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Place Called Canterbury Tales of the New Old Age in America

ISBN-10: 0143115308

ISBN-13: 9780143115304

Edition: N/A

Authors: Dudley Clendinen

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An “affectionate, touchingly empathetic” (Janet Maslin, The New York Times) look at old age in America today Welcome to Canterbury Tower , an apartment building in Florida, where the residents are busy with friendships, love, sex, money, and gossip—and the average age is eightysix. Journalist Dudley Clendinen’s mother moved to Canterbury in 1994, planning—like most the inhabitants—to spend her final years there. But life was not over yet for the feisty southern matron. There, she and her eccentric new friends lived out a soap opera of dignity, nerve, and humor otherwise known as the New Old Age. A Place Called Canterburyis both a journalist’s account of the last years of the Greatest Generation and a son’s rueful memoir of his mother. Entertaining and unsparing, it is essential reading for anyone with aging parents, and those wondering what their own old age might look like.
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Book details

List price: $16.00
Publisher: Penguin Group (USA) Incorporated
Publication date: 6/30/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 400
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.75" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.792
Language: English

Dudley Clendinenhas been a national correspondent and editorial writer forThe New York Times.He is the editor of a book of essays,The Prevailing South,and the author of the text of a book of photographs,Homeless in America.He lives in Baltimore, Maryland.

Introduction: Canterbury and the New Old Age
Good-bye, Mother, Hello
The Importance of the Moment
A Place Unto Itself
A Reason to Be Alive
The Cocktail Hour
Last Communion
The Dining Room Waltz
In Case of Fire
Going Home
The Plumbing Problem
Meanwhile, Back in the Tower
Looking for a Man
Sex and Satisfaction
"Laugh, Even If Your Heart Is Breaking"
Sleeping with the Sweetso
When They Were Children
When They Were in Love
Body Parts
War and Survival
I Can't Find My Wife
The Best-Laid Plans
Miss Osama
He Wants Our Ashes
Epilogue: Hello, Mother, Good-bye
Acknowledgments