For me, reading about aging never seems to grow old. (And I can’t seem to resist writing about it!) In my last post, I reviewed a “how-to” book about aging (Women Rowing North).
Coming of Age: My Journey to the Eighties by Madeleine Kunin, is not a how-to-age book. Nor is it about politics. It is a former three-term governor of Vermont sharing her experience of growing old.
Now 85, Kunin is a woman who read the same feminist books I did in the sixties. Unlike me, she acted on what she read. She is still a role model for women seeking leadership roles and must be delighted to see so many new women leaders in our state and federal governments.
I read this book in an afternoon. It is completely charming. A newcomer to writing poetry, Kunin leads off each chapter with a relevant poem. The first, “No Longer” starts like with:
No longer will we make love
The book jacket is a recent photo-portrait of Kunin. There is a wise grin on her wrinkled face.