Writer Charlotte Painter and artist/photographer Pamela Valois have combined their impressive talents to present these intimate glimpses into the lives of thirty-two remarkable women, each of whom has discovered in maturity the opportunity of exploring new and exciting challenges. These are the Gifts of Age: the time, the freedom, and hopefully the wisdom to develop creative new images of oneself and one's place in the complexities of a long life. All of the women in this book are more than sixty-five years of age, and included are such well-known personalities as Julia Child, M.F.K. Fisher, Joan Baez Senior, and Louise M. Davies. No two have followed the same path, but each has been successful in achieving some new, frequently unanticipated distinction in her latter years. Gifts of Age is a fascinating insight into just how productive one's extended life can be, and inspiration for anyone who believes that the creative talent for living need not diminish with the passage of years.
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Pamela Valois lives in Berkeley, California with her husband and two sons. Her photographs have been shown in West Coast galleries and have appeared nationally in books, magazines, and calendars.
Charlotte Painter has treated all aspects of women's lives, in both her fiction and personal narratives. Her most recent novel is Seeing things, and she was coeditor of Revelations: diaries of women.
This is a beautiful (and successful) effort by photographer Valois and writer Painter to praise, through portrait and vignette, the lives of a group of older women, some well known, some not. Eloquently presented is the concept that "old" age for these women has not by any means brought an abandonment of vitality, commitment, and sense of purpose. Indeed, for many, an intensification and expansion of these attributes has occurred. Although these are particular women, they are clearly representative of the strength of the human will to "survive," with integrity, for the duration of one's life span. Visually attractive in format and content, stimulating of thought, this book should be savored. Highly recommended to a broad audience. Suzanne W. Wood, SUNY Agricultural & Technical Coll. Lib., Alfred
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Book Description Chronicle Books, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Mint. Bookseller Inventory # 110416013
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Book Description Chronicle Books, San Francisco, 1985. Soft cover. Book Condition: New. Valois, Pamela (photographer) (illustrator). 1st Edition. First. (Presumed as no edition stated and no number line.) Appears never read. Could be gifted. No spots, markings, writings, inside or outside. Not a remainder. Bookseller Inventory # 001943
Book Description Chronicle Books, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. book. Bookseller Inventory # M0877013683
Book Description Chronicle Books, 1985. Paperback. Book Condition: New. Never used!. Bookseller Inventory # P110877013683