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Author: James A. Michener
"MICHENER IS AMERICA'S BEST WRITER." — --The Pittsburgh Press — In his stunning new novel, bestselling novelist James A. Michener draws on his unparalleled gift for storytelling, his deep understanding of American society, and his own life experiences to illuminate the challenges of aging and the folly of youth in a Florida retirement home known a...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780449223451
ISBN-10: 0449223450
Publication Date: 10/30/1995
Pages: 544
  • Currently 3.4/5 Stars.

3.4 stars, based on 30 ratings
Publisher: Fawcett
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette
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reviewed Recessional on + 211 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 3
Michener is one of my favorite all time authors. This was a great book; I am envious of the talent he had and was sad to see him pass on a few years ago. I like Michener so much I even visited him museum in PA.
u-bassguy avatar reviewed Recessional on
Helpful Score: 2
This book reveals some of the workings of retirement homes as is in the style of James Michener's other novels, i.e. Hotel, Airport, etc. The many characters are interesting, lovable and rascally.
reviewed Recessional on + 12 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
not the normal Michner book I enjoyed it beeing a senior citizan
rxtheresa avatar reviewed Recessional on + 27 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
This is one of my favorite books of all time. I gave a copy of it to a psychiatrist friend of mine who deals in geriatric psychiatry. The psychology of the retirement home is interesting since many of us will live in one someday. One of the most humorous scenes I remember in the book is how the breakdown of the soft serve ice cream machine was a major tragedy for the residents. I could relate to that. LOL
amijackie avatar reviewed Recessional on + 16 more book reviews
Helpful Score: 2
Great read- deals well with end of life issues, as well as presenting a view of healthy aging. There are several stories within the story - I really enjoyed it.
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reviewed Recessional on
I found this book very hard to read. It seemed to be a series of "soapbox" vignettes loosely tied together by a poor plot. Probably should not have been my first Michener read.
tammy1986d avatar reviewed Recessional on + 9 more book reviews
This books shows us that even in our golden years there is still alot of life to live. The elderly people where shown as people with important jobs, some of them still doing these jobs even in there 70 and 80.
It also shows us that even when young and disfigured in the prim of life, there is hope and love and life for use to live.