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The New Old Me [Large Print]
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Like a lot of women her age, MEREDITH MARANhas a hard time believing she s a woman of her age. And yet she s published more than a dozen books, includingThe New Old Me, Why We Write About Ourselves, Why We Write, MyLie, andA Theory of Small Earthquakes. When she s not hiking Mount Hollywood, attending readings at indie bookstores, or scouring Los Angeles finest thrift shops, she's writing for venues includingThe New York Times, The Washington Post, The Christian Science Monitor, The Los Angeles Review of Books, The Rumpus, andSalon. The grateful recipient of fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo and a member of the National Book Critics Circle, Meredith lives in a Silver Lake bungalow that s even older than she is."

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By turns poignant and funny, the book not only shows how one feisty woman coped with a Plan B life she didn't want or expect with a little help from her friends. It also celebrates how she transformed uncertainty into a glorious opportunity for continued late-life personal growth. A spirited and moving memoir about how it's never too late to try something new. Kirkus I love everything Meredith Maran writes. She is insightful, funny, and human, and the things she writes about matter to me deeply. Her memoir, The New Old Me, is a book I don t just want to read I need to read it. So does everyone else who s getting older and wants to live fully, with immediacy and enjoyment, which is to say, everyone. Anne Lamott, author ofSome Assembly Required Meredith Maran's memoir about her recent experiences navigating life's sudden shifts and tilts and swerves, is funny, tough, sweet, and always charming. Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings When Meredith Maran lost her best friend, her money, and her marriage at age 60, she could have thrown in the towel, or gone to bed for a year, or become a bitter, angry woman. Instead she made a new, vibrant life for herself in a new, vibrant city, with a new job, new friends, new lovers, and an old bungalow among the lime trees, which she transformed into a writer s haven and salon. The spirit, resilience, and hilarity on display inThe New Old Meoffers hope for living soulfully and zestfully no mater what life gives us now, and at every age. Ayelet Waldman, author ofBad Mother The best memoirs keep you enthralled and leave you thinking.The New Old Medoes both. Meredith Maran s wrenching but redemptive journey is a heartfelt, wise meditation on the challenges women face today as we age, and the creativity with which we re facing them. This is a stirring and captivating must-read for humans of all ages. Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief The New Old Me is a poignant story, a funny story, a moving story, and above all an American story of what it means to be a woman of a certain age in our time. If you ve ever wondered where have all the bra-burners gone?, Meredith Maran will answer your question as she reinvents herself at age 60 in Hollywood, of all places. Any woman who s ever wondered what life might hold as a modern senior citizen will find much to challenge and reassure her in this absorbing, beautiful book. Christina Baker Kline, author ofOrphan Train How does Meredith Maran do it? How does she know my secret fears about aging, my not-so-secret flaws? Meredith's life-changing writing draws me in and makes me root for her, root for myself, root for all of us who have only two choices: get older or die. I depend on her hopeful, horrible, hilariously heartfelt dispatches from the future (she's just a wee bit older than I). If anyone finds the fountain of youth, Meredith deserves the first sip. Annabelle Gurwitch, author ofI See You Made An Effort High time we had a book that celebrates becoming an elder! Meredith Maran writes of the difficulties of loss and change and aging, but makes it clear that getting on can be more interesting, more fun, and a lot more exciting than youth. I love this wonderful book. Abigail Thomas, author ofWhat Comes Next and How To Like It Meredith Maran s soulful, funny, beautiful memoir is a refreshing inspiration to me. I m ten years younger than she is, wondering what s up ahead. Meredith s voice is exuberant, lusty, kickass, full of life. She is my new role model for getting older without getting old. She blazes a trail for us all, showing humans of all ages how to create joy and community for ourselves while maintaining a sense of humor, wonder, and curiosity. This book is a godsend. Hooray! Kate Christensen, author