Dear Mary Pipher,
I'm writing you this TC Love Letter to tell you how much I LOVED reading Women Rowing North. I had the opportunity to read the advance reader copy and couldn't wait for its pub date. On January 15th, when we got your books up on the floor, I happily wrote a Shelf Talker so that women my age, browsing the New Nonfiction Hardcovers in the Colfax Tattered Cover store, might pick it up and have their lives impacted by your book like mine was.
Being in your demographic, I identified with so much of what your wrote about.....how aging women tend to feel set aside, discounted, even forgotten. Our bodies and minds begin to fail us and it's all too easy to begin to shut down. Yet while you take all the issues we face and effectively name and unpack them, you also tell us that we don't have to let cultural biases overshadow the last decades of our lives. There are lots of things we can -and should -do for ourselves to prevent those biases from seeping into our spirits. And I so love that and thank you for boldly saying so in your book. You have given us lots of resources and strategies to employ, but more than that you have given people like me a grounding and sense that I can remain strong and energetic for the long view. You've helped me remember to say prayers of gratitude for my mother and grandmothers and their mothers and grandmothers for the strong women they were. But best of all, Mary, you reminded me of the treasure I have in my children and grandson and that I continue to be important to them and have much more I can contribute to their lives.
I wish you all the best, Mary. Continue enjoying the intense, joyful, painful, complicated, and beautiful life you write about.