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  • ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year Ended June 30 1927. by (Abbott, C. G., Acting Secretary.)
    (Abbott, C. G., Acting Secretary.)
    ANNUAL REPORT OF THE BOARD OF REGENTS OF THE SMITHSONIAN INSTITUTION Showing the Operations, Expenditures, and Condition of the Institution for the Year Ended June 30 1927.

    Edition: First edition.

    Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1928. Hardcover first edition - In addiiton to the annual reports of the various departments and museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution, this includes many articles on scientific discoveries and natural history, with a focus on modern astronomy the evolution of 20th century physics;. Incuded are articles on Isaac Newton by Professor Albert Einstein; the nucleus of the atom; the centenary of Augustin Fresnel; the coming of the new coal age; geologic romance of the Finger Lakes; fossil marine faunas as indicators of climactic conditions; paleontology and human relations; at the North Pole by Lincoln Ellsworth; soaring flight (gliding) by Wolfgang Klemperer, bird banding in America; the distribution of fresh-water fishes;…

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    Washington, D.C.: United States Government Printing Office, 1928. Hardcover first edition - In addiiton to the annual reports of the various departments and museums that make up the Smithsonian Institution, this includes many articles on scientific discoveries and natural history, with a focus on modern astronomy the evolution of 20th century physics;. Incuded are articles on Isaac Newton by Professor Albert Einstein; the nucleus of the atom; the centenary of Augustin Fresnel; the coming of the new coal age; geologic romance of the Finger Lakes; fossil marine faunas as indicators of climactic conditions; paleontology and human relations; at the North Pole by Lincoln Ellsworth; soaring flight (gliding) by Wolfgang Klemperer, bird banding in America; the distribution of fresh-water fishes; the evidence of man's bearing on evolution; the origins of Chinese civilization; archaeology of China; Indian villages on southeast Alaska; the interpretation of aboriginal mounds by means of Creek Indian customs; Friedrich Kurz, artist-explorer; note on the principles and process of X-ray examination of paintings; lengthening of human life in retrospect and prospect; Charles Doolittle Walcott; William Healey Dall; and more. Illustrated with many plates, including one fold-out plate and one in color, as well as numerous entexte figures, maps, and charts.Index, xii 580 pp.

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    Condition: Very good in dark green cloth (rubbing to the lettering on the spine, but a sturdy and clean volume.)

    Book ID: 52017
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  • VISITORS. by Brookner, Anita.
    Brookner, Anita.
    VISITORS.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Random House, (1998) dj. Hardcover first edition - An outwardly simple, but penetrating exploration of what happens when an older woman's quiet resignation to fate is shattered by a younger visitor. 242 pp. ISBN: 0-679457852.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 64444
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  • IMPERFECT ENDINGS: A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death. by Carter, Zoe FitzGerald.
    Carter, Zoe FitzGerald.
    IMPERFECT ENDINGS: A Daughter's Tale of Life and Death.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2010) dj. SIGNED hardcover - The author's first memoir, which won first place in the 2008 Pacific Northwest Writer's Association's literary contest. "After twenty years of living with terminal illness, Zoes mother decided to end her lifeand asked her three daughters for their assistance. For months, the decision drags on as her mother changes her methods and schedule, and the negotiations stir up old memories, sibling rivalries, and questions about family loyalty." A controversial but warm and sometimes even funny book which deals with the issues at the center of the debate on assisted suicide. SIGNED on the title page. 256 pp. ISBN: 978-1439148242.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 76111
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  • THE PLUM TREE. by Chase, Mary Ellen.
    Chase, Mary Ellen.
    THE PLUM TREE.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Macmillan, 1949. dj. Hardcover first edition - The flowering plum tree outside the Home for Aged Women stands as a symbol of the hope and love brought to this institution by the matron and a nurse. 98 pp.

    Condition: Very good in a good dust jacket (bookplate on front pastedown, some chips and edgewear to dj, peeled spot on front cover)

    Book ID: 83395
    Keywords: aging, Women Authors
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  • THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE. by Freed, Lynn.
    Freed, Lynn.
    THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, (2017) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of sometime provocative and always entertaining essays, primarily on traveling and writing, but also on aging (and writing), growing up in South Africa under apartheid, marriage, and much more. SIGNED on the title page. 208 pp. ISBN: 978-1619029279.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71535
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  • THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE. by Freed, Lynn.
    Freed, Lynn.
    THE ROMANCE OF ELSEWHERE.

    Edition: First printing.