ofThe Great Man I might have forgotten to breathe for the entirety of reading these pages, some of the very finest writing I've read in a long time. What you have here is a universal experience -- love and loss, dreams and aging, the heartless indifference of the universe to the securities we so innocently weave around ourselves -- distilled through the singular sensibility of an exceptional storyteller and dramatist. Meredith Maran's question is the cruelest one of them all: How do we mend ourselves after we have been broken? It is a blessing to have among us a writer of this caliber to guide us to the painful, heartbreaking answers. Books are our most intimate and acute means of communication, John Cheever said. If you want to know what he meant, read this book. Boris Fishman, author ofA Replacement Life" Meredith Maran's memoir about her recent experiences navigating life's sudden shifts and tilts and swerves, is funny, tough, sweet, and always charming. Meg Wolitzer, author of The Interestings I love everything Meredith Maran writes. She is insightful, funny, and human, and the things she writes about matter to me deeply. Her memoir, The New Old Me, is a book I don t just want to read I need to read it. So does everyone else who s getting older and wants to live fully, with immediacy and enjoyment, which is to say, everyone. Anne Lamott, author ofSome Assembly Required The New Old Me is a poignant story, a funny story, a moving story, and above all an American story of what it means to be a woman of a certain age in our time. If you ve ever wondered where have all the bra-burners gone?, Meredith Maran will answer your question as she reinvents herself at age 60 in Hollywood, of all places. Any woman who s ever wondered what life might hold as a modern senior citizen will find much to challenge and reassure her in this absorbing, beautiful book. Christina Baker Kline, author ofOrphan Train How does Meredith Maran do it? How does she know my secret fears about aging, my not-so-secret flaws? Meredith's life-changing writing draws me in and makes me root for her, root for myself, root for all of us who have only two choices: get older or die. I depend on her hopeful, horrible, hilariously heartfelt dispatches from the future (she's just a wee bit older than I). If anyone finds the fountain of youth, Meredith deserves the first sip. Annabelle Gurwitch, author ofI See You Made An Effort Meredith Maran s soulful, funny, beautiful memoir is a refreshing inspiration to me. I m ten years younger than she is, wondering what s up ahead. Meredith s voice is exuberant, lusty, kickass, full of life. She is my new role model for getting older without getting old. She blazes a trail for us all, showing humans of all ages how to create joy and community for ourselves while maintaining a sense of humor, wonder, and curiosity. This book is a godsend. Hooray! Kate Christensen, author ofThe Great Man High time we had a book that celebrates becoming an elder! Meredith Maran writes of the difficulties of loss and change and aging, but makes it clear that getting on can be more interesting, more fun, and a lot more exciting than youth. I love this wonderful book. Abigail Thomas, author ofWhat Comes Next and How To Like It I might have forgotten to breathe for the entirety of reading these pages, some of the very finest writing I've read in a long time. What you have here is a universal experience -- love and loss, dreams and aging, the heartless indifference of the universe to the securities we so innocently weave around ourselves -- distilled through the singular sensibility of an exceptional storyteller and dramatist. Meredith Maran's question is the cruelest one of them all: How do we mend ourselves after we have been broken? It is a blessing to have among us a writer of this caliber to guide us to the painful, heartbreaking answers. Books are our most intimate and acute means of communication, John Cheever said. If you want to know what he meant, read this book. Boris Fishman, author ofA Replacement Life When Meredith Maran lost her best friend, her money, and her marriage at age 60, she could have thrown in the towel, or gone to bed for a year, or become a bitter, angry woman. Instead she made a new, vibrant life for herself in a new, vibrant city, with a new job, new friends, new lovers, and an old bungalow among the lime trees, which she transformed into a writer s haven and salon. The spirit, resilience, and hilarity on display in The New Old Me offers hope for living soulfully and zestfully no mater what life gives us now, and at every age. Ayelet Waldman, author ofBad Mother The best memoirs keep you enthralled and leave you thinking. The New Old Me does both. Meredith Maran s wrenching but redemptive journey is a heartfelt, wise meditation on the challenges women face today as we age, and the creativity with which we re facing them. This is a stirring and captivating must-read for humans of all ages. Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief By turns poignant and funny, the book not only shows how one feisty woman coped with a Plan B life she didn't want or expect with a little help from her friends. It also celebrates how she transformed uncertainty into a glorious opportunity for continued late-life personal growth. A spirited and moving memoir about how it's never too late to try something new. Kirkus" "I love everything Meredith Maran writes. She is insightful, funny, and human, and the things she writes about matter to me deeply. Her memoir, The New Old Me, is a book I don t just want to read I need to read it. So does everyone else who s getting older and wants to live fully, with immediacy and enjoyment, which is to say, everyone." Anne Lamott, Some Assembly Required "The New Old Me is a poignant story, a funny story, a moving story, and above all an American story of what it means to be a woman of a certain age in our time. If you ve ever wondered where have all the bra-burners gone?, Meredith Maran will answer your question as she reinvents herself at age 60 in Hollywood, of all places. Any woman who s ever wondered what life might hold as a modern senior citizen will find much to challenge and reassure her in this absorbing, beautiful book." Christina Baker Kline, Orphan Train "How does Meredith Maran do it? How does she know my secret fears about aging, my not-so-secret flaws? Meredith's life-changing writing draws me in and makes me root for her, root for myself, root for all of us who have only two choices: get older or die. I depend on her hopeful, horrible, hilariously heartfelt dispatches from the future (she's just a wee bit older than I). If anyone finds the fountain of youth, Meredith deserves the first sip." Annabelle Gurwitch, I See You Made An Effort "Meredith Maran s soulful, funny, beautiful memoir is a refreshing inspiration to me. I m ten years younger than she is, wondering what s up ahead. Meredith s voice is exuberant, lusty, kickass, full of life. She is my new role model for getting older without getting old. She blazes a trail for us all, showing humans of all ages how to create joy and community for ourselves while maintaining a sense of humor, wonder, and curiosity. This book is a godsend. Hooray!" Kate Christensen, The Great Man "High time we had a book that celebrates becoming an elder! Meredith Maran writes of the difficulties of loss and change and aging, but makes it clear that getting on can be more interesting, more fun, and a lot more exciting than youth. I love this wonderful book." Abigail Thomas, What Comes Next and How To Like It "I might have forgotten to breathe for the entirety of reading these pages, some of the very finest writing I've read in a long time. What you have here is a universal experience -- love and loss, dreams and aging, the heartless indifference of the universe to the securities we so innocently weave around ourselves -- distilled through the singular sensibility of an exceptional storyteller and dramatist. Meredith Maran's question is the cruelest one of them all: How do we mend ourselves after we have been broken? It is a blessing to have among us a writer of this caliber to guide us to the painful, heartbreaking answers. Books are our most intimate and acute means of communication, John Cheever said. If you want to know what he meant, read this book." Boris Fishman, A Replacement Life "When Meredith Maran lost her best friend, her money, and her marriage at age 60, she could have thrown in the towel, or gone to bed for a year, or become a bitter, angry woman. Instead she made a new, vibrant life for herself in a new, vibrant city, with a new job, new friends, new lovers, and an old bungalow among the lime trees, which she transformed into a writer s haven and salon. The spirit, resilience, and hilarity on display in The New Old Me offers hope for living soulfully and zestfully no mater what life gives us now, and at every age." Ayelet Waldman, Bad Mother "The best memoirs keep you enthralled and leave you thinking. The New Old Me does both. Meredith Maran s wrenching but redemptive journey is a heartfelt, wise meditation on the challenges women face today as we age, and the creativity with which we re facing them. This is a stirring and captivating must-read for humans of all ages." Susan Orlean, author of The Orchid Thief"

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