I loved the writing in this book. So many incidents of doubt and then reflecting on how that can be turned into humor with time. Since most things do turn out better with time, Ms. Clark surely makes the point from the beginning to the end of her stories.
Funny and totally relatable to many of the things going on in a retirees life. While I am not there yet, it reminds me to fill my life with things to do and places to visit before I do retire. And to continue that long after I do end my days as an employee. Thanks for the reminders.
Sixty-Something and Flying Solo: A Retiree Sorts it Out in Iowa ペーパーバック – 2015/4/11
"Sixty-Something and Flying Solo" is a humorous, edgy memoir filled with serious ponderings. An Oregon transplant with no kids, no significant other, the author is someone about whom readers could say "I wouldn't want to be in her shoes, but if she can make it, I can too." Pieces such as "What Not to Say at a Funeral" and "Dusting and Other Insanities" provide a backdrop for monthly accounts of her fall into retirement's abyss where she clings to her to-do lists while she alters her diet, her wardrobe, her routine and her vow to become more domestic. When she resurfaces a year later, she's surprised at the landscape and what has saved her.
Marian Mathews Clark grew up among lumberjacks in Mist, Oregon, then hopped the train to Iowa to attend her mother's alma mater, Graceland College. In the ensuing years she's ironed costumes for Polynesian dancers at the Calgary Stampede, capped perfume bottles in Coty's factory in New York, attended The Iowa Writers' Workshop, been stranded on Loveland Pass during a blizzard, refused to sunbathe topless in Tahiti, tried to shear a sheep in Australia and listened to hundreds of college kids' dilemmas during her twenty-four-year stint as an Academic Advisor at The University of Iowa. She's buried her parents, her marriage, and several unwieldy relationships but remains open to love that continues to pop up in the strangest of places. In 1987 she won the Iowa Art Council's first place Fiction Award for her story, "Houseboats and Peacock Feathers." Other stories have appeared in "The Sun" and "Story" magazines, and her essays have been anthologized in "Daring to Repair" and "Dutiful Daughters."
- 出版社 : Culicidae Press, LLC (2015/4/11)
- 発売日 : 2015/4/11
- 言語 : 英語
- ペーパーバック : 164ページ
- ISBN-10 : 194189206X
- ISBN-13 : 978-1941892060
- 寸法 : 15.24 x 1.04 x 22.86 cm
Age eventually brings us to the same end2014年3月31日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
I loved the down to earth way Marian wrote of getting older in Iowa which speaks especially to those of us without a spouse or children close by and who have only ourselves (and hopefully a friend) to depend on. There were good belly laughs and memories of childhood but always returning to the subject of all of us facing basically the same dilemmas. I think she sums it up when she says "Power comes from having something to offer...we run out of anything anybody wants..and the awful thing is 'they' don't get what we're going through...'they don't get it', because 'we' didn't get it." Marian humorously, honestly lets us know the over 60 crowd is in good company.
A wonderful book2013年9月19日にアメリカ合衆国でレビュー済み
Marian writes a very beautiful book. She weaves her stories of family, love, life, uncertainties, courage and renewal into a book which inspires me and encourages me forward. It is wise and wonderfully humorous.