    Berkeley, CA: Counterpoint, (2017) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - A collection of sometime provocative and always entertaining essays, primarily on traveling and writing, but also on aging (and writing), growing up in South Africa under apartheid, marriage, and much more. INSCRIBED on the title page. 208 pp. ISBN: 978-1619029279.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 71536
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  • SMART COOKIES DON'T CRUMBLE: A Modern Woman's Guide to Living and Loving Her Own Life. by Friedman, Sonya.
    Friedman, Sonya.
    SMART COOKIES DON'T CRUMBLE: A Modern Woman's Guide to Living and Loving Her Own Life.

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Putnam, (1985) dj. Hardcover first edition - A book which "exposes the rationales s that keep women from taking the chances, from grabbing the opportunities that could change their lives" at any age. Based on both the author's personal stories and the narratives of other women from her years as a psychologist. 252 pp. ISBN: 0-399-130403.

    Condition: Very near fine in a like dustjacket.

    Book ID: 61342
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  • THE HANDS OF STRANGERS: Poems from the Nursing Home. by Harrington, Janice N.
    Harrington, Janice N.
    THE HANDS OF STRANGERS: Poems from the Nursing Home.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Rochester, New York: BOA Editions Ltd., 2011. First edition - The author's second collection of poems (her first won several awards), one which "focuses on the sad, funny, mundane reality of life in a nursing home. In her own words, Janice N. Harrington worked her way through college as a nurses' aide and wrote The Hands of Strangers because she 'cannot forget the 'girls' I worked with or the 'residents' under my care. I haven't forgotten what I saw, heard, felt, or learned.'" American Poets Continuum Series #130. 75 pp. ISBN: 978-1934414545.

    Condition: Fine in illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 75889
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  • SIMON'S NIGHT by Hassler, Jon
    Hassler, Jon
    SIMON'S NIGHT

    Edition: First printing.

    New York: Atheneum, 1979. dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - The somewhat uncommon second novel by the author of 'Staggerford." SIGNED on the front endpaper (a clear and legible early signature.) 312 pp.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket (crease to front flap of dj.)

    Book ID: 46032
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  • KING OF THE ROAD. by Hemphill, Paul.
    Hemphill, Paul.
    KING OF THE ROAD.

    Edition: First printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, 1989. dj. Hardcover first edition - The story of a old trucker determined to make one last long haul from Alabama to Nevada. Dust jacket praise from Johnny Cash, Harry Crews and Olive Ann Burns who described this as "the triumphant story of a stubborn, unreconstructed old truck driver with redneck attitudes who bulls his way across America in defiance of age and retirement." 296 pp. ISBN: 0-395-498600.

    Condition: Near fine in near fine dust jacket (bookplate)

    Book ID: 65449
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  • ANGELICA'S GROTTO. by Hoban, Russell.
    Hoban, Russell.
    ANGELICA'S GROTTO.

    Edition: First US printing.

    New York: Carroll & Graf, (2001.) dj. Hardcover first edition - Another "wildly inventive novel" by the author of 'RIiddley Walker' and 'Pilgermann' - this one set very much in the present. The Independent' s review described it as "an intelligent book about contemporary life, its technologies, sexual politics and urban culture, together with searing honesty about the sexual imaginings of an old man." 271 pp. ISBN: 0-786708786.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 40091
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  • SHOOTING THE BOH : A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo. by Johnston, Tracy.
    Johnston, Tracy.
    SHOOTING THE BOH : A Woman's Voyage Down the Wildest River in Borneo.

    Edition: Second printing, a trade paperback original.

    New York: Vintage Books, (1992). SIGNED - An account of a 3-day rafting voyage down an uncharted section of the Boh River in Borneo, where journalist Tracy Johnston knew little in advance of the adventure she had signed up for - including treacherous rapids, foot rot, leeches, swarms of sweat-eating of bees, swimming cobras and more. In addition, she learned what it was like to be a woman adventurer on the wrong side of forty. INSCRIBED on the half title page "To - Here's to many more adventures in mid-life. PS. Thanks for your leech stories." 256 pp. ISBN: 0-679740104.

    Condition: Very good (usual toning to the pages, crease on back cover)

    Book ID: 81797
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  • DAILY BREAD. by Kaminsky, Marc; Photographs by Leon Supraner.
    Kaminsky, Marc; Photographs by Leon Supraner.
    DAILY BREAD.

    Edition: First printing.

