The Shelf Life of Ashes

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The Shelf Life of Ashes

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"Wit and wisdom are the accompanying guides in Hollis Giammatteo's well-written and fully engaging memoir about aging and death. Richly spiritual yet solidly grounded, the author guides us through her quirky and humorous vignettes of self-discovery.  As we travel together we find ourselves maturing along with her into these perennial truths. This book is highly recommended for anyone seeking deeper understanding of our basic human condition." 
-RODNEY SMITH, Buddhist teacher and author of Lessons from the Dying and Awakening: A paradigm shift of the heart
 

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Confronted by an importuning mother 3,000 miles away who thinks her end is night, while herself feeling ambushed by impending middle age, Hollis Giammatteo determines to find The Map of Aging Well. Trips home, traumas triggered, identity in crisis, equanimity gained- this quasi-comic, concentrated journey engages the reader in the process of naming and facing the tasks involved in growing older, while asking, if put in a spiritual context, can aging be "done" well?