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The lioness in winter : writing an old woman's life

The lioness in winter : writing an old woman's life

Author: Ann Burack-Weiss
Publisher: New York Columbia University Press, 2017. ©2015.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : Paperback editionView all editions and formats
Ann Burack-Weiss, a gerontologist with more than forty years of experience, analyzes and engages with the writings of a dozen well-known authors for insights into old age. Featured are Maya Angelou, Colette, Simone de Beauvoir, Joan Didion, M.F.K Fisher, Doris Grumbach, Carolyn Heilburn, Doris Lessing, Florida Scott-Maxwell, May Sarton, Anne Roiphe, and Alexis Kate Shulman, among others, all of whom wrote about  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Ann Burack-Weiss
ISBN: 9780231151856 0231151853 9780231151849 0231151845
OCLC Number: 993444697
Notes: First published: 2015.
Description: xx, 185 pages ; 22 cm.
Contents: 1. Who Is That Old Woman? --
2. What She Thinks About Sometimes, Some Days, About Some Things --
3. I Had Looked At Myself In The Full-Length Mirror --
4. How We Are With Each Other --
5. But Who Were They? --
6. There Is A Grace In Death, There Is Life --
7. My Map Of A Place --
8. Interested In Big Things And Happy In Small Ways --
9. Just Show Up --
10. Fierce With Reality.
Other Titles: Writing an old woman's life.
Responsibility: Ann Burack-Weiss.


A gerontological social worker--now in her seventies--draws on the late-life writing of noted women authors for emotional and practical guidance as she navigates aging.  Read more...


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The Lioness in Winter speaks to pain, illness, reflection, and even suicide. Given the author's experience as a researcher-once a middle-aged scholar who believed in the texts that we use to train Read more...

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