Black Friday has come and gone, but anyone still needing to pick up a gift for a woman they love is in luck. Ageless Women, Timeless Wisdom: Witty, Wicked and Wise Reflections on Well-Lived Lives by Dr. Lois P. Frankel and illustrated by Lisa Graves is available as a paperback.
This gorgeous 182-page book collects advice, reflections, and memories from women of all walks of life. Dr. Frankel decided to focus the book on women from the age of seventy and up, including a few centenarians. These woman encompass a wide range of human experience and come from a multitude of economic, religious, educational, and ethnic backgrounds.
In her introduction she lays out the guiding principle of the book:
Unfortunately most people tend to lump all older women into the same homogenous pile when nothing could be further from the truth. They are as different in maturity as they were in their youth. … Social-minded young women become mature women who volunteer for hospice or teach immigrant women how to read… adventurous young women continue to seek challenges to conquer. The stories I collected from women around the world reflect these differences in temperament, background, experiences, and interests.
These quotes appear alongside snippets of biographical information to provide context to what these women have to share with the rest of us.
The book itself is beautiful. The text is lifted and highlighted by Lisa Grave’s beautiful illustrations throughout the stories. You can find more links to Grave’s work on her History Witch Facebook page.
The photos, typefaces, layout, and art come together as a lovely book that would make a great gift this year. If I had my wish, Frankel and Graves would adapt this book into a daily quote calendar. I would totally buy that.
And if you buy a copy for yourself… which you totally should… there is an added bonus in the form of 6 beautifully designed pages to record some wisdom from ‘an Ageless Woman in Your Life.’
Just a few of my favorite quotes are shown below: