sixty a diary of my sixty first year the beginning of the end or the end of the beginning

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Author : Ian Brown
ISBN : 9781615193516
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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This is the thing, you see: I am on my way to being an old man. But at sixty, I am still the youngest of old men. As Ian Brown’s sixtieth birthday loomed, every moment seemed to present a choice: Confront, or deny, the biological fact that the end was now closer than the beginning. True, he was beginning to notice memory lapses, creaking knees, and a certain social invisibility—and yet, it troubled him that many people think of sixty as “old,” because he rarely felt older than at forty. An award-winning writer, Brown instead chose to notice every moment, try to understand it, capture it . . . all without panicking. Sixty is the result: Brown’s uncensored account of his sixty-first year, and, informed by his reportorial gifts, his investigation of the many changes—physical, mental, and emotional—that come to all of us as we age. Brown is a master of the seriocomic, and his day-to-day dramas—as a husband, father, brother, son, friend, and neighbor—are rendered, inseparably, with wistfulness and laugh-out-loud wit. He is also a discerning, prolific reader, and it is a pure pleasure being privy to his thoughts on the dozens of writers—including Virginia Woolf, Philip Larkin, A. J. Liebling, Wisława Szymborska, Clive James, Sharon Olds, and Karl Ove Knausgaard—who speak to him most, at sixty. From an author on whom the telling detail is never lost, Sixty is a richly informative, candid report from the line between middle-aged and soon-to-be-elderly. It perfectly captures the obsessions of a generation realizing that they are no longer young.


Author : Ian Brown
ISBN : 9780307362865
Genre : Sports & Recreation
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Shortlisted for the Hilary Weston Writers' Trust Prize for Non-Fiction as well as a finalist for the RBC Taylor Prize, Sixty is a wickedly honest and brutally funny account of the year in which Ian Brown truly realized that the man in the mirror was...sixty. By the author of the multiple award-winning The Boy in the Moon. Sixty is a report from the front, a dispatch from the Maginot Line that divides the middle-aged from the soon to be elderly. As Ian writes, "It is the age when the body begins to dominate the mind, or vice versa, when time begins to disappear and loom, but never in a good way, when you have no choice but to admit that people have stopped looking your way, and that in fact they stopped twenty years ago." Ian began keeping a diary with a Facebook post on the morning of February 4, 2014, his sixtieth birthday. As well as keeping a running tally on how he survived the year, Ian explored what being sixty means physically, psychologically and intellectually. "What pleasures are gone forever? Which ones, if any, are left? What did Beethoven, or Schubert, or Jagger, or Henry Moore, or Lucien Freud do after they turned sixty?" And most importantly, "How much life can you live in the fourth quarter, not knowing when the game might end?" With formidable candour, he tries to answer this question: "Does aging and elderliness deserve to be dreaded--and how much of that dread can be held at bay by a reasonable human being?" For that matter, for a man of sixty, what even constitutes reasonableness? From the Hardcover edition.

Walter Benjamin At The Dairy Queen

Author : Larry McMurtry
ISBN : 143912759X
Genre : Biography & Autobiography
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In a lucid, brilliant work of nonfiction -- as close to an autobiography as his readers are likely to get -- Larry McMurtry has written a family portrait that also serves as a larger portrait of Texas itself, as it was and as it has become. Using as a springboard an essay by the German literary critic Walter Benjamin that he first read in Archer City's Dairy Queen, McMurtry examines the small-town way of life that big oil and big ranching have nearly destroyed. He praises the virtues of everything from a lime Dr. Pepper to the lost art of oral storytelling, and describes the brutal effect of the sheer vastness and emptiness of the Texas landscape on Texans, the decline of the cowboy, and the reality and the myth of the frontier. McMurtry writes frankly and with deep feeling about his own experiences as a writer, a parent, and a heart patient, and he deftly lays bare the raw material that helped shape his life's work: the creation of a vast, ambitious, fictional panorama of Texas in the past and the present. Throughout, McMurtry leaves his readers with constant reminders of his all-encompassing, boundless love of literature and books.

Life Reimagined

Author : Barbara Hagerty
ISBN : 0399573321
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One Part Woman

Author : Perumal Murugan
ISBN : 0670086517
Genre : Ardhanarisvara (Hindu deity)
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All of Kali and Ponna's efforts to conceive a child - from prayers to penance, potions to pilgrimages - have been in vain. Despite being in a loving and sexually satisfying relationship, they are relentlessly hounded by the taunts and insinuations of the people around them. In the end, all their hopes and apprehensions come to converge on the chariot festival in the temple of the half-female god Ardhanareeswara and the revelry surrounding it. Everything hinges on the one night when rules are relaxed and consensual union between any man and woman is sanctioned. This night could end the couple's suffering and humiliation. But it will also put their marriage to the ultimate test. Acutely observed, One Part Woman lays bare with unsparing clarity a relationship caught between the dictates of social convention and the tug of personal anxieties. Widely acclaimed in the original Tamil, this novel vividly conjures on intimate and unsettling portrait of marriage, love and sex. Praise for Perumal Murgan 'The Tamil Irvine Welsh.' Guardian 'Murugan's insights about relationships spread throughout his work like flashes of lightning.' Kalachuvadu 'Powerful . . . lyrical.' The Hindu Translated by Aniruddhan Vasudevan

The Book Of Enoch

Author : R. H. Charles
ISBN : 0787301647
Genre : Religion
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1912 Translated from the editor's ethiopic text and edited with the introduction, notes and indexes of the first edition wholly recast, enlarged and rewritten. Together with a reprint from the editor's text of the Greek Fragments by R. H. Charles, D. Li.

No I Don T Want To Join A Book Club

Author : Virginia Ironside
ISBN : 1585479527
Genre : Fiction
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Stand aside, Bridget Jones. Here comes sassy curmudgeon Mary Sharp. Don't pester Mary about taking parasailing lessons, Italian-language courses or joining a gym. She may be a little creaky in the bones as she heads for the Big 6-0, but she's fine with it. Mary has already led an exciting life - she came of age in the 60s, after all. Now, with a new grandchild and a new man on the horizon, all she wants is to enjoy this new phase of her life. A wonderfully astute novel based on the author's own experiences, No! I Don't Want to Join a Book Club is a funny, and often poignant, diary of an older woman a little past her prime, but happy enough to leave it behind her and see what the future has in store. So don't tell Mary Sharp to take a gourmet cooking class - and whatever you do, don't tell her to join a book club.

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