    Urbana: University of Illinois Press, (1982). SIGNED hardcover first edition - Poems and photographs which celebrate aging. "Drawing on both his own family history and the immigrant history of New York's Jewish community, Kaminsky gives voice to the protest and despair, endurance and dignity, courage and creativity of those who struggled toward survival and reconciliation near the borders of death." Foreword by Robert N. Butler. Black and white photographs by Leon Supraner. INSCRIBED by Kaminsky on the front endpaper and dated in 1985. Glossary. Large square format. 149 pp plus final photograph. ISBN: 0-252010000.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75853
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  • WHEN I AM AN OLD WOMAN I SHALL WEAR PURPLE. by Martz, Sandra, editor; Jenny Joseph, foreword.
    Martz, Sandra, editor; Jenny Joseph, foreword.
    WHEN I AM AN OLD WOMAN I SHALL WEAR PURPLE.

    Edition: Second edition.

    Watsonville, CA: Papier-Mache Press, (1991) dj. Hardcover - Classic anthology of stories and poems on women aging, illustrated with many black and white photographs of older women. This edition includes a new foreword by Jenny Joseph, the author of 'Warning' which begins with the line which is the title of this book, and an afterword by the publishers. 181 pp plus afterword, notes on the contributors and publisher's ads. ISBN: 0-918949-15-7.

    Condition: Fine in near fine dust jacket. Slightly oversized format.

    Book ID: 58642
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  • ON TOP OF SPOON MOUNTAIN. by Nichols, John.
    Nichols, John.
    ON TOP OF SPOON MOUNTAIN.

    Edition: First printing.

    Albuquerque: University of New Mexico Press, (2012) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Award-winning writer's 20th book, 12th novel. Both sad and funny, this is the story of an aging man, with a bad heart, asthma and more, determined to once again, on his 65th birthday, climb Spoon Mountain with his two grown children. INSCRIBED on the front endpaper "To -- please always remember that on the top of every mountain there is always another mountain beckoning you to climb higher" with a doodle around his signature, dated in 2013. 223 pp. ISBN: 978-0826352705.

    Condition: Fine in fine dust jacket.

    Book ID: 75353
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  • LOVE, HONOR & HANG ON. by Owens, Thelma.
    Owens, Thelma.
    LOVE, HONOR & HANG ON.

    Edition: First printing.

    Pasadena CA: Ward Ritchie Press, (1976) dj. SIGNED hardcover first edition - Humorous advice written for women on how to survive your husband's retirement - includes helpful suggestions on diverse topics such as hobbies, housing, hypochrondria, grooming, late-blooming romances, double beds, and budget management. While a lot of this seems dated now, it does contain some good practical advice - like taking a separate vacation and an argument that there should not be a mandotory retirement age. SIGNED on the front endpaper "with best wishes" and dated in 1977. 126 pp. ISBN: 0-378021559.

    Condition: Near fine in very good dust jacket (name on front endpaper, some rubbing and wear to the dj)

    Book ID: 76451
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  • YOUNG WOMEN PAST FORTY: A Modern Sex and Health Primer of the Critical Years. by Podolsky, Edward, M.D.
    Podolsky, Edward, M.D.
    YOUNG WOMEN PAST FORTY: A Modern Sex and Health Primer of the Critical Years.

    Edition: Hardcover.

    New York: Herald Publishing Company (National Library Press), (1934.). Hardcover - Although modern women do not need to be reassured that their life is not over at age 40, this book still contains some useful advice as well as unintentional humor, along with a vivid reminder of just how far we have come in the past 75 years. 250 pp. Uncommon.

    Condition: Very good in light green cloth with yellow lettering (stamp of prev owner, lacking the dj.)

    Book ID: 43721
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  • EARLY BIRD: A Memoir of Premature Retirement. by Rothman, Rodney.
    Rothman, Rodney.
    EARLY BIRD: A Memoir of Premature Retirement.

    Edition: 1st trade paperback printing.

    New York: Simon & Schuster, (2006). A book which is both funny and sad. The author, burnt out at twenty-eight, decides to retire early. He travels to southern Florida, where he moves in with an elderly piano teacher at a retirement community that is home to thousands of senior citizens. This is "an irreverent, hilarious, and ultimately warmhearted account of Rodney's journey deep into the heart of retirement. Rodney struggles for acceptance from the senior citizens he shares a swimming pool with and battles with cranky octogenarians who want him off their turf." Includes a brief epilogue not found in the hardcover edition. 241 pp. ISBN: 0-743270584.

    Condition: Near fine (some toning to the pages)

    Book ID: 70252
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  • KATE QUINTON'S DAYS. by Sheehan, Susan.
    Sheehan, Susan.
    KATE QUINTON'S DAYS.

    Edition: 2nd printing.

    Boston: Houghton Mifflin, (1984) dj. Hardcover - Adetailed look at the life of an 80 year old woman, an Irish immigrant used to hard work and being independent, who now faces illness and dependency - the focus is on the services it took to keep her out of a nursing home and in her own apartment. 158 pp. ISBN: 0-395-362202.

