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Spending the kids’ inheritance (guilt-free)
Unlike their parents and grandparents, Zoomers show no inclination to worry about leaving much money behind. Not when there’s so much to spend it on today. Not surprisingly, they’re very unapologetic about it. There’s even an acronym – SKI’ing – Spending the Kids’ Inheritance. And of course, if you’re going to be a SKI’er, you might as well glory in it. Read an excerpt from The New Old: How the Boomers Are Changing Everything… Again (ECW Press 2008) by David Cravit. read »
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Invisible Bridge
Julie Orringer’s The Invisible Bridge
The passion of a complicated and abiding love, the unbreakable bonds of family and the ravages of a war that threaten to destroy it all: these are the themes of Julie Orringer’s big, old-fashioned love story set against the backdrop of wartime Paris and Budapest. read »
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A Mountain of Crumbs
Elena Gorokhova’s A Mountain of Crumbs
Elena Gorokhova’s lyrical and moving tale of growing up behind the Iron Curtain — and her discovery of the hidden truths of her mother, and her Motherland. read »
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Water for Elephants
Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants
Best-selling author Sara Gruen’s romantic and engrossing tale of star-crossed lovers is set in the wild and wonderful world of the circus circa 1932. read »
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 A Journey: My Political Life
Tony Blair’s A Journey: My Political Life
Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair writes about his fascinating journey and the difficult choices he faced during his ten years in office. read »
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Conversations with myself
Nelson Mandela’s Conversations with Myself
Mandela’s highly-anticipated memoir is a collection of notebooks, diaries, journals, and letters that he kept during his early anti-apartheid struggles and his long, 27-year-imprisonment on Robben Island. read »
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The Rembrandt Affair
Daniel Silva’s The Rembrandt Affair
In Silva’s latest thriller, master art restorer and assassin Gabriel Allon has retreated to the windswept cliffs of Cornwall with his Venetian-born wife Chiara. But his determination to sever his ties with the Office once and for all is short-lived when he receives a visitor from his tangled past. read »
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Changing my mind
Margaret Trudeau’s Changing My Mind
A Canadian icon gives readers a look into the events that shaped her turbulent life, including the loss of her son and struggle to overcome mental illness. read »
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Scott Turow’s Innocent
In this sequel to the landmark bestseller Presumed Innocent, Turow’s new legal thriller continues the psychological match between Rusty Sabich and Tommy Molto, following the mysterious death of Sabich’s wife. read »
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Distant Hours
Kate Morton’s The Distant Hours
In this romantic thriller, thirty-something Edie Burchill finds herself on a journey to Milderhurst Castle, a great but decaying old house, where her mother was billeted 50 years before as an teenage evacuee during the Blitz. read »
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Twenty Wishes
Debbie Macomber’s Twenty Wishes
A group of widows meet to celebrate Valentine’s Day — and they each start a list of things they’ve always wanted to do but haven’t had the chance. read »
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A Moveable Feast
Ernest Hemingway’s A Moveable Feast
Set in 1920’s Paris, an enchanting memoir of the pleasures, memories, experiences and observations of the expatriate life. read »
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It's All Too Much
Peter Walshit’s It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff

Looking to downsize or get organized this year? This guide examines the “clutter problem” and offers ways to tackle it — including a room-by-room guide to tackling “too much stuff.” read »
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Faith Club
The Faith Club by Ranya Idliby, Suzanne Oliver and Priscilla Warner
Three women from three different faiths — Judaism, Islam and Christianity — get together to discuss their faiths, feelings and customs. read »
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Good Heart
The Art Of Happiness In A Troubled World
By the Dalai Lama and Howard Cutler, this follow-up to The Art of Happiness seeks to answer one seemingly simple, yet complex question: How can we find happiness and meaning in our lives when the modern world seems such an unhappy place? read »
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Going Gray
Anne Kreamer’s Going Gray
Her story starts with a serious case of denial, complete with overly dyed hair and a strict regime of Botox. When she realizes she isn’t fooling anyone, she resolves to let her natural beauty shine through — silver tresses and all. However, this book is about more than hair: it’s a journey that explores aging, appearances and how we see ourselves. read »
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Five secrets you must discover before you die
John Izzo’s Five Secrets You Must Discover Before You Die
What if you could talk to more than two hundred people who have lived happy lives and asked them what their secrets are? That’s exactly what John Izzo did for a Biography Channel series in which he interviewed 230 people aged 60 – 106. The book captures what Izzo learned through his research about how to live a successful and happy life. (For a sneak-peak at the secrets, see 50Plus.com’s Q&A with Izzo in How to live a happy life.)
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The last Lecture
Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture
It’s a tradition for professors to give a “last lecture” to impart some final words of wisdom, but in Pausch’s case the event took on extra meaning. His lecture, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams”, wasn’t about his impending death from cancer. Instead, it was an inspirational speech about living that became a hit around the world. (For more inspiring reads, go here.)
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Wolf Hall
Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Lodge
Wolf Lodge, winner of the 2009 Man Booker Prize, is a rich, historical fiction that gives a new perspective on the court of Henry the VIII. While all the main players are present — Katherine of Aragon, Anne Boleyn, Thomas Wolsey, Thomas More, the Pope and others — the real focus is on the political genius of self-made agent Thomas Cromwell and the events of his breathtaking rise from personal disaster to power. read »
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House Rules
Jodi Picoult’s House Rules
Jacob Hunt is a teenage boy with Asperger’s Syndrome (AS). Like many people with AS, he has difficulty reading social cues and expressing himself. One day his tutor is found dead, and as part of a routine investigation, the police come to question him. Jacob responds to the questioning with some of the hallmark behaviors of Asperger’s – avoidance of eye contact, stimulatory tics and twitches, inappropriate responses to stressful situations – which can look like guilt to law enforcement personnel. As a result, Jacob is accused of murder. read »
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The Sentimentalists
Johanna Skibsrud’s The Sentimentalists
Giller winner Johanna Skibsrud talks with Zoomer Magazine in the heady hours after her win for The Sentimentalists, the novel inspired by her late father, a veteran of the Vietnam war. read »
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The Friday Night Knitting Club
Kate Jacobs’ Friday Night Knitting Club
Get out your yarn and needles, Zoomers! Knitting is making a steady comeback. The trend has broken free from any stigma as a hobby strictly for retired folk — knitting has entered the mainstream. It is a way of feeding the creative mind, with endless availability in colours and patterns. read »
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