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Vanity Fair columnist Michael Kinsley escorts his fellow boomers through the door marked “Exit.”

The largest age cohort in history—the notorious baby boomers—is approaching the end and starting to plan their final moves in the game of life. Now they are asking: What was that all about? Was it about acquiring things or changing the world? Was it about keeping all your marbles? Or is the only thing that counts after you’ve gone the reputation you leave behind?

In this series of essays, Michael Kinsley uses his own battle with Parkinson’s disease to unearth answers to questions we are all at some time forced to confront. “Sometimes,” he writes, “I feel like a scout from my generation, sent out ahead to experience in my fifties what even the healthiest Boomers are going to experience in their sixties, seventies, or eighties.”

This deeply affectionate book is at once a fresh assessment of a generation and a frequently funny account of one man’s journey toward the finish line. “The least misfortune can do to make up for itself is to be interesting,” he writes. “Parkinson’s disease has fulfilled that obligation.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Hilarious…Witty…If it’s possible for a book about illness and death to be delightful, this one fills the bill.”

    New York Times Book Review

  • “Wickedly funny…Among all the books published in recent years about old age and dying, it would be hard to find one that is more fun to read than Old Age.”

    Washington Post

  • “Kinsley brings wisdom and artfully suppressed anger, wistful humor, well-pitched prose, and the bite of the thinker against the pretenses of the world.”

    Wall Street Journal

  • “A wise and edgy guide to old age…A humorous but penetrating look at the issues the baby-boomer generation should consider as it confronts life’s last phase.”

    Seattle Times

  • “Kinsley…reads the foreword and introduction of his surprisingly uplifting meditation on aging. When narrator Danny Campbell takes over, his tone and vocal maturity sound a lot like Kinsley’s. Adding the appealing texture of his utterly authentic phrasing, Campbell’s performance is ideal for this intelligent book…With Danny Campbell reading, the book’s message acquires the power to captivate…Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award.”


  • “[A] satisfying examination of the importance of ‘long years of good health, not long years simply breathing in and out.’"

    Kirkus Reviews

  • “Throughout, Kinsley showcases his fine writing, tackling a potentially depressing subject with a mixture of humor and serious reflection.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Editor’s Choice
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Time Magazine Pick for the Best Books of 2016 So Far
  • Winner of an AudioFile Earphones Award
  • #1 Washington Post Bestseller
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