Women Rowing North

Women Rowing North

Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing as We Age

Book - 2019
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"Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet as Mary Pipher shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be. In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. "If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully," Pipher writes, "we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent.""--Dust jacket.
Publisher: New York, NY : Bloomsbury Publishing, 2019.
ISBN: 9781632869609
Branch Call Number: 305.26 PIPHER
Characteristics: 262 pages ; 25 cm


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Aug 26, 2020

This nonfiction book is a good read and very applicable to a woman's life as she hears her 60s, 70s, and 80s, and beyond.

Oct 25, 2019

I think some people will find this book very helpful as it has good ideas and follows people as they grow older and gain insight into their lives and those who surround them. I found it difficult to keep the people highlighted, separate esp in the first half of the book. Toward the end this becomes more clear but did leave me hanging until the middle. Sometimes I lost focus while reading due insufficient interest or suggestions that seemed too obvious. The transition between topics w/in chapter at times changed in a rather random fashion. All and all this book supplies helpful insight esp if you have lived in one community for most of your life.

LPL_BeckyB Aug 07, 2019

Not a typical self-help book, but instructive, none-the-less. Whether you are rowing north yourself or supporting someone who is, vignettes and recounting of personal experiences share ways of finding peace, grace and happiness in later years.

Jul 19, 2019

A very good book, but I think it is too long. At times, it feels that Pipher keeps repeating the same thing again and again.

May 03, 2019

Pipher writes through the eyes of a 60 plus person. One can more fully experience emotions, past pleasure, and pain - all leading to more appreciation, healing, and hope. She says, "This is not a "how to" book, ....but a "how to think" book. I like her final words of wisdom - Embrace everything!

Mar 31, 2019

I usually shy away from the 'self help' genre. This book truly spoke to me. I will be 70 later this year and while I don't think of myself as 'rowing north', I found this book thought provoking and helpful. Mary Pipher emphasizes gratitude and grace rather than grimness and anger as we age. We ARE strong and resourceful, and talented and wise and vulnerable, and it's all ok. I feel validated and valued.

debwalker Feb 05, 2019

It's finally time to drop the narrative about older women being invisible and useless. Hello, Nancy Pelosi?


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