The Shelf Life of Ashes
A MemoirBook - 2016
When Hollis Giammatteo sought a job working with the elderly, she did so with the intention of finding models of healthy aging. And she failed. In The Shelf Life of Ashes, Giammatteo chronicles her experiences with her wards, as well as the trip she embarks upon when her mother, who is convinced she is dying, entreats her to come "home." Trips back, traumas triggered, identity in crisis, equanimity gained--this quasi-comic, concentrated journey engages the reader in the process of naming and facing the tasks involved in growing old, while asking a simple but weighted question: Can aging be done well?
Publisher: Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 
Copyright Date: ©2016
Branch Call Number: 305.26 GIAMMATTEO
Characteristics: 255 pages ; 22 cm