Taking a Stand Lecture Series: John Leland - Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old
Author and New York Times reporter John Leland will be interviewed about his book Happiness is a Choice You Make: Lessons From a Year Among the Oldest Old. In 2015, when the award-winning journalist John Leland set out on behalf of The New York Times to meet members of America’s fastest-growing age group, he anticipated learning of challenges, of loneliness, and of the deterioration of body, mind, and quality of life. But the elders he met took him in an entirely different direction. Despite disparate backgrounds and circumstances, they each lived with a surprising lightness and contentment. The reality Leland encountered upended contemporary notions of aging, revealing the late stages of life as unexpectedly rich and the elderly as incomparably wise. His book is an enduring collection of lessons that emphasizes, above all, the extraordinary influence we wield over the quality of our lives. With humility, heart, and wit, Leland has crafted a sophisticated and necessary reflection on how to “live better”―informed by those who have mastered the art.
Copies of his book will be available for sale by Browseabout Books and Mr. Leland will sign copies.
Registration is requested. Sign up online, by calling the library at 302-645-2733, or stopping by the Circulation Desk. Walk-ins are welcome.
This lecture series is co-hosted by the Lewes Public Library and Topical Seminars. Topical Seminars is a bi-monthly meeting of members of our community interested in participating in sessions of informed discourse on a variety of topics. The goal is to have a shared learning experience that will improve the social capital of our community.
- Saturday, August 3, 2019
- 6:00pm - 8:00pm
- Large Meeting Room East, Large Meeting Room West
- Lewes Public Library