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Women Rowing North

Narrated by: Suzanne Toren
Length: 8 hrs and 59 mins
Categories: Non-fiction, Gender Issues
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Publisher's Summary

From the New York Times best-selling author of Reviving Ophelia, a guide to wisdom, authenticity and bliss for women as they age.  

Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny and loss. Yet as Mary Pipher shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic and wise people they have always wanted to be.  

In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. 

'If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully,' Pipher writes, 'we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent.'

©2019 Mary Pipher (P)2019 Audible, Ltd

Critic Reviews

"Narrator Suzanne Toren's mature pitch and thoughtful phrasing are perfect for this memoir-like review of the various ways women transition into their later years. Her sensitive interpretation of this nuanced writing will make many listeners feel like they are being invited into the author's life as they hear her intelligent observations and advice.... Toren's touching performance is especially effective in capturing Mary Pipher's melancholy optimism, especially when reading candid stories from the author's own experiences." (AudioFile Magazine)

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Relevant to those who women are "over 65"

I am someone who is close to 70 and although this book was US-centric and I am an Australian there were relevant situations covered. Helpful.I did not learn much new other than we are all connected!


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  • Sara Johnson
  • 27-02-2019

Profound and Thoughtful

This book has so many quotable thoughts. So happy Pipher wrote this important book. Appreciate the perspective.

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  • Mary Beth In Brooklyn
  • 05-04-2019

Disappointing

The author belabors her points, going over them ad nauseum in the introduction. She relies excessively on personal anecdotal experience to make sweeping generalizations. Mary Pipher seems to have a wonderful life with several grandchildren and many activities despite her (to me) relatively minor disabling condtions. The women cited as examples seem to be smooth composites, not entirely believable. Everything ends in some satisfying resolution, unlike real life which is hard to resolve when the real challenges of aging come unanticipated and shockingly fast.
The reader does not seem to connect with the material, and the emotional and dynamic cadences are completely off. I found it very hard to tolerate her voice and condescending tone.

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  • L. Miller
  • 16-03-2019

glad I read it, but it was a slog

I kept thinking it would get better. the author seemed to want to make every single sentence as poignant as possible, thus diminishing the importance of some really good parts. But I am glad I read it anyway.
oh and the reader really dragged it out.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 01-03-2019

The narrator is a distraction

The material is very interesting, but unfortunately the narrator's unusual diction is very distracting and not at all what I would expect.

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  • Robin
  • 30-03-2019

Depressing

I was looking for inspiration but found this book depressing. Not a lot of light at the end of the tunnel. I had heard the author interviewed by Terry Gross. The interview was interesting, which is why I chose to listen to the book. To start, I didn't care for the voice of the narrator. The content was basically, you get old & die. Not the inspiration I was looking for.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 24-03-2019

Terrible narrator

Couldn’t finish the book because I just couldn’t listen to the narrator one minute more. Will be buying the printed version.

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  • NMwritergal
  • 24-03-2019

Enjoyable but I was hoping for…

…a little more insight and/or information about what’s in store for me when I hit my 70s. Unfortunately there was nothing I hadn’t already thought about. She told entertaining stories about women who were mostly retired between the ages of 65 and 75. And that was the one thing that rubbed me the wrong way. The book assumes the reader will actually have the money to retire. I’ll be working till I drop dead in front of my computer. There was one woman on Medicare and disability but all the rest were well off enough not to have to work, and I think that’s not going to be a reality for most of us.

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  • Monica McGrath
  • 10-03-2019

Worth the read, send it to your mom or your kids!

The tips are great. The background research terrific. The overdrawn stories don't add value and I was disappointed that a scholar of this depth would resort to the editor's suggestions about the need for more pages and more experiences.

The point she makes is very helpful for women heading into this phase of life, for their children, their bosses, and partners. Read it, skip the stories and the new age vibe.

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  • Rina B
  • 31-07-2019

This was well written and enjoyable.

It is excellent and relatable content for women. I am 52 and could relate and appreciate all generations in the story.

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  • Trisha
  • 01-07-2019

a philosopghy for all women

a book of thought and insight for all women interested in continued growth in aging

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