The Second Half: Forty Women Reveal Life After Fifty
Sarah LambE-book: $32.95
|E-book ISBN 13:|
|E-book Publication Date:||03/15/2022|
|Cloth ISBN 13:|
|Cloth Publication Date:||03/15/2022|
A frank, honest, and insightful look into the lives of women over fifty.
The Second Half explores, in photographic portraits and interviews, how the second half of life is experienced by women from many different cultures. From a French actress to a British novelist, from an Algerian nomad to a Saudi Arabian doctor, and an American politician, Ellen Warner traveled all over the world to interview women about their lives. She asked them what they learned in the first half that was helpful in the second, and what advice they would give to younger women.
Their revealing and inspiring stories are enlightening for all readers, and are illustrated by Warner’s stunning portraits which tell their own story.
We need to celebrate women for not wrinkles but laugh lines. We need to see our-selves changing and growing. If that means looking older—celebrate it. Experience is as beautiful as youth. These (words and) pictures are meant to teach us that every stage of life has its own enchantment.
--Erica Jong ,from the Foreword
The faces of the women in this book, deeply etched by experience and by sorrow and yet alight with life and hope, are an enduring tribute not only to Ellen’s genius as a photographer but also to the personal qualities that give her subjects the freedom to reveal who they really are.
--Pat Barker ,novelist
Ellen Warner’s powerful and moving portraits and interviews show us what we need to know: how extremely diverse women envision the second half of women’s lives, and the wide-ranging perspectives they offer to share with us, the fortunate readers.
--Professor Elaine Pagels ,historian
Warner’s book beautifully reflects the challenges and opportunities of growing older in an ageist culture. The depictions of older women’s complexity, diversity, and resiliency offer a wonderful resource for all of us—including younger people—in our age-segregated society.
--Joan Ditzion, MSW ,and Judy Norsigian, co-founders of Our Bodies Ourselves
The diverse and inspiring stories in Ellen Warner’s The Second Half are as powerfully written as they are stunningly photographed, and superbly curated. Each face, each life, each page fills you with hope, and takes your breath away.
--Nandana Sen ,writer, actor, activist
Ellen Warner’s photographs are deeply narrative, and in this book we are presented with a remarkable enhancement to those images: the real narratives.
--Tim Gunn ,author, actor, Project Runway mentor
Ellen Warner began her career as a photojournalist in 1969. Her photographs have been published in numerous newspapers and magazines and exhibited extensively. Over the years, she has developed a specialty of author portraits and has worked for most publishing houses in New York and London. She has also written travel articles, which have been published in the New York Times and Travel and Leisure in the U.S.A., and in The Traveller in the U.K.