This book is for the boomer generation as they either contemplate retirement or want to find out what type of hole they just fell into after they took that gold watch and said good riddens to the company for good.
Designed to fill a gaping hole in the market, Retirement Reading: Bibliotherapy for the Over Sixties does not address the usual financial planning, travel and health issues instead it looks to the wisdom of other books to help over 60s to discover the real meaning of life’s second stage. “What these other retirement books miss” according to co author Laurence Peters is to “understand that life over sixty challenges you to the core–and forces you to come to terms with who you have been and what goals you have yet to achieve in remarkable and sometimes unsettling ways. While no one book has all the answers we believe that you will find more than a few pointers following our close reading of over fifty of the most powerful fiction and non fiction written over the past 2,000 years.”
The method we advocate–”Bibliotherapy” (a term with its roots back in Ancient Egypt when the motto over the world’s oldest library, was “House of Healing for the Soul.”) happens to be the fastest growing form of cognitive therapy is ideally designed to help over 60s adjust to their new status.
The book is divided into seven chapters, Attitudes to Aging, Ancient and Modern, Physical Decline and Disease, Memories, Memoirs, Looking Back and Questions of Meaning.
A total of 53 books are discussed under these headings, a mix of autobiography (Springsteen’s Born to Run is included), fiction, many Updike and Roth novels are discussed as well as a range of nonfiction such as the recent Sarah Bakewell’s In the Existentialist Cafe and Michael Kinsley’s Old Age: A Beginners Guide. Mixed in are ancient authors such as Marcus Aurelius still very contemporary Meditations and Cicero’s On Old Age.
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