Titles for, by & about older adults

By Collection Management Librarian Kathy

Fiction & nonfiction titles

From nonfiction about aging better to fiction or documentaries starring older folks, here are a few titles celebrating seniors. Plus, check out more resources for older adults from your public library »

Ageism Unmasked: Exploring Age Bias & How to End It by Tracey Gendron

Why you should try it: Tired of hearing about the importance of looking and acting young? Gendron tells us it's time to appreciate and embrace the aging process.

Description: This bold historical account helps explain how ageism has seeped into our lives, slowly and silently shaping our own misconceptions about aging—and about ourselves.

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Breaking the Age Code: How Your Beliefs About Aging Determine How Long & Well You Live by Becca Levy

Why you should try it: If you want to understand the mind-body connection and how it relates to aging, this is the book for you.

Description: Based on her innovative research, stories that range from pop culture to the corporate boardroom, and her own life, Levy shows how age beliefs shape all aspects of our lives. She also presents a variety of fascinating people who have benefited from positive age beliefs as well as an entire town that has flourished with these beliefs.

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Tasha: A Son's Memoir by Brian Morton

Why you should try it: Morton pens a heartfelt, honest tribute to his elderly, yet still feisty, mother.

Description: Tasha Morton is a force of nature: a brilliant educator who's left her mark on generations of students—and also a whirlwind of a mother, intrusive, chaotic, oppressively devoted, and irrepressible. For decades, her son Brian has kept her at a self-protective distance, but when her health begins to fail, he knows it's time to assume responsibility for her care.

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Ladysitting: My Year With Nana at the End of Her Century by Lorene Cary

Why you should try it: You won't soon forget 100-year-old Nana, the story of her life, or her last year.

Description: Lorene Cary's grandmother moves in, and everything changes: day-to-day life, family relationships, the Nana she knew—even their shared past. From cherished memories of weekends she spent as a child with her indulgent Nana to the reality of the year she spent "ladysitting" her now frail grandmother, Lorene Cary journeys through stories of their time together and five generations of their African American family.

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An Elderly Lady Must Not Be Crossed by Helene Tursten

Why you should try it: An octogenarian amateur sleuth who has been called the Swedish Miss Marple? Yes, please!

Description: Eighty-eight-year-old Maud is never looking for trouble, but it always seems to find her. First, a woman in her building met an untimely end: tragic. Then, just recently, a dead body mysteriously appeared in her very own apartment, prompting an investigation by the local Gothenburg authorities. Such a strange coincidence. When it seems suspicion has fallen on her, little old lady that she is, Maud decides to skip town and splurges on a trip to South Africa for herself.

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The Marlow Murder Club by Robert Thorogood

Why you should try it: Mysterious, funny, heartwarming, and perfect for fans of Richard Osman's Thursday Murder Club.

Description: Nothing ever happens in Marlow. That is, until Judith hears her neighbor shot while skinny-dipping in the Thames. The local police don't believe her story. It's an open and shut case, of course. Ha! Stefan can't be left for dead like that. Judith investigates and picks up a crew of sidekicks: Suzie the dogwalker and Becks the vicar's wife. Together, they are the Marlow Murder Club.

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Duty Free (movie)

Why you should try it: A personal exploration of the challenges, primarily financial, facing older adults.

Description: After a 75-year-old immigrant mother gets fired from her job, her son takes her on a bucket-list adventure to reclaim her life. 

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Sunken Roads: Three Generations After D-Day (movie)

Why you should try it: Veterans who were 20 years old on D-Day share their stories through a 20-year-old filmmaker.

Description: Don McCarthy was twenty years old on D-Day when his infantry division landed on Omaha Beach. Don and the other veterans who survived D-Day will someday soon have passed into memory and legend. This realization inspired 20-year-old filmmaker Charlotte Juergens to join Don and seven other D-Day vets on a journey to France, a commemorative pilgrimage to Omaha Beach for the 70th anniversary of the invasion. 

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Librarian Kathy

About Kathy

Kathy is a Collection Management Librarian who loves reading, sharing, and talking about books. Her missions in life are to: create communities of readers, convince folks that her official title should be "Book Pusher," and refute that "disco" is a dirty word.