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Late-life love : a memoir / Susan Gubar.

Gubar, Susan, 1944- author. (Author).
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  • 0 of 1 copy available at LARL/NWRL Consortium.
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Location Call Number / Copy Notes Barcode Shelving Location Status Due Date
Bagley Public Library 921 GUB (Text) 33500012814620 New Checked out 01/02/2019

Record details

  • ISBN: 9780393609578
  • ISBN: 039360957X
  • Physical Description: 337 pages ; 22 cm
  • Edition: First edition.
  • Publisher: New York : W. W. Norton & Company, [2019]

Content descriptions

Bibliography, etc. Note: Includes bibliographical references.
Formatted Contents Note: Thanksgiving -- A second chance -- Signs of decline -- Falling in love -- The trace -- Props -- Alterations -- Lovesickness -- What's love got to do with it? -- Late-life lechery -- Sunsets -- Cupidity -- Wrinkled in time -- Give and take -- Tequila mockingbird -- Wintering -- Silver threads among the gold -- Recounting the ways -- Enormous changes at the last minute -- Chrisnukkah -- Later.
Summary, etc.: "'Tender, unsparing, poignant. . . . [A] love story that braids together intimate self-revelation with a rich meditation on the literature of aging.'-- Stephen Greenblatt. On Susan Gubar's seventieth birthday, she receives a beautiful ring from her husband, a gift that startles her into an appreciation of their luck. As she contemplates their sustaining relationship, Susan considers how older lovers differ from their youthful counterparts--and from ageist stereotypes. When her husband encounters age-related disabilities, Susan procrastinates over moving from their burdensome house in the country to a more manageable town apartment by searching out literature on the longevity of desire by authors from Ovid and Shakespeare to Toni Morrison and Marilynne Robinson. During subsequent months of care-giving, her own ongoing cancer treatments, and apartment-hunting, Susan studies the obstacles many older couples overcome and marvels at the passion that buoys her own relationship. A memoir proving that love and desire have no expiration date, Late-Life Love is a resounding retort to negative valuations of old age and a celebration of second chances"-- Provided by publisher.
Reviews

  • Booklist Reviews : Booklist Reviews 2018 October #1
    She was a divorcée, he a widower, yet these two lifelong friends and colleagues took a chance on committing to love in their senior years as husband and wife. "Antique lovers" is how Gubar (Memoir of a Debulked Woman, 2012) describes herself and her husband, Don, stressing both respect for the instituiton of marriage and the affection and passion many would find surprising, given their ages. How to put their relationship in context? It's easy to conjure a roadmap for the ardor of young love, but where are the touchstones for late-life love? As she and Don confront the vagaries of aging—health problems, reduced mobility, transitioning to a home that requires less upkeep—Gubar combs novels and poems, movies and plays to gain insight into the type of loving reflective of the bond she and Don enjoy. Author of the popular and insightful monthly New York Times column, "Living with Cancer," and a respected feminist scholar, Gubar confronts life's most personal circumstances and her innermost fears and triumphs with wit, joy, sensitivity, and abundant honesty. Copyright 2018 Booklist Reviews.

Subject: Gubar, Susan, 1944-
Older women > United States > Biography.
Older couples > Biography.
Older people > Psychology.
Love in old age.
Spouses.
Women college teachers > United States > Biography.
Love in literature.
Love in literature.
Love in old age.
Older women.
Spouses.
Women college teachers.
United States.
BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY / Personal Memoirs.
LITERARY CRITICISM / Books & Reading.
PSYCHOLOGY / Developmental / Adulthood & Aging.
SELF-HELP / Aging.
Genre: Biography.
Nonfiction.
Autobiographies.

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