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This Chair Rocks

By: Ashton Applewhite
Narrated by: Ashton Applewhite
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“Wow. This book totally rocks. It arrived on a day when I was in deep confusion and sadness about my age. Everything about it, from my invisibility to my neck. Within four or five wise, passionate pages, I had found insight, illumination, and inspiration. I never use the word empower, but this book has empowered me.” (Anne Lamott, New York Times best-selling author)

This program is read by the author.   

Author, activist, and TED speaker Ashton Applewhite has written a rousing manifesto calling for an end to discrimination and prejudice on the basis of age. 

In our youth obsessed culture, we’re bombarded by media images and messages about the despairs and declines of our later years. Beauty and pharmaceutical companies work overtime to convince people to purchase products that will retain their youthful appearance and vitality. Wrinkles are embarrassing. Gray hair should be colored and bald heads covered with implants. Older minds and bodies are too frail to keep up with the pace of the modern working world, and elders should just step aside for the new generation.     

Ashton Applewhite once held these beliefs, too, until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces her journey from apprehensive Boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. 

Explaining the roots of ageism in history and how it divides and debases, Applewhite examines how ageist stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of elders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and offers a rousing call to action.   

It’s time to create a world of age equality by making discrimination on the basis of age as unacceptable as any other kind of bias. Whether you’re older or hoping to get there, this audiobook will shake you by the shoulders, cheer you up, make you mad, and change the way you see the rest of your life. Age pride!

©2016 Ashton Applewhite (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

Critic Reviews

“Applewhite offers a fierce and funny yet practical and thoughtful manifesto on how such negativity can be combated on individual and societal levels. Offering much food for thought and abundant realistic steps to engender positive change, Applewhite's guide is an essential tool for enjoying healthy and happy aging.” (Booklist)

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life changing

It would not be too dramatic to say that Ms. Applewhite changed my life. I realized that the biggest offender of ageism in my life was ME. I was making my life smaller and less significant just because of the number on my birthday cake. I was consciously and deliberately plotting out my "old age" and is wasn't pretty.
I was making plans to retire from the best job I've ever had, just because I decided it was time, despite tremendous positive feedback from my bosses & coworkers.
Now I'm planning for at least another 6 years and couldn't be happier!
I have everything right now that I ever wanted in my life. "This Chair Rocks" opened my eyes that this is just the beginning of the best part of my life, not the beginning of the end.
I cannot recommend this book highly enough.

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Loved this book.

i am looking forward to listening to more of her books. She pulled no punches but who'd of liked that? I liked the book done in her voice.

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Learned I'm an age nonconformist!

Excellent book, well researched. Not a biggie, just strange to catch that every so often I could tell when Ashton had to go back and rerecord tiny parts of the narration because she had a cold,.

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Changed my view

I’m heading toward my 60th birthday with confidence. This book helps everyone, not just those Olders, to become self aware.

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Good listen overall w some good points

I enjoyed it but she too often went off topic into woke weeds. There are good points for individuals to consider, but too much pie in the sky overhaul the culture, government, language, etc.

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“Aged pride is for all of us”

I’m utterly transformed by this book. I plan on ordering ten copies for my Christmas list this year. It’s that good.
Ashton Applewhite has done her homework - and delivers a manifesto that reflects so much good research - and brilliant wisdom. She does it powerfully with humor, humility, and a bit of hubris. I’m fanboying here… and the “older” activist in me is not only woke, but chomping at the bit to get the world to stop the bullshit of ageism and age-phobia. Thank you, Ashton!
-59 years old, proud as f*ck, and again, utterly transformed.

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Oddly Smiling throughout

Going to commit this to memory!
This book came at a pivotal place in my life.
It had been a slap in the face moment prior to finding this remarkable fact filled book realizing what I had become ... ONWARD my Dad would have said and Thank you!

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This book is what it says it is: a manifesto

The author's confrontational approach to her subject detracts only somewhat from her message. I am an "older" in the author's terminology, and while my experience with aging seems to be quite different from hers, I am all for changing the way that "society" (such as it is) views and responds to aging. The author's facts are solidly researched and well presented, but she leaves little room for doubt that she is right, and, if you disagree with any part of her argument, that you are wrong. I listened to this audiobook concurrently with another book focusing on aging, Frank Ostaseski's "The Five Invitations." The approach of the two books could not be different. Ostaseski emphasizes the universality of the experience of aging, and of dying, while Applewhite's overall hypothesis is premised on the existence of "olders" as a separate identity group, and of "society" and "capitalism" as discrete forces deliberately aligned against just outcomes. Ostaseski's and Applewhite's perspectives certainly can and do coexist, but a dose of humility would not have diluted the power of Applewhite's arguments in the slightest.

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I appreciate this book so much!

There are so many topics about olders that I had not considered before, especially in our ageist society. I have a better understanding of being an older in training, and how focusing on better treatments of olders benefits everyone. Because everyone gets older in life.

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Disappointing

If you have never heard the word “agism” before and have no idea what it might be, this is the book for you. Anyone else with even a rudimentary understanding of the concept will find it too simple to be of value. Not a single new or fresh take here at all, to my great disappointment.