*** New Life, No Instructions by Gail Caldwell

New Life, No Instructions is a new memoir by the author, who had previously written about her best friend’s death in Let’s Take the Long Way Home. In this book, she writes movingly and with great humor of a hip replacement that came a little too late, as physicians (and the patient) were focused on the sequels of polio she suffered as a child rather than a prosaic consequence of age. Along the way she writes, movingly, of her mother who provided thoughtful support throughout her entire life, her best friend, and her dogs, the new one who forced her to admit that she needed to do something about her leg, and the old one who is still misses. A short and enjoyable meditation on aging, friends, and willpower.


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