“Eimear McBride is that old-fashioned thing, a genius.”-Anne Enright, The Guardian
“Her prose is a visceral throb…thrilling, and also thrillingly efficient. The language plunges us into the center of experiences that are often raw, unpleasant, frightening, but also vital.”-James Wood, The New Yorker
“Monumental . . . Elderhood, like the life station it studies, is dynamic, multifaceted and full of wonder. Aronson‘s writing, too, flexes with vibrant energy as she discusses in lucid, candid detail the ways she has seen the healthcare system neglect the overall well-being of her patients, her colleagues and herself . . . Intimidating as it may seem, elderhood becomes welcoming and generous in Aronson‘s deft care.”
―Shelf Awareness, starred review
“Old age” has been defined as beginning between ages 60 and 70, meaning most people spend more of their lives in elderhood than they do in childhood. Despite the fact that we’re beginning to live longer, more fulfilling lives, many of us dread entering our golden years. But what if we had another way of approaching this rich and rewarding phase of life? Join Women Lit and Professor of Medicine at UCSF, Louise Aronson, for an evening of hope, laughter, and frank discussion on what elderhood really is, and what it has the potential to be.
In a book reminiscent of Oliver Sacks, and as revelatory as Atul Gawande’s Being Mortal, Louise Aronson’s Elderhood uses stories from her own life and experience with patients, as well as history, science, and pop culture, to illustrate a new, realistic and joyful approach to aging. After all, if we spend as much as 40 years in elderhood, shouldn’t that time be treasured?