    Condition: Very near fine in a near fine dustjacket.

    Book ID: 61339
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  • THE EVENING LIGHT: Poems. by Skloot, Floyd.
    Skloot, Floyd.
    THE EVENING LIGHT: Poems.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original.

    Ashland, OR: Story Line Press, (2001). First edition - A collection of poems by this award-winning writer which "probe the depths of extended illness, of love, of perseverance in the face of disaster, of the healing power of music and of art." 85 pp. ISBN: 1-586540009.

    Condition: Fine in glossy illustrated wrappers.

    Book ID: 75903
    Keywords: aging, illness, Poetry
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  • NOAH'S COMPASS. by Tyler, Anne.
    Tyler, Anne.
    NOAH'S COMPASS.

    Edition: Uncorrected proof (trade paperback format. )

    New York: Alfred A. Knopf, 2009. dj. First edition - A novel by this author whom John Updike called "wickedly good" - the story of a schoolteacher, forced to retire at 61, coming to terms with the rest of his life. With an announced first printing of 300,000 copies, this advance issue is much less common than the trade edition. 276 pp.

    Condition: Fine in printed blue wrappers with the art from the dust jacket cover bound in.

    Book ID: 66982
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  • Weaver, Frances.
    MIDLIFE MUSINGS Plus Sundry Sonnets From the Porch.

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original, not issued in hardcover.

    Saratoga Springs, NY: Midlife Musings, (1985.). SIGNED first edition - The author's first book. Frances Weaver, a columnist and National Public Radio commentator, was widowed when she was in her mid-50s, with four grown children, Weaver quickly learned that to make the most out of her remaining years, she had to change her life dramatically - she moved back east, to the Adirondacks, from Colorado, returned to college, became a 'professional kite flyer' and began writing her upbeat columns. The advice she offers in these books is directed primarily to middle-class women who find themselves in a similar situation. Stating that "boredom is ninety-nine percent self-inflicted," she stresses the importance of making oneself, rather than family or married friends,…

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    Saratoga Springs, NY: Midlife Musings, (1985.). SIGNED first edition - The author's first book. Frances Weaver, a columnist and National Public Radio commentator, was widowed when she was in her mid-50s, with four grown children, Weaver quickly learned that to make the most out of her remaining years, she had to change her life dramatically - she moved back east, to the Adirondacks, from Colorado, returned to college, became a 'professional kite flyer' and began writing her upbeat columns. The advice she offers in these books is directed primarily to middle-class women who find themselves in a similar situation. Stating that "boredom is ninety-nine percent self-inflicted," she stresses the importance of making oneself, rather than family or married friends, the focus of future activities, and recommends education and travel as ways to develop new interests. Illustrations. 87 pp. ISBN: 0-9617930-07.

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    Condition: INSCRIBED on the title page 'For the Scruggs Girls.' Very good in stiff illustrated covers.

    Book ID: 30909
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  • Weaver, Frances.
    SPEAKING OF THE GIRLS. . .

    Edition: First printing, a trade paperback original, not issued in hardcover.

    Colorada Springs, CO: Century Press (1986.). SIGNED first edition - The author's second book. Frances Weaver, a columnist and National Public Radio commentator, was widowed when she was in her mid-50s, with four grown children, Weaver quickly learned that to make the most out of her remaining years, she had to change her life dramatically - she moved back east, to the Adirondacks, from Colorado, returned to college, became a 'professional kite flyer' and began writing her upbeat columns. The advice she offers in these books is directed primarily to middle-class women who find themselves in a similar situation. Stating that "boredom is ninety-nine percent self-inflicted," she stresses the importance of making oneself, rather than family or married friends,…

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    Colorada Springs, CO: Century Press (1986.). SIGNED first edition - The author's second book. Frances Weaver, a columnist and National Public Radio commentator, was widowed when she was in her mid-50s, with four grown children, Weaver quickly learned that to make the most out of her remaining years, she had to change her life dramatically - she moved back east, to the Adirondacks, from Colorado, returned to college, became a 'professional kite flyer' and began writing her upbeat columns. The advice she offers in these books is directed primarily to middle-class women who find themselves in a similar situation. Stating that "boredom is ninety-nine percent self-inflicted," she stresses the importance of making oneself, rather than family or married friends, the focus of future activities, and recommends education and travel as ways to develop new interests. Illustrations. 109 pp. ISBN: 0-9617930-15.

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    Condition: INSCRIBED on the title page 'For the Scruggs Girls.' Good in stiff illustrated covers (some dampstaining to back cover near spine, crinkling of pages.)

    Book ID: 30910
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