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Publisher Description

“Heartfelt and ever-endearing—equal parts information and inspiration. This is a book to keep by your bedside and return to often.”—Amy Dickinson, nationally syndicated advice columnist "Ask Amy"

More than one thousand extraordinary Americans share their stories and the wisdom they have gained on living, loving, and finding happiness.

After a chance encounter with an extraordinary ninety-year-old woman, renowned gerontologist Karl Pillemer began to wonder what older people know about life that the rest of us don't.

His quest led him to interview more than one thousand Americans over the age of sixty-five to seek their counsel on all the big issues: children, marriage, money, career, aging. Their moving stories and uncompromisingly honest answers often surprised him. And he found that he consistently heard advice that pointed to these thirty lessons for living. Here he weaves their personal recollections of difficulties overcome and lives well lived into a timeless book filled with the hard-won advice these older Americans wish someone had given them when they were young.

Like This I Believe, StoryCorps's Listening Is an Act of Love, and Tuesdays with Morrie, 30 Lessons for Living is a book to keep and to give. Offering clear advice toward a more fulfilling life, it is as useful as it is inspiring.

Health, Mind & Body
November 10
Penguin Publishing Group

Customer Reviews

DavidComposer ,

Life Changing

I've begun to make changes in my life based off this inspirational book. I learned that the most important thing in life are personal relationships, whether it be at work, with a spouse, with children, or with friends.

Get the book, and change your life.

SamHallenberg ,

Fantastic book!

I made it a point early on in my life to learn as much as possible from those around me who are older... Unfortunately in the last 10-20 years I've gone away from that practice. Enter this wonderful book filled with decades, centuries, of wisdom! I loved this book and will recommend it to everyone I know!

DblGG ,


A marvelous resource for people of all ages that helps guide us in our personal quest of answering life's questions. To be shared with sons and daughters as well as those preparing to enter their later years of living.

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