Women Rowing North: Navigating Life’s Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher
My rating: 3 of 5 stars
“Great personal suffering can sometimes deepen our souls to the point they crack open and let in great beauty.” – Mary Pipher
I rarely read nonfiction. I was asked to lead a book group at the local senior center and this is what they picked. I wasn’t exactly thrilled to read it. The book is targeted for women between the ages of 60-79, what Pipher calls “young old age”. I’m not quite there yet, but I figured it would be an insightful read as these years are fast approaching.
Although the book is beautifully written, the content is mediocre at best. I did not gain any new deep understanding or perspectives on what to expect as I age. In fact, the first part of the book was actually a huge downer. In a nutshell, we will lose our beauty and sexuality. All of our loved ones will die or become invalids, so you have to become strong and deal with it. Well, alrighty then. The second half of the book was much better. It spoke of the relationships you will have as you age. Things like becoming a grandparent and the types of friendships you will develop as you get older.
A bit disappointing if you are really looking to deepen your perspectives on aging, but worth a read if you are interested in hearing one perspective from someone who is already there.