A woman travels around the world in search of wisdom.
In our modern, Western, youth-worshipping culture, getting older has become something to be feared and denied. Once past fifty, many women feel obliged to lie about their age, resort to face lifts or liposuction, or simply turn in on themselves, feeling that life has nothing more to offer.
But there is another way, as Allegra Taylor has discovered. We can learn to welcome the changes in ourselves, and start celebrating the freedom, confidence and wisdom that come with age.
In this fascinating and inspiring book, Allegra Taylor goes on a remarkable journey in search of what it means to be a wise old woman. Her quest takes her all over the world, from America and Polynesia to Australia and India. She stays with an Apache cattle rancher in Arizona, and a woman chief in the Cook Islands. She meets an English village witch and an American design consultant with a PhD in Creative Ageing.
In the course of her travels she discovers a great deal about herself as well as the countries she visits. Above all, she discovers that wisdom is essentially having the courage to be who you are, to speak and to listen, to risk and to dare, to love and to let go.