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Growing, Older : A Chronicle of Death, Life and Vegetables - Joan Dye Gussow

Growing, Older

A Chronicle of Death, Life and Vegetables

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Michael Pollan calls her one of his food heroes. Barbara Kingsolver credits her with shaping the history and politics of food in the United States. And countless others who have vied for a food revolution, pushed organics, and reawakened Americans to growing their own food and eating locally consider her both teacher and muse.Joan Gussow has influenced thousands through her books, This Organic Life and The Feeding Web, her lectures, and the simple fact that she lives what she preaches. Now in her eighties, she stops once more to pass along some wisdom-surprising, inspiring, and controversial-via the pen.

Gussow's memoir Growing, Older begins when she loses her husband of 40 years to cancer and, two weeks later, finds herself skipping down the street-much to her alarm. Why wasn't she grieving in all the normal ways? With humor and wit, she explains how she stopped worrying about why she was smiling and went on worrying, instead, and as she always has, about the possibility that the world around her was headed off a cliff. But hers is not a tale, or message, of gloom. Rather it is an affirmation of a life's work-and work in general.

Lacking a partner's assistance, Gussow continued the hard labor of growing her own year-round diet. She dealt single-handedly with a rising tidal river that regularly drowned her garden, with muskrat interlopers, broken appliances, bodily decay, and river trash-all the while bucking popular notions of how "an elderly widowed woman" ought to behave.

Scattered throughout are urgent suggestions about what growing older on a changing planet will call on all of us to do: learn self-reliance and self-restraint, yield graciously if not always happily to necessity, and-since there is no other choice-come to terms with the insistencies of the natural world. Gussow delivers another literary gem-one that women curious about aging, gardeners curious about contending with increasingly intense weather, or environmentalists curious about the future will embrace.

Gussow delivers another literary gem - one that women curious about ageing, gardeners curious about contending with increasingly intense weather, or environmentalists curious about the future will embrace.

Prologuep. ix
The End of My Marriage
The Death of My Husbandp. 3
Six Months Laterp. 8
Coping with Despairp. 21
Taking the Red Pillp. 30
What Next?
Moving the World Aroundp. 41
Making Change: Just Do Itp. 51
Working, Outp. 54
Things That Break and Things That Don'tp. 63
Potatoes and Escapep. 72
If My Parents Had Danced in the Supermarketp. 82
Watery Lessonsp. 88
Some of the Other Species
How Come?p. 103
My Life with Butterfliesp. 108
Why Not Try Rice?p. 122
Muskrats, Dahlias, and an Italianp. 127
Skunks on the Riverbankp. 138
The Maple Treep. 146
Zucchini (Warning: Contains Recipes)p. 150
Beesp. 160
Asparagusp. 171
Growing Older
Springp. 187
A Fate Worse than Deathp. 192
Kicking My Tiresp. 205
Losing Itp. 210
When I Am Ninety-Sixp. 215
My Obituaryp. 223
But Did You Get What You Wanted?p. 226
Endnotesp. 233
About the Authorp. 235
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ISBN: 9781603582926
ISBN-10: 1603582924
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 256
Published: 21st October 2010
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.86 x 15.24  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.38