Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age

Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age

by Mary Pipher


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The instant New York Times bestseller from the author of Reviving Ophelia—a guide to wisdom, authenticity, and bliss for women as they age.

Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet as Mary Pipher shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be.

In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. “If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully,” Pipher writes, “we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent.”

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781632869609
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 01/15/2019
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 9,305
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.40(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author

Mary Pipher is a psychologist specializing in women, trauma, and the effects of our culture on mental health, which has earned her the title of “cultural therapist” for her generation. She is the author of four New York Times bestsellers, including Reviving Ophelia, The Shelter of Each Other, Another Country and most recently, Women Rowing North. She lives in Lincoln, Nebraska.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1

I Challenges of the Journey

1 A New Stretch of the River 14

2 The Lay of the Land 26

3 The Worn Body 37

4 Intensity and Poignancy 53

5 Caregiving 60

6 Swept Away 69

7 Loneliness and Solitude 83

II Travel Skills

8 Understanding Ourselves 98

9 Making Intentional Choices 109

10 Building a Good Day 122

11 Creating Community 135

12 Crafting Resplendent Narratives 147

13 Anchoring in Gratitude 160

III The People on the Boat

14 Travel Companions 174

15 Co-Captains 184

16 The Lifeboat of Family 195

17 Grandchildren 206

IV The Northern Lights

18 Moon River: Authenticity and Self-Acceptance 220

19 The Long View 231

20 Everything Is Illuminated 241

Acknowledgments 252

Index 253

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Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I highly recommend this book for all women approaching 60 and beyond 60. Ms. Pipher's book about aging hits the mark. There are some things I don't agree with her but she does touch upon many issues that women experience as they age. I especially liked the chapters in Travel Skills. Easy to read and not overly analyzing. The book would be a good women's book club. Though the women need to be open minded in their discussions.
SheTreadsSoftly More than 1 year ago
Women Rowing North: Navigating Life's Currents and Flourishing As We Age by Mary Pipher is a highly recommended examination of the issues facing aging women. Pipher tackles the cultural, personal, social, and developmental issues and challenges women face as they age and explores ways women can cultivate happiness through their responses. She shares stories from women in a variety of circumstances, backgrounds, and economic circumstances, and demonstrates how their struggles result in them becoming authentic, empathetic, and wise people. The summary of her encouraging advice is that happiness is a choice and skill set you can develop as you live a life of authenticity, gratitude, and adapting In Women Rowing North Pipher doesn't shy away from the problems older women face, including health issues, ageism, loneliness, misogyny, lookism, caregiving, and loss. She notes that: "Old women in America suffer a social disease. For us, ageism may be an even more serious challenge than aging." She offers practical advice and suggestions as she shares the stories of the various women interviewed and featured along with her own personal journey in the book. She purposes that: "One of the great gifts of our later years is the possibility of authenticity....which comes from growing out of fears into wholeness." She divides the book into three sections. The first section deals with the challenges that may face aging women. The second discusses the skills women need to navigate aging, with the ability to adapt being pivotal. The third section discusses the importance of relationships. Pipher realistically points out that, "We do not need to like all of our family members. Who does? Especially as we get older, we can select the people who we want to consider as family....No matter what our families are like or how difficult people are to get along with, we can almost always find at least one person to love." Pipher has a calm, affirming writing style and this book should have a wide appeal to women approaching or in their sixties and beyond. While her advice won't apply to every aging woman, it does provide a platform for individuals to chart their own course, set boundaries, confront obstacles, and make their way through this time of life. "We can set priorities and separate the essential from the nonessential. We can ask, 'Am I spending my time in accordance with my values?'... Each of us has the freedom to decide what is essential." Disclosure: My review copy was courtesy of Bloomsbury
Anonymous 8 months ago
Very intuitive with warmth an understanding. Reminder that we are not alone as we deal with the challenges and disappointments that come with the changes of life. Good suggestions as to how to be our best selves and to take time for our own nurturing and still support those around us. Great reminder that our female relationships are extremely important, whether well established or just beginning. Thank you for sharing your deep incite into women of all ages, especially for those of us aging and finding new paths.
Anonymous 9 months ago
Easy read , enjoyable and honest.
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This is a very helpful book that is full of good suggestions to help with some issues unique to older women. I bought two copies; I'm keeping one and giving one to my sister who is in her early 60s. I would highly recommend it.