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 consultant for seekers of every age, writer Henry Alford seeks quick enlightenment via conversations with those that have lived lengthy and lived well.

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

Part kinfolk memoir, half Studs Terkel, How To Live considers a few strange sources--deathbed confessions, late-in-life journals--to convey a hugely confident examine our demise days. by means of displaying that lifestyles after 70 is the success of, no longer the top to, life's questions and trials, tips to dwell provides that almost all unforeseen punch: it makes you certainly *want* to get older.

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