Lessons, Inspiration, and Advice from Women over 50
by Grace Bonney
This title was previously available on NetGalley and is now archived.
Pub Date 09 Nov 2021 | Archive Date 12 Oct 2021
Artisan Books, Artisan
POWERFUL WISDOM FROM THE ELDERS OF OUR COMMUNITIES
In this rich and multilayered collection of interviews, conversations, and intimate photographs, over 100 trailblazing women describe the ups, downs, and lessons learned while forging their unique paths. Collective Wisdom celebrates the stories of those who have been there and know the road—from an Olympic athlete and a NASA team member to award-winning artists, activists, writers, and filmmakers, from women in their fifties to centenarians.
This book is a tribute to the importance of intergenerational connections between women, with interviews conducted by daughters, friends, mentors, and colleagues. Collective Wisdom creates a living, breathing sense of community—a space where all of us can gather, listen, share, and learn.
With Grace Bonney's signature instinct for gathering a diversity of perspectives, Collective Wisdom will foster intergenerational conversation and communication, spark book club discussions, and serve as a meaningful Mother's Day gift and graduation gift for years to come.
“Collective Wisdom is the magic we all hold deeply and pass on from generation to generation. Sharing it with the world is the lifework of Grace Bonney. Her careful weaving of excellent humans and harvest of words is a true art unto itself. Keep this book close by your side.”
—Genevieve Gorder, interior designer and host of Dear Genevieve and Genevieve’s Renovation
“Grace Bonney’s new book is a soulful treatise that emphatically proves that life—and living—gets better as you go. In a world that has historically worshiped youth, Collective Wisdom triumphantly reveals how artists, journalists, filmmakers, activists, chefs, tribeswomen, dancers, and even the oldest National Park Service Ranger in the US have created lives of authenticity, beauty, power, and meaning.”
—Debbie Millman, writer, designer, and host of the podcast Design Matters
“Reading Collective Wisdom gives me life and inspiration. The intimate stories of survival, self-love, confidence, and reinventing oneself after 50 or older left a mark on me that makes me want to keep dreaming and evolving no matter how many years I am over 50, 70—heck, 90. I was left feeling like there’s so much to look forward to.”
—Carla Hall, chef and author of Carla Hall’s Soul Food
Average rating from 4 members
Collective Wisdom is a fantastic photo/coffee table book. The focus is on interviews with over 100 women who are all outstanding in their fields. Each woman is beautifully photographed with blurbs explaining why they are known. There are interview questions, quotes, life lessons and words of wisdom to be passed along to the reader. All of the women are known or recognized in their specialties or communities although I was only aware of three of them. They represent women who are activists, artists, educators, writers, chefs etc. One of my favorites is the oldest National Park Ranger at the age of 100. In several cases the book highlights two women who share a common interest and friendship although there maybe be decades of differences in their ages. I was especially happy the book is inclusive and diverse with many minorities and ethnicities represented. The words of wisdom and life lessons are worth reading as is viewing the lovely photographs. I like that this didn't focus on celebrities although many are award winners in their fields. This is great book for women of any age. It especially celebrates aging and the wisdom that comes with it. Thank you NetGalley and Artisan Books for a temporary ARC ebook in exchange for an honest review.