Thursday, February 24, 2011

Lastingness Book Review & Giveaway

LASTINGNESS
By Nicholas Delbanco

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About the Book:
America grows older yet stays focused on its young. Whatever hill we try to climb, we're "over" it by fifty and should that hill involve entertainment or athletics we're finished long before. But if younger is better, it doesn't appear that youngest is best: we want our teachers, doctors, generals, and presidents to have reached a certain age. In context after context and contest after contest, we're more than a little conflicted about elders of the tribe; when is it right to honor them, and when to say "step aside"?

In LASTINGNESS, Nicholas Delbanco, one of America's most celebrated men of letters, profiles great geniuses in the fields of visual art, literature, and music-Monet, Verdi, O'Keeffe, Yeats, among others - searching for the answers to why some artists' work diminishes with age, while others' reaches its peak. Both an intellectual inquiry into the essence of aging and creativity and a personal journey of discovery, this is a brilliant exploration of what determines what one needs to do to keep the habits of creation and achievement alive.


About the Author:
Nicholas Delbanco has published twenty-four books of fiction and non-fiction. His most recent novels are The Count of Concord and Spring and Fall; his most recent works of non-fiction are The Countess of Stanlein Restored and The Lost Suitcase: Reflections on the Literary Life. As editor he has compiled the work of, among others, John Gardner and Bernard Malamud. Director of the Hopwood Awards Program at the University of Michigan, he has served as Chair of the Fiction Panel for the National Book Awards, received a Guggenheim Fellowship and, twice, a National Endowment for the Arts Writing Fellowship.


My Thoughts:
I think this book is interesting, seeing that we all should go through the aging process. I remember when I was younger, thinking that a certain age was old, then as I approach that age, I don't feel that way anymore. This book isn't just about the aging process, but more about creating art in the older years. I liked the stories about the people studied in this book, although I'm not sure that everyone is going to feel the same.

The book sells for $24.99 and you can purchase it at the Hatchette Book Group.

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**Disclosure: I received this book free of charge from the Hatchette Book Group for the purpose of this review. This is my honest thoughts and opinion.**

21 comments:

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My sister and I just turned 65 and 66 and we wish we were in our 30's.

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I don't mind aging- as long as I feel good and look half-way decent, I'll be happy.

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I worried more about getting older when I was younger than I do now. It is part of life but I do think I could get a lot more done when I was younger.
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I don't mind aging when it comes to looks. I do worry about my health as I age.
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