A thoroughly enjoyable, quick read that will be best appreciated by the senior set.


Logan (The Navel Diaries, 2015) returns with a new collection of pithy and often humorous essays about the large and small shocks of aging.

The author’s latest offering highlights her determination to increase her physical and mental flexibility and to make changes necessary to live a purposeful life. The first chapter, “Wake Me Up before It’s Over,” lays the foundation for a volume that considers many annoying issues that aging throws at her, her reactions to them, and society’s assumptions about seniors. As is her style, Logan begins each essay with a seemingly random observation or experience. She opens with her outrage at what she describes as “a horrifying job performance review” by one of her students: “She’s an adorable little old lady.” A few chapters later, she discovers that her body has betrayed her: “I found a whisker on my neck.” After railing a bit at what she sees as an unacceptable affront to her femininity, she segues into a discussion of what else might be physically going on with her, out of sight of her magnifying mirror; what chemical messages are hormonal changes sending to her internal organs? “I’d better spend less energy plucking and more energy keeping all those vital internals in the loop,” she writes. These initial observations are breezy and wry, but they’re just the first steps down engaging paths through more serious issues, such as the need to stop oneself from being too rigid, the importance of regular physical checkups, gender and age discrimination, and other topics. Baby boomers, in particular, will find plenty of familiar cultural references from their youth that will make them smile throughout this collection. They’ll also relate to such declarations as “Let me behold me, in all my glory, as perfect today as I was on the day I was born.”

A thoroughly enjoyable, quick read that will be best appreciated by the senior set.

Pub Date: Dec. 31, 2018

ISBN: 978-0-9977353-9-0

Page Count: 208

Publisher: TerraCotta Publishing

Review Posted Online: Oct. 5, 2018

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Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis...



Privately published by Strunk of Cornell in 1918 and revised by his student E. B. White in 1959, that "little book" is back again with more White updatings.

Stricter than, say, Bergen Evans or W3 ("disinterested" means impartial — period), Strunk is in the last analysis (whoops — "A bankrupt expression") a unique guide (which means "without like or equal").

Pub Date: May 15, 1972

ISBN: 0205632645

Page Count: 105

Publisher: Macmillan

Review Posted Online: Oct. 28, 2011

Kirkus Reviews Issue: May 1, 1972

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From the national correspondent for PBS's MacNeil-Lehrer Newshour: a moving memoir of her youth in the Deep South and her role in desegregating the Univ. of Georgia. The eldest daughter of an army chaplain, Hunter-Gault was born in what she calls the ``first of many places that I would call `my place' ''—the small village of Due West, tucked away in a remote little corner of South Carolina. While her father served in Korea, Hunter-Gault and her mother moved first to Covington, Georgia, and then to Atlanta. In ``L.A.'' (lovely Atlanta), surrounded by her loving family and a close-knit black community, the author enjoyed a happy childhood participating in activities at church and at school, where her intellectual and leadership abilities soon were noticed by both faculty and peers. In high school, Hunter-Gault found herself studying the ``comic-strip character Brenda Starr as I might have studied a journalism textbook, had there been one.'' Determined to be a journalist, she applied to several colleges—all outside of Georgia, for ``to discourage the possibility that a black student would even think of applying to one of those white schools, the state provided money for black students'' to study out of state. Accepted at Michigan's Wayne State, the author was encouraged by local civil-rights leaders to apply, along with another classmate, to the Univ. of Georgia as well. Her application became a test of changing racial attitudes, as well as of the growing strength of the civil-rights movement in the South, and Gault became a national figure as she braved an onslaught of hostilities and harassment to become the first black woman to attend the university. A remarkably generous, fair-minded account of overcoming some of the biggest, and most intractable, obstacles ever deployed by southern racists. (Photographs—not seen.)

Pub Date: Nov. 1, 1992

ISBN: 0-374-17563-2

Page Count: 192

Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux

Review Posted Online: May 20, 2010

Kirkus Reviews Issue: Sept. 1, 1992

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