The Wisdom Whisperers

Golden Guides to a Long Life of Grit, Grace, and Laughter

Melinda Blau

Aug/2024, 224 Pages, Hardback, 5.5 x 8.5

ISBN-13: 9781640657137

From The New York Times bestselling co-author of Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, comes this poignant, hilarious, and deeply insightful exploration of how to make the most of life’s possibilities—at any age.

In this deeply personal and heartwarming book, acclaimed journalist Melinda Blau confronts the stereotypes surrounding life's later chapters, drawing from unexpected friendships with the remarkable women she affectionately dubs "my old ladies." Through intimate storytelling and candid reflections, Blau peels back layers of societal judgment to uncover the hard-earned wisdom and resilience that come with the unfolding of years.

From her relationship with Henrietta, a vibrant nonagenarian, Blau discovers that age is less a number and more the unexpected twists and turns of a life fully lived. Zelda, ever the free spirit, shows that the sparkle of youthful passion can persist well into later years—she's nailing tennis serves even in her 90s. And then there's Anne, a Holocaust survivor who proves that at 98, it's still not too late to pen your life story. Yet, Blau's book isn't simply a compilation of friendship tales. It's a wake-up call that encourages us to build meaningful connections across different phases of life. These bonds are mutually enriching, offering us valuable insights and a depth of understanding that is impossible to obtain from our contemporaries. 

At its heart, Wisdom Whisperers is about the boundless opportunities that unfold when we dare to look beyond age as a limiting factor.

Melinda Blau, author of more than four hundred articles and fifteen books, has spent a lifetime researching and writing about the importance of relationships. Our more intimate bonds are covered in her New York Times bestseller, Secrets of the Baby Whisperer, its two sequels, and Family Whispering, the book that inspired Blau’s Huffington Post advice column. Blau has been interviewed numerous times on NPR and has appeared on Oprah, Good Morning America, CBS news, the Hallmark Channel, and dozens of other talk shows and podcasts. She has also won multiple awards and commendations for her writing, including those from The American Society of Journalists (Author of the Year), the Jewish Book Council, the Association of Marriage and Family Therapy, the American Psychological Association, Children's Rights Council, and American Association of Applied and Preventive Psychology. Her ongoing podcast, Crow’s Feet: Life As We Age is dedicated to changing the conversation about getting older. She lives in Paris and New York City.

In a disconnected world, Melinda offers a simple yet rarely considered solution: make friendships with much-older people. This book artfully suggests these unlikely bonds could cure generational loneliness, bridge cultural divides and maybe even make the world a kinder place. Given many of us will be living in this world longer than ever, it's hard to imagine a more urgently needed message.—Rohit Bhargava, bestselling author and founder of Non-Obvious Company

In a world where people expect the worst in old age, Melinda Blau brings us the best. As a master storyteller, Blau draws on the voices of her ‘old ladies’ to evoke the triumph of late life and lives well-lived.  We are all growing older, and this book provides the inspiration to do it well.—Karen Fingerman, PhD, Professor of Human Development & Family Sciences and Director, Texas Aging & Longevity Consortium

The Wisdom Whisperers unlocks the secrets to a fulfilling life of resilience, grace, and laughter. Through poignant stories about her friendships with women in the last phase of their lives she shares timeless wisdom and inspires readers to embrace life's challenges with grit and humor.—Ellen Langer, Ph.D, author of The Mindful Body: Thinking our way to chronic health.

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