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Gray Love: Stories About Dating and New Relationships After 60 By Nan Bauer-Maglin (Editor), Daniel E. Hood (Editor), Nan Bauer-Maglin (Contributions by), Daniel E. Hood (Contributions by), Cynthia McVay (Contributions by), Susan Ostrov Weisser (Contributions by), Phyllis Carito (Contributions by), Neil Stein (Contributions by), Jonathan Ned Katz (Contributions by), Laura Broadwell (Contributions by), Stephanie M. Brown (Contributions by), Elizabeth Locke (Contributions by), Candida B. Korman (Contributions by), Amy Rogers (Contributions by), Margie Kaplan (Contributions by), Alice F. Freed (Contributions by), Hedva Lewittes (Contributions by), Rett Zabriskie (Contributions by), Irvin Peckham (Contributions by), William Wiesner (Contributions by), Natasha Josefowitz (Contributions by), Phyllis Bogen (Contributions by), Erica Manfred (Contributions by), Judith Ugelow Blak (Contributions by), Linda Wright Moore (Contributions by), Jean Y. Leung (Contributions by), Jan Jacobson (Contributions by), Stephanie Speer (Contributions by), David Levy (Contributions by), Sandi Goldie (Contributions by), Jim Bronson (Contributions by), Vincent Valenti (Contributions by), Stacey Parkins Millett (Contributions by), Eugene Roth (Contributions by), Isabel Hill (Contributions by), Doris Friedensohn (Contributions by), Paul Lauter (Contributions by), Susan O’Malley (Contributions by), Barbara Abercrombie (Contributions by), Susan Bickley (Contributions by), Sarah Dunn (Contributions by), Mimi Schwartz (Contributions by), Bonnie Fails (Contributions by), Angela Page (Contributions by), Tierl Thompson (Contributions by), Idris Walters (Contributions by), Dustin Beall Smith (Contributions by) Cover Image

Gray Love: Stories About Dating and New Relationships After 60 (Hardcover)

By Nan Bauer-Maglin (Editor), Daniel E. Hood (Editor), Nan Bauer-Maglin (Contributions by), Daniel E. Hood (Contributions by), Cynthia McVay (Contributions by), Susan Ostrov Weisser (Contributions by), Phyllis Carito (Contributions by), Neil Stein (Contributions by), Jonathan Ned Katz (Contributions by), Laura Broadwell (Contributions by), Stephanie M. Brown (Contributions by), Elizabeth Locke (Contributions by), Candida B. Korman (Contributions by), Amy Rogers (Contributions by), Margie Kaplan (Contributions by), Alice F. Freed (Contributions by), Hedva Lewittes (Contributions by), Rett Zabriskie (Contributions by), Irvin Peckham (Contributions by), William Wiesner (Contributions by), Natasha Josefowitz (Contributions by), Phyllis Bogen (Contributions by), Erica Manfred (Contributions by), Judith Ugelow Blak (Contributions by), Linda Wright Moore (Contributions by), Jean Y. Leung (Contributions by), Jan Jacobson (Contributions by), Stephanie Speer (Contributions by), David Levy (Contributions by), Sandi Goldie (Contributions by), Jim Bronson (Contributions by), Vincent Valenti (Contributions by), Stacey Parkins Millett (Contributions by), Eugene Roth (Contributions by), Isabel Hill (Contributions by), Doris Friedensohn (Contributions by), Paul Lauter (Contributions by), Susan O’Malley (Contributions by), Barbara Abercrombie (Contributions by), Susan Bickley (Contributions by), Sarah Dunn (Contributions by), Mimi Schwartz (Contributions by), Bonnie Fails (Contributions by), Angela Page (Contributions by), Tierl Thompson (Contributions by), Idris Walters (Contributions by), Dustin Beall Smith (Contributions by)

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Gray Love narrates stories about the most common themes – searching for and (perhaps) finding love. Forty-five men and women between ages 60 and 94 from diverse backgrounds talk about dating, starting or ending a relationship, embracing life alone or enjoying a partnered one. The longing for connection as old age encroaches is palpable here, with more and more senior singles searching online. Those who find new partners explore issues that most relationships encounter at any age, as well as some that are unique to elder relationships. These include having had previous partners and a complicated and deep personal history; family and friends’ reactions to an older person’s dating; alternative models to marriage (such as sharing space or living apart); having more than one partner at the same time; one’s aging body, appearance, and sexuality; and the pressure of time and the specter of illness and death.

NAN BAUER-MAGLINis Professor Emerita at the City University of New York. She has published eight collections (six with coeditors) on topics such as step-families, retirement, feminism, death, dying and choice, and older parenting. Her latest book is Widows’ Words: Women Write on the Experience of Grief, The First Year, The Long Haul, and Everything In Between.
 
DANIEL E. HOOD is a retired professor of sociology. He taught at several New York Metro area schools for four decades. His latest book is Redemption and Recovery: Parallels of Religion and Science in Addiction Treatment.  His memoir essay, “Better Late Than Never,” was recently published in Tick Tock: Essays on Becoming a Parent After 40.

Product Details ISBN: 9781978827264
ISBN-10: 1978827261
Publisher: Rutgers University Press
Publication Date: January 13th, 2023
Pages: 316
Language: English
"Everything you wanted to know about late-life dating and mating...and then some, from wide-ranging personal accounts."
— Susan Gubar

"These are fresh, new voices that give dignity, pathos, humor, and warmth to the search for love, or finding love, in the third or fourth quartile of life. This is a book that people of a certain age should read--but also people who will, I hope, reach a certain age--because they should know that love and passion can exist way beyond reproductive years."
— Pepper Schwartz

"Cupid’s got a lousy sense of humor. We just keep longing for romance and companionship—even in our nineties. Love’s a drive--like thirst and hunger. And this book shows the yearning (and resignation) among older folks with touching delicacy and exquisite sophistication. It’s a treasure."
— Dr. Helen Fisher

"An inspiring collection of personal stories from individuals seeking emotional and physical relationships in their later years. Their honest, insightful, and poignant narratives are a worthwhile addition to age studies."
— Ellyn Lem

"Stories are written from the perspective of 32 women and 13 men [and] contributors range in age from 59 to their 90s. This is not a how-to-date volume but one exploring different viewpoints for consideration...[C]ompanionship never wanes, even with age."
— Library Journal, starred review

"These are fresh, new voices that give dignity, pathos, humor, and warmth to the search for love, or finding love, in the third or fourth quartile of life. This is a book that people of a certain age should read--but also people who will, I hope, reach a certain age--because they should know that love and passion can exist way beyond reproductive years."
— Pepper Schwartz

"Cupid’s got a lousy sense of humor. We just keep longing for romance and companionship—even in our nineties. Love’s a drive--like thirst and hunger. And this book shows the yearning (and resignation) among older folks with touching delicacy and exquisite sophistication. It’s a treasure."
— Dr. Helen Fisher

"Everything you wanted to know about late-life dating and mating...and then some, from wide-ranging personal accounts."
— Susan Gubar

"An inspiring collection of personal stories from individuals seeking emotional and physical relationships in their later years. Their honest, insightful, and poignant narratives are a worthwhile addition to age studies."
— Ellyn Lem