The Last Gift of Time by Carolyn G. Heilbrun
Life Beyond Sixty

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When she was young, distinguished author and critic Carolyn Heilbrun solemnly vowed to end her life when she turned seventy. But on the advent of that fateful birthday, she realized that her golden years had been full of unforeseen pleasures. Now, the astute and ever-insightful Heilbrun muses on the emotional and intellectual insights that brought her "to choose each day for now, to live." There are reflections on her new house and her sturdy, comfortable marriage; sweet solitude and the pleasures of sex at an advanced age; the fascination with e-mail and the joy of discovering unexpected friends. Even the encroachments of loss, pain, and sadness that come with age cannot spoil Heilbrun's moveable feast. They are merely the price of bountiful living.


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About Carolyn G. Heilbrun

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Carolyn G. Heilbrun (1926 2003) was a professor of English at Columbia University. A force in literary and feminist theory, she also wrote mysteries under the pen name Amanda Cross.
 
Published July 20, 2011 by Ballantine Books. 240 pages
Genres: Health, Fitness & Dieting, Literature & Fiction, Biographies & Memoirs, Political & Social Sciences, Parenting & Relationships. Non-fiction

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Unlike some of her peers--Doris Grumbach and May Sarton among them--she has not grown crankier as she has grown older, and she attributes that in part to a life with ``many advantages,'' including good health and the discovery of close women friends.

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