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Recommended Reading About "Aging Better"

These nonfiction books are discussions about the challenges and opportunities of aging. The fiction books are those with a major protagonist who is an older adult.
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Nonfiction Books

  • Ageless Soul: Life Long Journey Toward Meaning and Joy by Thomas Moore
  • A Long Bright Future: Happiness, Health & Financial Security in an Age of Increased Longevity by Laura Carstensen
  • Agewise: Fighting the New Ageism in America by Margaret Margunroth Gullette
  • Better with Age: The Psychology of Successful Aging by Alan D. Castel
  • Mortal: Medicine & What Matters in the End by Alul Gawande
  • Purpose and a Paycheck: Finding Meaning, Money, and Happiness in the Second Half of Live by Chris Farrell
  • This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism by Ashton Applewhite
  • This is Getting Old: Zen Thoughts on Aging with Humor and Dignity by Marian King Herreid
  • Who Will Take Care Of Me When I'm Old?: Plan Now to Safeguard Your Health and Happiness in Old Age K by Joy Loverde
  • Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age by Mary Pipher

Fiction With A Focus On Older Adults

  • A Man Called Ove by Fredrik Backman
  • A Portrait of an Artist, as an Old Man by Joseph Heller.
  • A Spool of Blue Thread, Anne Tyler. Crossing to Safety by Wallace Stegner
  • Etta and Otto and Russell and James by Emma Hooper
  • Less by Andrew Sean Greer
  • Lila, Marilynne Robinson.
  • Lillian Boxfish Takes a Walk: A Novel by Kathleen Rooney
  • Look Homeward, Angel, Thomas Wolfe
  • Our Souls at Night: A novel by Kent Haruf
  • Paris in the Present Tense by Mark Helprin
  • Still Life with Bread Crumbs by Anna Quindlen
  • The Little Old Lady Who Broke All The Rules by Catherina Ingelman-Sunderberg
  • The Love Song of Miss Queenie Hennessy: A Novel by Rachel Joyce
  • The Night Guest: A Novel by Fiona McFarlane
  • The Old Man and the Sea, Ernest Hemingway
  • The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry: A Novel by Rachel Joyce
  • Those Foolish Things by Deborah Moggach
  • Tirra Lirra by the River by Jessica Anderson


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