Lives of Our Own: Secrets of Salty Old Women

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Women over fifty-five who live alone are the fastest-growing age-sex group in the country. Yet until now, most books addressed to them have dwelled on the negative stereotypes of being old and alone. Now along comes Caroline Bird, with good reason to believe that there is a world of older women who are living productive, independent lives. The women she found - whose stories make up the first half of this book - are an immensely varied group. Some are famous and privileged; others are poor and even disabled. What they have in common is a zest for living. And what they give the reader (of whatever age) is an eye-opening look at a future that is filled with possibilities. A woman in her mid-fifties, the author says, has a good quarter of a century of life to look forward to. This is the book that will show her what kinds of opportunities lie ahead and what she can do to make the most of them. The salty old women in Bird's book are the pioneers, the success stories. To get where they are,

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In Bird's call to arms, the proverbial "little old lady in tennnis shoes" will no longer be cartoon fodder, for ageism, insists the author, is as unacceptable as racism. Little Old Ladies (LOLs) are the fastest growing segment of the population: currently there are 31 million women age 55 and over, compared to 24 million men. In a polemic old women will find liberating, the jaunty 78-year-old Bird (Born Female) eschews euphemisms while presenting case histories intended to buttress her assertion that the natural place for the old is as functioning members of society. Working at salaried employment or as volunteers, starting their own businesses, returning to school or joining the Peace Corps, the elderly women met in these pages are not unusual, stresses Bird, but are among the legions who are creating new roles for themselves. Better educated, healthier, with more money and experiences than their mothers, today's old women have learned?and Bird also offers suggestions?how to adjust their lifestyles to compensate for physical decline. Like Betty Friedan's The Fountain of Age (1993), Bird's book is a consciousness-raiser.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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The most rapidly growing population in the United States is single females over the age of 55. With this fact comes the need to dispel the standard myths about women and aging. This book does just that. Rather than attempting to define old, the author focuses on what aging is not. She cites multitudinous examples of ways that women adapt to and celebrate newfound freedom when no longer encumbered with family and spouse, creating new roles for themselves. We are encouraged to look beyond stereotypes to discover and embrace potentials. Bird, who is best known for her groundbreaking Born Female (1968) about women in the workforce, again provides thoughtful and insightful material to consider as a call to action. An important book in a subject area where not much is available and more is needed. Recommended for public libraries.
Kathleen L. Atwood, Pomfret Sch. Lib., Conn.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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