It's hard for me to keep up with the housekeeping around this blog, but four-and-a-half years is a bit much even for my lazy ass. Imagine if I hadn't dusted the house in that long?
But that's what it's been since I last updated the Best Books on Aging section over there at the top of TGB Features on the right sidebar.
Actually, it's worse that that. Today's is the first update ever as I haven't touched the page since it was first posted in August of 2008. Oh well. Better now than never.
The prompt to do this arrived as a result over the past weeks of a succession of “comments” from several writers on the book page linking to their books as if Time Goes By is an advertising and marketing website free to one and all.
It is not. They have been removed along with all other comments that have accumulated since the section was launched and I have now permanently shut down comments on that page.
By their generally accepted nature, best-of lists are selective. (What good are they if they're not?) And by my personal nature, I'm an extremely tough critic so this list – chosen from several hundred books about aging I've read in the past 20 years – totals just 17, including the newly added ones.
As noted, readers will no longer be able to add books in the comments. Everyone is always welcome to suggest additional books via email (click “contact” in the upper left corner of all pages) but since it has been so long since the last update, I wouldn't hold my breath if I were you. And, of course, I reserve the right to reject suggestions that don't meet my standards for best.
So, you can click on the title of the section in the right sidebar or click here to see the update with some notes from me and quotations. Here is a list of the newly added books:
The Art of Aging, A Doctor's Prescription for Well-Being by Sherwin B. Nuland
The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life by Gene D. Cohen, M.D.
The Long History of Old Age edited by Pat Thane
My Twice-Lived Life by Donald M. Murray
Old Age by Simone de Beauvoir
Old Age: Journey into Simplicity by Helen M Luke
Somewhere Toward the End, A Memoir by Diana Athill
Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing, and Dying by Ram Dass
Travels with Epicurus, A Journey to a Greek Island in Search of a Fulfilled Life by Daniel Klein
At The Elder Storytelling Place today, Dolores Banerd: Shock and Awe