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What's Worth Knowing [Paperback]

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Pages   243
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 0.25" Width: 6.25" Height: 8"
Weight:   0.78 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 19, 2004
Publisher   Tarcher
Age  18
ISBN  1585423726  
EAN  9781585423729  
UPC  619580012954  

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Colorful and enlightening vignettes about life by everyday people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties.
When social worker Wendy Lustbader was asked to take down the histories of residents in a retirement community, she discovered that "the man with Alzheimer's in room 410" was actually ninety-six-year-old Ole Harlen, a former concert pianist. "The woman who people-watches in the lobby" was really Lila Lane, who eloped to Tijuana with her sweetheart at age sixteen, and who at age seventy-five bemoaned the fact that she could no longer wear high heels.
Lustbader gathered these stories and more into What's Worth Knowing, a compilation of unforgettable first-person testimonials on love, truth, grief, faith, and fulfillment by people in their seventies, eighties, and nineties. Israel Grosskoff, for example, describes learning about trust while hiding from the Nazis during World War II. Giuseppe Maestriami passes on child-rearing lessons he discovered through growing prize-winning tomatoes. And Arsene St. Amand talks about the importance of making time for love-which he found for the first time only six months before his death.
In What's Worth Knowing, readers can spend time with Ole, Lila, Israel, Giuseppe, and Arsene-and a hundred others, whose wisdom matters all the more because of the way they've acquired it.

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Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Wendy Lustbader, M.S.W., is an author, professor, and social worker who specializes in working with older people, their families, and caregivers, and lectures nationally on subjects related to aging. Lustbader is the author of "Taking Care of Aging Family Members," coauthored with Nancy Hooyman; "Counting on Kindness"; and "What's Worth Knowing." She lives in Seattle.

Wendy Lustbader currently resides in the state of Washington.

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a lovely look at life and the wisdom of ageing  Jul 9, 2008
This book is a gem!! Wendy Lustbader is a gifted and sensitive writer adept at lovely turns of phrase and astute insights. The photographs are lovely and expressive and the selections are poignant and lasting. This is a delightful book for anyone wishing insight into what matters in life and the lessons of those who have lived it and continue to relay its gifts to us, and is also a wonderful gift!! I have given it to the elders in my family and it has inspired the telling of their stories and thoughts as well. Thanks and kudos to the author for a beautiful collection that will no doubt find a permanent place on your bookshelf.
Thought Provoking, Reflective!  Mar 9, 2007
A beautiful, well put together book. It's simple appearing format belies the treasure trove of wisdom and insights offered on life within it. The book is instructive for even the most reflective of readers and one has the feeling of a "one-on-one", intimate connection with each of the people in it. I have given copies of the book to friends as well as my adult children. It's too bad that we don't have the advantage of some of these insights when we were younger, but then it's not too late! Highly recommended.
A thoughtful, pleasant read  May 1, 2003
I too enjoyed this book immensely. If you are looking for the answer to life or a big philosophical revelation-you probably won't find it here though. The tales are short, simple and very reflective of the life of regular folks and the things they have faced. I thought it also gave a very good look at older"folks". So many times they are relegated to having no particular importance or nothing to say in in today's busy world of the young. Here folks talk of sorrow, triumph, love, joy and regret -the emotions that span a lifetime.
If you don't like it now, you will once you are older  Jan 11, 2003
I think those who gave this book a poor review did not give it a deep enough reading to see depth in this book. What's worth knowing addresses mundane topics, but that is the point. Some people go through life looking for what isn't there, missing out on what is. Those same people finding something missing in the book. This book won't tell you the cosmic answers for how to live your life. It will show you that there aren't any cosmic answers, just simple ones, and different ones for different folks. And the book shows that elders are just folks, regular folk in older bodies. This book is a valiant effort to combat ageism.
Just Because They're Old, Doesn't Make Them Insightful  Aug 1, 2002
The book is a bunch of snippets from older people. I did not find most of the snippets to be particularly profound or insightful. It is a short read (1 or 2 hours max) so it may be worth it to some people but not for me.

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