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Reviewed by Alyssa Elmore for Readers' Favorite
Wisdom of A Life Well-Lived by Ethel Pearson Levine is a compilation of articles beautifully written by a woman who has seen two world wars, a depression, and so much more. This book is a loving tribute to Ethel, a one hundred and one-year-old woman who truly has wisdom to share. Growing up in the '20s, Ethel's way of thinking may be different, but it is a breath of fresh air in this generation. With many helpful articles written for seniors, there are still many that could help anyone in need of some wise advice. Written in first-person, this book is friendly and helpful. It addresses issues such as moving to a new home, making friends, kindness, losing a spouse, and so much more.
I was surprised at the author's love and positivity. Living through as much as she had, her courage and laughter can still be seen through her writing. Although I am relatively young, I found gems of wisdom that I can apply in my life, regardless of whether the article was age-specific or not. I could certainly see this book helping seniors adjust to a life less independent, though, it could also help younger generations look at things from a totally different perspective. I would recommend this book to seniors and children of seniors as it can smooth the road for parent and child to adjust to their newly reversed roles. Although this book is more of a what-to-do when you are no longer one-hundred-percent independent, it is the perfect book to read when you simply need the wisdom of a grandmother.