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Books For Summer Reading To Inspire All Ages

Books For Summer reading to inspire all ages

Conversations with Samantha Love Your Skin

Author:  Patricia Young

A mother of a biracial child shares a message of self-love. Having emigrated from Jamaica as a child, author Patricia Young understands racism. However, it wasn’t until she had a biracial child that she fully experienced the effects of skin color. Born from poignant conversations with Young’s daughter, Conversations with Samantha aims to tackle societal pressures on conformity and reinforce the beauty of being uniquely and wonderfully made.


A Ride to Remember: A Civil Rights Story

Authors: Sharon Langley and Amy Nathan and Illustrated by Floyd Cooper

In this inspiring children’s picture book based on a true story, African American author Sharon Langley narrates how she was born in Baltimore near Gwynn Oak Amusement Park, which was desegregated soon after her birth. When young Sharon’s parents explain to her that in past years people like them weren’t welcome in the park, she doesn’t understand. Was it because they couldn’t afford tickets or because they lived too far away? Her parents explain the hard reality that it was because of their skin color.






GRANDLOVING  Making Memories with Your Grandchildren

Authors: Sue Johnson, Julie Carlson & Elizabeth Bower

Now in its 5th edition, GRANDLOVING – Making Memories with Your Grandchildren Babies to Teens – Near or Far. Grand Loving is the winner of eight national parenting books awards. You can be the grandparent that every child wants. With Grandloving’s heartfelt ideas you’ll connect, bond, and grow closer to your grandchildren. This book features hundreds of engaging, low-cost activities to do together whether they live around the corner or across the globe.

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A Grandparent’s Wisdom for a Happy Life

Author:  Charles Johnson

An award-winning MacArthur Fellow novelist, philosopher, literary scholar, screenwriter, professor emeritus shares stories from his life with his six-year-old grandson, Emery, weaving in advice and life lessons that stand the test of time. GRAND is a profound and indispensable compendium for new grandparents and growing grandchildren alike.







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A holistic view of life’s third age

Authors:  Ken Dychtwald, Ph. D. and Robert Morison

Through 99 percent of human history, life expectancy at birth was less than 18 years. Few people had a chance to age. Today, thanks to extraordinary medical, demographic, and economic shifts, most of us expect to live long lives.

Dychtwald and Morison offer an incomparable guide to help us all understand the challenges and opportunities of a new generation of retirees and how they can live longer, more productive and purposeful lives. This book is an essential re-think of what ‘aging’ and ‘retirement’ mean today and an invitation to help mobilize the best in the tidal wave of Boomer Third Agers. Read this book and better understand on how to capitalize on the new opportunities and challenges brought on by this age wave.



Wisdom @ Work

The Making of a Modern Elder 

Author:  Chip Conley

Part manifesto and part playbook, Wisdom@Work ignites an urgent conversation about ageism in the workplace, calling on us to treat age as we would other types of diversity. In the process, Conley liberates the term “elder” from the stigma of “elderly,” and inspires us to embrace wisdom as a path to growing whole, not old. Whether you’ve been forced to make a mid-career change, are choosing to work past retirement age, or are struggling to keep up with the millennials rising up the ranks, Wisdom@Work will help you write your next chapter.

In a world that venerates the new, bright, and shiny, many of us are left feeling invisible, undervalued, and threatened by the “digital natives” nipping at our heels. But Conley argues that experience is on the brink of a comeback. Because at a time when power is shifting younger, companies are finally waking up to the value of the humility, emotional intelligence, and wisdom that come with age.




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Christine Crosby

About the author

Christine is the co-founder and editorial director for GRAND Magazine. She is the grandmother of five and great-grandmom (aka Grandmere) to one. She makes her home in St. Petersburg, Florida.

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