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Getting Over Getting Older: An Intimate…

Getting Over Getting Older: An Intimate Journey

by Letty Cottin Pogrebin

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I didn't get anything much out of this book. Perhaps because it is 15 years old, perhaps because I am well past 50. But I didn't find anything in here I had not either heard somewhere else just as well presented, or figured out for myself.

It's a good enough book if you need something to make you feel better about inevitable aging, but I doubt you will learn anything new.
  MissJessie | Oct 16, 2013 |
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Not everyone--not even every feminist--holds to the belief that age brings wisdom, power, and its own beauty. Faced with turning 50, Letty Cottin Pogrebin, founder of Ms. and author of several books including Growing Up Free, says her reactions ranged "from astonishment to anger, from confusion to curiosity, from denial to disgust." Using herself as a compass and adding many other well- known voices, Pogrebin's irreverent book takes on friendship, sex, love, dieting, mothering adults, the physical and emotional depredations of aging, and mortality. Rather than stubbornly toeing the line on spurning plastic surgery, for example, she thoughtfully explores "the tension between artificiality and authenticity." In the end, she concludes, one can devote one's remaining years to lamenting and running after lost youth or put that time to far better uses. Despite a glib, overly playful tone that trivializes certain issues, Pogrebin's desire to share downplayed truths is a boon.

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