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. 250,000 first printing. Tour.
 

About Tracy Kidder

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Tracy Kidder, whose most recent book is Home Town, is also the author of Among Schoolchildren and Old Friends. He has won both the Pulitzer Prize and the National Book Award. He lives in Massachusetts and Maine.
 
Published September 20, 1993 by Houghton Mifflin. 352 pages
Genres: Political & Social Sciences, Education & Reference, Literature & Fiction, Business & Economics, Biographies & Memoirs. Non-fiction

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As he points out, American culture's current ``celebration...of `successful aging,' often depicted in photographs of old folks wearing tennis clothes, leaves out a lot of people...more than a million of them in nursing homes now.'' Missing here, though, are the viewpoints of the Linda Manor staff...

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Kidder, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Soul of a New Machine , spent a year observing the residents of Linda Manor, a 121-bed nursing home in Northampton, Mass. He offers respectful, moving

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Kidder, author of the Pulitzer Prize-winning The Soul of a New Machine , spent a year observing the residents of Linda Manor, a 121-bed nursing home in Northampton, Mass.

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Entertainment Weekly

It's rich in painful images: ''A woman in a wheelchair across the lobby began weeping, waving at her departing husband's car.'' But within such despondency, this Pulitzer Prize-winning writer finds unexpected inspiration, like a wife's comforting words as her husband faces death: ''It'll just com...

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The Independent

Next time, before you hang up, why don't you tell her you love her?' 'From the direction of Joe's bed, through the gauze of his cataract Lou saw the outline of Joe shift.

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The old friends in the title are Lou Freed, 90, and Joe Torchio, 72, residents at Linda Manor nursing home near Northampton, Mass.

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