How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth)

How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth)

Henry Alford


In this witty advisor for seekers of every age, writer Henry Alford seeks speedy enlightenment via conversations with those that have lived lengthy and lived well.

Armed with contemporary scientific facts that helps the cliche that older everyone is, certainly, wiser, Alford units off to interview humans over 70--some well-known (Phyllis Diller, Harold Bloom, Edward Albee), a few entire (the world's most-quoted writer, a girl who walked around the nation at age 89 in aid of crusade finance reform), a few strange (a pastor who thinks sleeping is a kind of prayer, a retired aerospace engineer who eats meals out of the garbage.) Early on within the method, Alford interviews his seventy nine year-old mom and step-father, and inadvertently alterations the process their 36 year-long union.

Part family members memoir, half Studs Terkel, How To Live considers a few strange sources--deathbed confessions, late-in-life journals--to carry a hugely positive examine our demise days. by means of displaying that existence after 70 is the success of, no longer the top to, life's questions and trials, find out how to stay promises that the majority unforeseen punch: it makes you certainly *want* to get older.

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