Review in WOW: Women’s Older Wisdom

Please check out this wonderful review of The Book of Old Ladies and the terrific blog site, WOW: Women's Older Wisdom. I so appreciate this conversation, and very much enjoyed guest attending Pat's class and hearing her wisdom and that of her amazing students whose stories moved and inspired me.

Interview in the Mills Quarterly

I am really pleased with this wonderful article about "The Book of Old Ladies" & my spring class Coming to Age with Mills students and elders from the Downtown Oakland Senior Center. I love its inclusion of so many Mills voices! A Future for Old Women Professor Emerita Ruth Saxton offers alternate visions for “coming…

In which I am invited to Guest Blog

I was invited to Guest Blog for "Read Her Like An Open Book"As I approached my sixtieth birthday, I began to notice that in the books I included on the syllabus for my popular course “Contemporary Fiction by Women,” none of the protagonists were anywhere near my age. Instead, women my age were secondary characters,…

Exclusive Excerpt in The Rumpus

  Read an exclusive excerpt from the book in the Rumpus "In her famous essay on fiction and the role of the modern novel, “Mr. Bennett and Mrs. Brown,” Virginia Woolf claims that the task of the novelist is to catch in words the old lady in the railway carriage. This book is the result…

EXPECTATIONS

Today, I will share some about my recently completed class with Mills students and Oakland seniors. This past week, reading the students’ reflections on the course blog and listening to their final project presentations at our final Zoom session, and hearing from the seniors, reminded me just how much all of us—students, seniors, and I…