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Bruce Grierson is the author of the books Culture Jam and U-Turn. He has been a freelance writer for twenty-five years. His work has appeared in The New York Times Magazine and Psychology Today, among other publications. He lives in North Vancouver, Canada.


"While this book provides an accessible overview of the current science on aging, its charm comes from the tale of a woman who refuses to hang up her track shoes, and the younger man she inspires." --The New York Times

"Entertaining, informative, and surprisingly moving." --The Boston Globe

"An inspirational blend of hero's journey and science that delves into the mystery of longevity, health and personal fulfillment." --Shelf Awareness

"Grierson offers an exemplary answer to the longevity question . . . Dedicated runners and weekend warriors, as well as athletes of all types, will find hope in Olga's story." --Washington Independent Review of Books

"An inspiring book that should appeal to the legions of worried agers." --Arkansas Democrat-Gazette

"If you need some motivation to reach your potential, this might be the story for you." --Cape Cod Times

"Exhilarating...[Grierson's] deft re-creation of the moving and humorous bond between Kotelko and himself gives the book its center. A stimulating and inspiring read for all." --Library Journal (starred)

"Grierson's fellow boomers have much to learn from Olga's example." --Publishers Weekly

"Eye-opening and insightful." --Kirkus

"Smart and engaging, What Makes Olga Run is also profoundly inspiring. It will make you wish you were half as fit and exuberant as Olga, whatever your age, while providing a fascinating look at the latest science on aging." --Gretchen Reynolds, author of The First 20 Minutes

"I am nuts about this book and about Olga. But the real kick was accompanying Bruce Grierson - a very good writer - as he took a smart, deep look into the new science of aging - and not aging - at the high end. I know this field a bit, and I still learned important new stuff...all of it great news. Hint: work out like a lunatic 'til the day you die. And jiggle your feet the rest of the time. Olga 'redefined' Grierson's life; she may redefine yours." --Chris Crowley, co-author of the Younger Next Year books and Thinner This Year

"In Olga, Grierson has a magical character with whom to explore the fascinating science of aging--a nonagenerian undecathlete. (That is, a 90-something who excels in 11 different events.) We are left with the empowering knowledge that, to a startling degree, aging itself is a choice." --David Epstein, author of The Sports Gene

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