5 Best Books … About Growing Older
April 1, 2011 18 Comments
Cassandra of Indie Reader Houston is running the meme: “5 Best Books”. Every week, a different topic is suggested by Cassandra and participants list what they think are the 5 best book for that topic. Click HERE to see the topics for the next few weeks.
This week, the topic is 5 Books about growing older. I’m always saying how I don’t like coming of age books. Then when I read one (by accident), I usually like it. So, apparently, I do like them. Now growing older is not just about coming of age, it’s also about maturing, regrets about the choices that you’ve made, and illness.
Here’s my list:
Black Swan Green by David Mitchell is about a boy of 13 who tries very hard to fit in (which is very important) with his schoolmates. His popularity is about average, and to keep it that way, he doesn’t tell anyone he writes poems, and tries to hide the fact that he stutters by using only words that he can pronounce without stuttering.
The book is set in the eighties and if you were growing up in that era, like I was, then the book’s setting is very familiar and places the reader back in time. In that sense, it’s the reader who has grown older, rather than the protagonist.
The Glass Castle is a memoir about Jeanette Walls’ life with her parents and brothers and sisters. Her parents are intelligent people but they decide to live a life outside of normal society. The father is alcoholic while the mother isn’t into domestic bliss.
There is no money and often no food and bad housing for the family.
Jeanette and most of her siblings come out of these circumstances as successful adults, against all odds.
Still Alice by Lisa Genova is about a 50-year old woman who gets early-onset Alzheimer and changes from an intelligent university professor into a woman who forgets things and needs help with daily activities.
The book describes, from Alice’s view, how she deals with this and what she feels about it. I thought that the way her husband reacted to the events was especially believable.
The Summerhouse by Jude Deveraux is a feel-good book about three women that have met only once before. When they meet again, 20 years later, they are given the option to go back in time and, if they want, change some of their past (which will influence what their future will look like).
I loved reading this book because the women all had different reasons for wanting to chance a part of their life. Whether they all do, is a different matter!
Her biggest wish is to start a hat shop. She wants Don Bosco to retire so she can use his barber’s shop premises. Don Bosco once proposed to Nicanora and maybe she’s a little sorry she didn’t accept. Maybe they’re getting a second chance?
Lovely, friendly, easy going story, but still with serious undertones.
What book about growing older is your favorite?