Another Country

Another Country

Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders

Book - 1999
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Mary Pipher's Reviving Ophelia, the phenomenal bestseller about the experiences of adolescent girls today, changed forever how we understand their world, and ours. Now, Mary Pipher turns to an equally troubled passage -- the journey into old age. This is a book about our parents and grandparents, because they don't grow old in a vacuum. The process can be just as painful for us -- daughters and sons, granddaughters and grandsons -- as for them. The gradual turning of life's tide can take us by surprise, as we find ourselves unprepared to begin caring for those who have always cared for us.

Writing from her experience as a therapist and from interviews with families and older people, Pipher offers us scenarios that bridge the generation gap. And in these poignant and hopeful stories of real children, adults, and elders we find the secrets to empathy. With her inimitable combination of respect and realism, Pipher gets inside the minds, hearts, and bodies of elder men and women. And we begin tounderstand fully that the landscape of age is truly that of another country.

Today's world is vastly different from the one our parents grew up in. It's not the world in which helping aging parents meant stopping in at their house every day; in which children could learn about the richness of life from their grandparents; and in which grandparents and children were sustained and nourished by the unique bond between those on the opposite ends of a lifetime. We need new ways of supporting one another -- new ways of sharing our time, our energy, and our love. In Another Country, Mary Pipher will show us how.

Publisher: New York : Riverhead Books, 1999.
ISBN: 9781573221290
Branch Call Number: 306.874/PIPH
Characteristics: 328p. 24cm.


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Feb 10, 2015

This book has a lot of stories; some of them seem to make a good point, some of them make you wonder what the point of the story was and where is the author trying to go.
The book was written in the late 90s, and I felt that that limits it's usefulness. I'm younger than the intended audience was back when it was first written, and the intended audience are now old enough to count as "old". That said, some of it is still useful as some of the seniors who were the original subjects of the book are sometimes still alive.

Mar 10, 2011

A friend recommended this book to me when my 80+ year-old father's health was in decline and I was torn between living my own life and wanting to drop everything and care for him.

Mary Pipher, a distinguished counseling psychologist, treats the subject of aging parents so tenderly and insightfully that I drew tremendous comfort from reading the book. She helped me understand the minddset of a different generation and cope more constructively with challenges my father and brothers and I faced in meeting his needs. Highly recommended.


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