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Ashton Applewhite: “This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism”

Monday, March 18, 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm

From childhood on, we’re barraged by messages that it’s sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too—until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite’s journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life.

The book explains the roots of ageism—in history and in our own age denial—and how it divides and debases, examines how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of olders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and concludes with a rousing call to action. Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, this book will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life. Age pride!

Register via The Princeton Senior Resource Center for the opportunity to purchase This Chair Rocks at the event for a discounted rate.

Co-sponsored by the library, Labyrinth Books and the Princeton Senior Resource Center.

Details

Date:
Monday, March 18
Time:
4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
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Venue

Labyrinth Books
122 Nassau St.
Princeton, NJ 08542 United States
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Author
Staff Contact
Janie Hermann
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No
Summary
The author discusses her funny and deeply researched book tracing her journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and debunks myth after myth about late life. Explaining the roots of ageism in history and how it divides and debases, the book also offers a rousing call to action.
Co-Presenters
Princeton Senior Resource Council and Labyrinth Books
Informational Website
https://us.macmillan.com/books/9781250311481
Series
Library Live at Labyrinth
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Connections
Age Groups
Adult, All Ages, Kids, Teens
Status of Post
P - Ready for M to Edit