On Turning Sixty-Five: Notes from the Field

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9780375500565: On Turning Sixty-Five: Notes from the Field

"Personally, I've got a lot invested in reaching my stunning current age, and I'm damned if I'm going to hang on to that youthful crap. (I liked the idea of being a sixty-year-old so much I started claiming that age before I turned fifty-nine.) Parts of it, I don't like--the loss of energy that seems its inevitable accompaniment, for example--but when I consider how I used to boil that energy away as a younger man, and the things I boiled it away on, I am happy to accept a shorter tether and a more reflective way of going at things."
John Jerome, author of such beloved books as Truck and Stone Work, entered his sixty-fifth year with a number of goals in mind: to battle the debilities of age, to master them through understanding when he could not physically defeat them, and to keep a journal of these efforts. As he puts it, "It was time to start planning an endgame."

The result is a warm, compassionate, and honest look at the twelve months that led him to the gateway of old age--a survey of this time of life which ranges from strict physiology to expansive philosophy, from delicate neurosurgery to rough weather on a Canadian canoeing trip, from the despair and isolation of illness to the love and comfort of a sound marriage. The writing, in its clarity, grace, and humor, matches its author's spirit. "The quality of our lives depends on the quality of our time," Jerome reminds us. Reading this wise and funny chronicle of one man's--and everyman's--journey toward citizenship, senior division, will be time well spent, for young and old alike. It is that rare kind of book which comes to life as a companion, and even a friend.

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Praise for Blue Rooms

"[A] lyrical approach to the physical world. . . . Stunning."
---William H. MacLeish

Praise for Stone Work

"Jerome keeps making us see the world from new and
refreshing angles." ---The New York Times

"A small wonder. . . . His wry, candid, and self-effacing wit makes him impossible to resist." ---The Philadelphia Inquirer
Praise for Staying With It

"An exciting, warm, amusing story of victory over internal
limitations. . . . A consistently informative, invigorating
performance."

---Los Angeles Times Book Review

Praise for Truck

"I loved John Jerome's Truck. . . . The book is not so much about automotive mechanics as it is about mind and matter . . . about
obsession and compulsion, joy and doubt, rage and forgiveness."
---Christopher Lehmann-Haupt, The New York Times

About the Author:

John Jerome sometimes claims to be retired but can't prove it. He has in the past raced in cars, on skis, and in swimming pools but now lives as slowly as possible in far-western New England and writes books. He is a former magazine editor, advertising copywriter, and columnist for Esquire and Outside magazines. His previous books include Truck, The Sweet Spot in Time, Stone Work, and Blue Rooms.

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