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Required Reading: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year

Stria Staff March 14, 2018
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Sixty: A Diary of My Sixty-First Year: The Beginning of the End, or the End of the Beginning?
By Ian Brown

As Ian Brown’s sixtieth birthday loomed, every moment seemed to present a choice: Confront, or deny, the biological fact that the end was now closer than the beginning. True, he was beginning to notice memory lapses, creaking knees, and a certain social invisibility — and yet, it troubled him that many people think of sixty as “old,” because he rarely felt older than at forty.

An award-winning writer, Brown instead chose to notice every moment, try to understand it, capture it . . . all without panicking. Sixty is the result: Brown’s uncensored account of his sixty-first year, and, informed by his reportorial gifts, his investigation of the many changes — physical, mental, and emotional — that come to all of us as we age. (From the publisher)