A bestseller on all lists—New York Times, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, Publishers Weekly—Women Rowing North by Mary Pipher is Gramercy’s August book club selection. This latest book by the author of Reviving Ophelia, is a guide to wisdom, authenticity, and bliss for women as they age. To facilitate this book club discussion is Dr. Janette McDonald, a member of the psychology faculty at Capital University.
Women growing older contend with ageism, misogyny, and loss. Yet as Mary Pipher shows, most older women are deeply happy and filled with gratitude for the gifts of life. Their struggles help them grow into the authentic, empathetic, and wise people they have always wanted to be.
In Women Rowing North, Pipher offers a timely examination of the cultural and developmental issues women face as they age. Drawing on her own experience as daughter, sister, mother, grandmother, caregiver, clinical psychologist, and cultural anthropologist, she explores ways women can cultivate resilient responses to the challenges they face. “If we can keep our wits about us, think clearly, and manage our emotions skillfully,” Pipher writes, “we will experience a joyous time of our lives. If we have planned carefully and packed properly, if we have good maps and guides, the journey can be transcendent.”
Author Mary Pipher is a psychologist specializing in women, trauma, and the effects of our culture on mental health, which has earned her the title of “cultural therapist” for her generation. Dr. McDonald studies the development of human consciousness and self-awareness as a preface to, or a part of, philosophy, and also has extensive training in end-of-life care with a particular focus on bereavement and grief.