Girls with the Grandmother Faces: A Celebration of Life's Potential for Those Over 55-Frances Weaver

  • Title: Girls with the Grandmother Faces: A Celebration of Life's Potential for Those Over 55
  • Author: Frances Weaver
  • Released: 1996-03-01
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  • Pages: 208
  • ISBN: 078686169X
  • ISBN13: 978-0786861699
  • ASIN: 078686169X

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From Publishers Weekly Weaver, a columnist and National Public Radio commentator, originally published this upbeat self-help manual for older women at her own expense. Widowed when she was in her mid-50s, with four grown children, Weaver quickly learned that to make the most out of her remaining years, she had to change her life dramatically. The advice she offers here is directed primarily to middle-class women who find themselves in a similar situation. Stating that "boredom is ninety-nine percent self-inflicted," she stresses the importance of making oneself, rather than family or married friends, the focus of future activities, and recommends education and travel as ways to develop new interests. Although Weaver deals only superficially with the emotional problems of widowhood, her practical comments and suggestions of groups to contact, including addresses, are useful. Illustrations. Author tour.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From This is an expanded version of a successful self-published book in which Weaver offers suggestions, encouragement, and hope to women over 55 who want to make changes in their lives. Expanding on her premise that uninterested women are uninteresting, she provides practical suggestions for avoiding the self-inflicted boredom that results from being "too tired or too lonely to get out of the house." Weaver draws on personal experiences, such as her decision to attend a junior college 200 miles from home, to encourage other over 55-ers. There is advice on living alone, remarriage, family, schooling, support groups, and travel during the years Weaver terms "the time of final options." She is a virtual cheerleader for the sandwich generation, who can keep their freedom and independence by engaging their imagination and curiosity. A very peppy, inspiring, upbeat read. Patricia Hassler pdf