Let's change attitudes about aging.
A practicing Buddhist for over thirty years, Hollis Giammatteo has sought experiences that would challenge her practice, from teaching a method of writing to working with the elderly. She co-founded, managed, and wrote plays for The Wilma Theater in Philadelphia, PA and for Rhode Island Feminist Theater. Hollis has published in a variety of magazines: Prairie Schooner, The North American Review, Ms., Calyx, Vogue, and Women’s Sports and Fitness, among others. She has also been granted an NEA, awarded a residency at the Cottages at Hedgebrook, and received a PEN/Jerard Award, honoring “a distinguished nonfiction work-in-progress for an emerging woman writer,” for her work On the Line: Memoir of a Peace Walk.
Praise For The Shelf Life of Ashes
Hollis Giammatteo’s alternately painful and poignant memoir is specific in the story it tells – of
a woman who had to fight to achieve the name she was born with – but its revelations ripple
out in a wide circle to take us in. Watching her learn to love what she must reject is riveting and what she discovers about aging and acceptance is resonant. The Shelf Life of Ashes brings us a fierce, funny and wise voice well worth listening to.
Rosellen Brown, author of Before and After
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 the author 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
Hollis Giammetteo has assembled a multi- dimensional memoir about aging that encompasses her professional work with the elderly, her Buddhist spiritual practice, her own confrontation with life- threatening illness, as well as her own dying mother. On the way she introduces us to many memorable characters and situations, bringing to vivid life all the complexities, challenges, and gifts of growing old. Readers who are themselves aging, or are caring for someone who is, will discover many inspiring lessons.
Lewis Richmond, author of Aging as a Spiritual Practice
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