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January 19, 2016

Topical searches of my past blogs are always possible using my “Categories” and “Searching” functions.  Currently I am reworking my “Reading Suggestions” tab to add some short bibliographies about topics that particularly interest me.  When I create new lists, like this one, I will also post them there so that they can be found easily.   My particular favorites are starred.  Titles are linked to my reviews.



*The Measure of My Days, by Florida Scott-Maxwell. A woman in her 80s reflects honestly and hopefully on her inner and outer worlds and on what it means to age.

*Dancing Fish and Ammonites: A Memoir, by Penelope Lively. Thoughts about aging, memory, and dealing with the past by an eighty-year-old author.

*Through the Dark Forest, by Carolyn Conger. Suggestions for women and men approaching death to consider their own past and make peace with it. The only book of this type I have found valuable.

*Tears in the Grass, by Lynda A. Archer. A compelling story about a 90-year old Cree woman living on the plains of Canada who enlists her daughter and granddaughter to help her find the child who was taken from her at birth after she was raped attending a reservation school.

*The Japanese Lover, by Isabel Allende. A novel by an accomplished author about an elderly woman in an idealized retirement community and those around her. May be shocking to some readers.

*All Passion Spent, by Vita Sackville-West. A description of an aristocratic English woman in her 80s who steps out of established role when her husband dies. Set in the early 20th century and written by a young woman.

Poppy’s Progress and Poppy’s Return, by Pat Rossier. Two novels about a New Zealand lesbian about 50 caring for her dying father and making decisions about how she will age.

Greenbanks, by Dorothy Whipple. A gentle, domestic story of a woman in her 50s and 60s watching and helping her adult children.

Boundaries, by Elizabeth Nunez. A semi-autobiographical novel by a Caribbean American author about her relationship with her aging parents.

Moon Tiger, by Penelope Lively. A poignant novel about an elderly woman reviewing her life and her lover in Cairo during World War II.

3 Comments leave one →
  1. January 19, 2016 2:49 pm

    Great idea!

  2. February 1, 2016 2:32 pm

    This list interests me.
    Come on over to my blog – Bookword – where every two months I have reviewed a book with an older woman character. It’s being going for more than 2 years and in a couple of weeks the 20th one will go up. Moon Tiger and All Passion Spent are both incuded. I keep a list of books with older women, 60/65+, and contributions and suggestios have come from readers as well as my own investigations.
    I’ll plunder your list for ideas as well.
    Blogging was made for this!


    • February 1, 2016 5:58 pm

      I have been to your blog and my list is partially a response. I, in fact, found several of these books from you. I thought I was still receiving your reviews, but I don’t think I have gotten anything lately. Maybe I had better sign up again.

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