- Paperback: 264 pages
- Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (March 21 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 9781553657866
- ISBN-13: 978-1553657866
- ASIN: 1553657861
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 1.9 x 21.6 cm
- Shipping Weight: 363 g
- Average Customer Review: 3 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #394,299 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
I Feel Great About My Hands: And Other Unexpected Joys of Aging Paperback – Mar 21 2011
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"I applaud these fine women for trying to resolve and accept the dilemma of aging that affects us all, and doing so with such humour and poignancy. A wonderful read." (Karen Kain, CC)
"Graydon put together remarkable, inspiring stories that are so honest that you can't help but want to be as smart as these women...I'd like to thank the women in this book for helping me stare down my fear and realize that aging isn't what will shorten my life. Not working hard for what I believe in might, though; not being willing to take on risks and try new things absolutely will; not living well or loving well are guaranteed life-shorteners. But aging? Not so much." (Herizons)
"[I Feel Great About My Hands is] a warm, wise, witty response to Nora Ephron's I Feel Bad About My Neck. " (Huffington Post)
"Ottawa author and women's advocate Shari Graydon has answered Ephron with an upbeat response, a Dropped Threads-like collection of stories, essays and poems in which more than 40 Canadian women over 50 celebrate aging and their lives well-lived...I Feel Great About My Hands sends a strong and supportive message about the future." (Winnipeg Free Press)
"I Feel Great About My Hands offers honest reflections of individuals who have struggled with times of loss and transition to reach a place where they can celebrate the miracles within and the benefits of maturity. This affirming vision is bound to appeal to women of all ages." (Lindsay Post)
"A Canadian cadre has delivered a response to Nora Ephron's witty tome on the hazards of aging, I Feel Bad About My Neck. I Feel Great About My Hands opts for the earnest, and tots up the things that get better after age 50. These include everything from being more confident to enjoying the sight of adult children well-raised." (The Tyee)
"I Feel Great About My Hands is an anthology of anger and hope, loss and love, regret and humour. It's about growing old gracefully, fighting sexism and railing against impossible cultural standards, about accepting that our aging flesh, with its wrinkles and scars and loose folds and liver spots, is not only a visible charting of our life's well travelled road map but a subject for celebration." (Vancouver Sun)
"I Feel Great About My Hands and Other Unexpected Joys of Aging edited by Shari Graydon, has notable Canadian women celebrating their golden years." (Zoomer Magazine)
"I found the book as a whole quite heartwarming and am moved to describe some of the entries as 'a thing of beauty'. The overall experience of reading it was quite life-affirming." (Sideroads Magazine)
"Readers will probably cry as much as they laugh because this is no lightweight, 'meno-positive' collection. Older women take the lioness' share of the challenges and heartaches of empty nests, caring for aging and dying parents, living below poverty level, and becoming invisible. These writers do not shirk from sharing these realities." (Susan Koswan Waterloo Region Record)
About the Author
Shari Graydon is an award-winning women's advocate and bestselling author of two media literacy books for youth, Made You Look and In Your Face. Past president of the non-profit women's group MediaWatch (now Media Action), she lectures frequently about media and body image issues from her home base in Ottawa.
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I was impressed with the quality of the writing and its diverse insight and compassion pulled together by Shari Graydon. It's like tuning into a vibrant conversation on the experience of getting older and all that holds for women in our culture. I found it hard to put this book down as I continued to connect with and feel affirmed by the intimacy of its stories. These are real women telling it like it is and it makes for great reading. I intend to send it to all my sisters and friends over 50.
The authors in the short stories in the book have captured the essence of what it's all about with humour and touching stories that will make you go...hmmm, that's me. LOL
It's an easy fast read and I thoroughly enjoyed experienceing each woman's individual story.
Only reason I gave it 4/5 stars was because I wish it had MORE stories, I went through this book in one day. :)))
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These real women are direct at times, circuitous at others, and familiar as well as surprising.
There is life beyond high heels and makeup, a run in your nylons, your skirt stuffed half in your underwear in the back—until someone discreetly whispers or your spouse pulls it down while blocking the view.
There is wonderful life out here, out there, out wherever you are. It's when our focus becomes so narrow that all it includes is ourselves and whatever is right in front of our faces that we lose perspective. Aging does have joys. I'm finding them. I'm finding them in people younger than me and older than me—and in myself.