Glorious Freedom : Older Women Leading Extraordinary Lives
by Congdon, Lisa







Introduction7(4)
Lisa Congdon
"The Swell," an essay
11(4)
Caroline Paul
Profile of Beatrice Wood
15(1)
Interview with Jennifer Hayden
16(7)
Profile of Vera Wang
23(1)
Interview with Christy Turlington Burns
24(5)
Profile of Louise Bourgeois
29(2)
"Because Love Let Me Be," an essay
31(4)
Jennifer Maerz
Interview with Emily Kimball
35(6)
Profile of Sensei Keiko Fukuda
41(2)
"Roaring Over the Tiptoe," an essay
43(5)
Heather Armstrong
Interview with Stephanie Young
48(5)
Profile of Laura Ingalls Wilder
53(1)
"The Unexpected, Exhilarating Freedom of Being Single at 41," an essay
54(5)
Glynnis MacNicol
Profile of Minnie Pwerle
59(3)
Interview with Paola Gianturco
62(7)
Profile of Julia Child
69(2)
"True Roots," an essay
71(6)
Ronnie Citron-Fink
Profile of Mary Delany
77(1)
Interview with Cheryl Strayed
78(5)
Profile of Sister Madonna Buder
83(1)
Interview with Zoe Ghahremani
84(6)
"Girl, You Don't Know Nothing," an essay
90(5)
Tara Rodden Robinson
Profile of Carmen Herrera
95(1)
Interview with Fay Westenhofer
96(5)
Profile of Helen Gurley Brown
101(1)
Interview with Della Wells
102(7)
Profile of Angela Morley
109(1)
"When They Arrived," an essay
110(5)
Shauna James Ahern
Profile of Eva Zeisel
115(1)
Interview with Ilona Royce Smithkin
116(5)
Profile of Anna Arnold Hedgeman
121(1)
Interview with Debbie Millman
122(9)
Profile of Grandma Moses
131(1)
Interview with Dara Torres
132(5)
Profile of Katherine Johnson
137(1)
"Are You with Me?," an essay
138(5)
Chrissy Loader
Profile of Marguerite Duras
143(1)
Interview with Betty Reid Soskin
144(6)
Acknowledgments150(1)
Bibliography150(2)
Credits152


The glory of growing older is the freedom to be more truly ourselves—with age we gain the liberty to pursue bold new endeavors and worry less about what other people think. In this richly illustrated volume, bestselling author and artist Lisa Congdon explores the power of women over the age of forty who are thriving and living life on their own terms. Profiles, interviews, and essays from women—including Vera Wang, Laura Ingalls Wilder, Julia Child, Cheryl Strayed, and many more—who've found creative fulfillment and accomplished great things in the second half of their lives are lavishly illustrated and hand-lettered in Congdon's signature style. The perfect gift for women of all ages, A Glorious Freedom celebrates extraordinary lives and redefines what it means to gain wisdom and maturity.





Lisa Congdon is an author, illustrator, and fine artist. Her other books include Whatever You Are be a Good One; Art, Inc.; Fortune Favors the Brave; and The Joy of Swimming, also from Chronicle Books. She lives in Portland, Oregon. You can see more of her work at www.lisacongdon.com.





Stephanie Young started medical school at age 53. Seventy-four-year-old Fay Westenhofer found her passion for distance walking when she was in her sixties. Competitive swimmer Dara Torres staged an Olympic comeback at age 41. Like author Laura Ingalls Wilder, chef Julia Child, and social-advocate Anna Arnold Hedgeman, these women either didn't discover, or didn't indulge, their life's passion until they reached or passed middle age. At a time when the cultural norm deems women in their forties and beyond to be less-than-fully-contributing members of society, Young, Westenhofer, Torres, and others illuminated in Congdon's revelatory spotlight experienced an epiphany that inspired them to finally pursue lifelong dreams. Overcoming emotional trauma, battling physical setbacks, and challenging naysayers, these intrepid women bravely defied convention. Through crystalline profiles, probing interviews, and candid essays, the remarkable women celebrated in Congdon's vibrantly illustrated collection trace the genesis of their journeys of self-discovery and offer stirring words of encouragement to any woman, of any age, longing for personal, professional, creative, or emotional fulfillment. Copyright 2017 Booklist Reviews.






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