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How to Live: A Search for Wisdom from Old People (While They Are Still on This Earth)

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HowToLiveHenry Alford
Twelve (hachettebookgroup.com)

 
“Thank God you’re gay,” advises one of the over-70 characters whom humorist Henry Alford interviews for this witty guide to navigating through life. “What do you mean?” Alford asks, taken aback. Then Alford tells us what he thinks it means, along with lots of clever quotes on aging and wisdom from the famous and not-so-famous, and riffs on conversations with his elders, from his mother and stepfather to gay playwright Edward Albee and the fabulous Sylvia Miles, whose two Oscar nominations (for Midnight Cowboy and Farewell, My Lovely) honored a combined nine minutes of screen time. (Miles quips, “‘Oh, look at her, she’s outrageous,’ they say of me. Well, better that than I should be in-rage-eous.”) — Review: Donalevan Maines

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