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  • Little, Brown US

Wise Women

Joyce Tenneson

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Photographs: collections, Photographs: portraits, True crime, Prose: non-fiction

A book of touching portraits, by acclaimed photographer Joyce Tenneson, shows a new vision of what it means to be an elder in this new millennium.

In ancient times older women were the keepers of primal mysteries and were revered for their special wisdom. Today our culture is reawakening to the power of our elders and there is a new interest in this important part of our life cycle.
For this very special book Joyce Tenneson travelled throughout America to photograph and interview women ages 65 to 100. What she found was a revelation - women who were vital, energetic and deeply beautiful inside and out. Many confided in her that they had never been happier or as in touch with their inner self. The eighty portraits in the book are of women from all walks of life, from the famous, such as Sandra Day O'Connor, Julie Harris, Lily Tomlin, Jessica Tandy, Lauren Bacall and Angela Lansbury, to the familiar - our mothers and grandmothers.
Tenneson's compelling and compassionate portraits are each accompanied by short poignant statements by these remarkable women about the experience of aging. WISE WOMEN is a heartfelt book that speaks to the grace and wisdom of our elders. No one who sees this book will think about aging in the same way again.

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