Check It Out: Eighty is Excellent

Submitted by J. Johnston on Wed, 04/13/2022 - 08:43

I have a family member turning eighty this month, and you know what? Reaching the excellent age of eighty is no small feat! As I get older, reaching decade milestones whether I want to or not, I find that there is a great gift in aging. Sure, there are aches and pains that weren’t there when I was younger (don’t get me started on hip pain!), but there is much to appreciate. My personal relationships are rich and rewarding, and I no longer have to endure the slings and arrows of unrequited love. I have learned to except myself, warts and all as they say, and my life is not guided by the opinions of others. Growing older is liberating—something I never would have imagined when I was in my tender 20s.

To honor the occasion of an 80th birthday—an age I hope all of us have the ability to experience (plus many more)—I am devoting this week’s reading list to books that include “80” in the title. And because I am super theme-oriented (aka “book nerd”), this reading list has eight titles. By the way, octogenarians are octabulous!

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This is just a small sampling of the many new titles added each week to the Fort Vancouver Regional Library District collection. Find more in our catalog, or call (360) 906-5000 to reserve titles or find additional listings.

Jan Johnston, Collection Manager
Fort Vancouver Regional Libraries

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A version of this column was published in the Sunday, April 10, 2022 edition of The Columbian newspaper.

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