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How to Age

How to Age

The School of Life

Anne Karpf

Picador

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THE SCHOOL OF LIFE IS DEDICATED TO EXPLORING LIFE'S BIG QUESTIONS IN HIGHLY-PORTABLE PAPERBACKS, FEATURING FRENCH FLAPS AND DECKLE EDGES, THAT THE NEW YORK TIMES CALLS "DAMNABLY CUTE." WE DON'T HAVE ALL THE ANSWERS, BUT WE WILL DIRECT YOU TOWARDS A VARIETY OF USEFUL IDEAS THAT ARE GUARANTEED TO STIMULATE, PROVOKE, AND CONSOLE.

Society has a deep fear of ageing, and showing your age is increasingly one of our most pervasive taboos. Old age in modern life is widely viewed as either a time of inevitable decline or something to be resisted, denied or overcome. In How to Age, sociologist and award-winning journalist Anne Karpf urges us to radically change our narrative.

Exploring how our outlook on ageing is historically determined and culturally defined, Karpf draws upon revealing case studies to suggest how ageing can be an actively enriching time of immense growth. She argues that if we can recognize growing older as an inevitable part of the human condition, then the great challenge of ageing turns out to be none other than the challenge of living. In How to Age, learn how ageing isn't about your wardrobe or physical fitness, but a determination to live fully at every age and stage of life.

1. What is Age?



Wrinkles, sensible shoes and Alzheimer's – these, or something like them, are what most of us would come up with if we were asked to free-associate on the subject of age. But they're utterly misleading because they...

Praise for How to Age

“Karpf's pithy and cogent treatise calls for us to embrace 'aging as a lifelong process.'...Karpf cites fascinating and diverse examples that confirm the fact that age helps us discover 'enduring sources of meaning.'” —Booklist

“In an age of moral and practical confusions, the self-help book is crying out to be redesigned and rehabilitated. The School of Life announces a rebirth with a series that examines the great issues of life, including money, sanity, work, technology, and the desire to alter the world for the better.” —Alain De Botton, The School of Life Series Editor

“Self-Help Books for the Rest of Us.” —The New York Times

“The School of Life offers radical ways to help us raid the treasure trove of human knowledge.” —Independent on Sunday (London)

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Anne Karpf

ANNE KARPF is a writer, medical sociologist and award-winning journalist. She has been a contributing editor to Cosmopolitan, and writes regularly for The Guardian, The Independent on Sunday, and other publications. She has written three books, including The Human Voice (Bloomsbury). She teaches at London Metropolitan University.

Anne Karpf

Picador

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