benno Schneider, who came together in a concentration camp and survived to marry and raise a family, to Del Martin and Phyllis Lyon, women who met in the 1950s and have stayed together for over forty years, these couples have lived extraordinary lives."

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