Many seniors love to read and enjoy reading all different sorts of books according to their interests. After doing some research, we have compiled a list of 20 books that are written for seniors and often even by elderly authors. Here is the list of “Must Reads” for senior citizens.
Reinventing Myself: Memoirs of a Retired Professor by Marlys Marshall Styne: This book is a series of personal essays recounting experiences of Ms. Styne. In this book she advocates writing for everyone, and hopes to encourage people of all ages, especially her fellow senior citizens, to write.
Teacher Man: A Memoir by Frank McCourt: This book is about how McCourt’s thirty-year teaching career shaped his second act as a writer and is an urgent tribute to teachers everywhere. McCourt records the trials, triumphs and surprises he faces in public high schools around New York City.
I Speak of Simple Things by Donna G. Humphrey: Humphrey recorded her life in raw but lyrical poetry, beginning as a young mother during the 1940s and continuing to the time of her tragic death in 2005. After her funeral, her children found her poems in boxes, folders and drawers and put together this poetic memoir of Humphrey’s life.
PARK RIDGE: A Senior Center Murder by Cheryl Hagedorn: In this murder mystery the senior citizens as both the “good guys” and the “bad guys.” With a senior center as the setting, the conflict between the card players and the more active seniors who try to get them to participate in other activities brings may surprises.
One Last Dance: It’s Never Too Late to Fall in Love by Mardo Williams: This romance novel, features Morgan, 89, and Dixie, 79. It should be required reading for everyone involved in elder caregiving and everyone contemplating the issue of aging.
As We Are Now: A Novel by May Sarton: This book is a fictional journal of a retired teacher transferred to a rural nursing home. This novel reminds us of the inevitability of aging and death and the immensity of the caregiving responsibility.
Where River Turns to Sky by Gregg Kleiner: This novel about aging, life, and death is strangely compelling. It offers fascinating elder characters and many things to think about.
Seniorwriting: A Brief Guide for Seniors Who Want to Write by Marlys Marshall Styne: This book is a brief manual for senior citizens who want to record their valuable experiences and memories for themselves, their families, or posterity. It covers journaling and the benefits of personal writing to discover, to heal, and to reinvent.
Your Retirement, Your Way: Why It Takes More Than Money to Live Your Dream by Alan Bernstein: The author of this book leads the way to a new and dynamic definition of retirement. This book begins with this exciting premise: the more you clearly identify your own personal style, the more you will experience a powerful and fulfilling next chapter in your life.
How to Live Well Without Owning a Car: Save Money, Breathe Easier, and Get More Mileage Out of Life by Chris Balish: In this groundbreaking guide Balish exposes the true costs of car ownership and shows how car-free living can put anyone on the path to financial freedom. You will see how easy it is to transition to a car-free or car-lite lifestyle using the book’s strategies for commuting, running errands, taking trips, dating, socializing, and more.
Senior Moments: Getting the Most Out of Your Golden Years by David Wayne Silva: The aging process brings senior citizens both happiness and sadness. As seniors it is up to us to make these years the best years. This book helps senior men and women deal with physical and mental problems that accompany aging.
Senior Moments by Jacqueline D. Byrd: This book is based on weekly “Senior Moments” columns originally written for publication in the Bowie Blade-News. The book offers specific and useful advice for the post 50 crowd and those who may be called upon to care for them.
Leisure Daze by Mike Mihalek: This short, humorous novel set in a Florida retirement community is surprising and entertaining. It involves two seniors’ unexpected discovery of a large quantity of marijuana and the results of that discovery.
No! I Don’t Want to Join a Book Club: Diary of a Sixtieth Year by Virginia Ironside: This novel about turning 60 is filled with humor and irony as Marie Sharp comes to terms with family, friends, the past, and growing old.
My Funny Dad, Harry by Karen Arlettaz Zemek: This book presents an interesting picture of the author’s late father, a man who can only be described as a “character”: opinionated, determined, loyal, devoted, and yes, funny.
How Not to Become a Little Old Lady by Mary McHugh: This book is probably not inspiring, and it’s not a serious self-help book; however, any self-aware older woman with a sense of humor should find it an interesting quick read and the source of a few laughs.
I’m Too Young To Be Seventy: And Other Delusions by Judith Viorst: This book tackles the ins and outs of becoming a septuagenarian with usual wry good humor.
73 by Howard Englander: You know you’re getting older when your back goes out more than you do. What’s life like when the jokes about old age start applying to you! These revealing stories are must reading for every AARP member and baby boomer facing the future.
60 on Up: The Truth About Aging in America by Lillian B. Rubin: Part serious, part comic, these words reflect our ambivalence about aging in the twenty-first century. Is it a blessing or a curse?
On Being Ninety by J. G. Wicks: The author of this book sets out to show others what life is like at ages eighty and ninety and to share earlier adventures as a business traveler throughout the world.