Readings from Literature & Aging: An Anthology edited by Martin Kohn, Carol C. Donley, and Delese Wear are marked with a ∗. The book will be available at the Reference Desk three weeks prior to the first session. Please first register for series.
All other books will be available on the Book Club shelf in the Reference Room three weeks prior to the session discussing it. All books, except Literature & Aging are available for download except some are limited to Larchmont cardholders as indicated.
Copies of poems and articles will be distributed at the first session, but you can get a head start by clicking on the links below.
9/21/15 How do we connect?
- “We Are Nighttime Travelers” * by Ethan Canin, p. 96
- “Now, Before the End I Think” * poem by Edwin Honig, p. 89
10/5/15 How happy will we be?
- “Happiness May Come With Age, Study Shows” New York Times. 5/31/10
- “The U-Bend of Life” The Economist. 12/18/10
- “Why Elders Smile” By David Brooks. New York Times. 12/4/14
- “Does Old Age Bring Happiness?” Letters to the Editor. New York Times 12/11/14
- “It is I, Master Osman,” an excerpt from My Name is Red by Orhan Pamuk. Available as an eBook (Larchmont cardholders only)
- “Warning: When I am an old woman, I shall wear purple” poem by Jenny Joseph
- “I’m Too Old For This,” by Dominique Browning, New York Times, 8/9/15
10/19/15 Dueling Generations
- “Porte Cochere” * by Peter Taylor, p. 184
- “Everything that Rises Must Converge” * by Flannery O’Connor, p. 192
- “A Lady” poem by Amy Lowell
- “Appropriate Affect” * by Sue Miller, p. 271
- The Coroner’s Lunch by Colin Cotterill (first 59 pages). Available as an eBook (Larchmont cardholders only)
- “Affirmation” poem by Donald Hall
11/16/15 Saying Goodbye
- “Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night” poem by Dylan Thomas
- “The Death of Ivan Ilyich” by Leo Tolstoy. Available as an eBook (Larchmont cardholders only)