Wednesday, March 2, 2016

Book of the Day: Henry Alford's Get-Old-DIY-Book

Alford, Henry, How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still On This Earth), (Twelve/Hachette Books, 1st ed, 1st printing, 2009). ISBN 978-0-446-19603-1. At 45, New Yorker writer Henry Alford got to wondering about what old age will be like, and set out to ask a variety of old people. This book is the result: “I in no way mean to suggest...that I myself am proposing a way for others to live.. Rather, I am the listener here; it is my interviewees who I hope will be making all the recommendations. Mark Twain once said, ‘Wisdom is the reward you get for a lifetime of listening when you would rather have talked.’ And, oh, how some oldsters can talk.” Witty, engaging, sometimes wistful, this book gets the skinny from the famous (Edward Albee, Phyllis Diller), and the not (his step-father and mother, whose interview answers inadvertently start the unraveling of their 36-year relationship). How to Live was published in a small hardcover run before going to paperback. This is a classic-in-the-making. Octavo, 262 pp. Hardcover, unclipped dust jacket fine condition.

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