About the Books


A Steadfast Spirit: The Essence of Caregiving is a personal reflection on the realities of what it takes to be a caregiver. The author cared for many older relatives over more than 25 years. She offers insights into the stages of caregiving from the early beginnings to the final end. Readers will find comfort in knowing they are not alone in their caregiving journeys.







Aging In Places: Reflective Preparation for the Future describes the numerous and Agng in Places covercomplex places with which older adults interact in everyday life. Reaching beyond much of the literature on aging, this book tells us what getting older is truly like in the voice of an articulate senior. It presents the totality of who elders are and the rich, multifaceted aspects of their existence. It broadens the potential for life planning through reflections on our place in society and culture, communities and neighborhoods, the natural world, houses and homes, among families and friends, and finally, our relationship with ourselves. This book will help readers expand ideas about their future and offer a way to prepare in a constructive, mindful, and creative way.





The Outermost Cape: Encountering Time is a collaboration between writer Marian Leah Knapp and photographer Vivien Goldman. A conversation in word and image, the project brings together Goldman’s quiet, formally sharp images of the Cape Cod landscape and Knapp’s reflective essays, written in response to the photographs. Marian Leah Knapp lives in Newton MA and has a long-term relationship with the outermost Cape, especially Wellfleet. She writes about the fragility of our environment, the processes and promises of human aging, and caring for the people and things we cherish. She hopes that her reflections resonate with others who understand these life experiences.

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About Marian

Marian Leah Knapp, Ph.D., wants to start a new conversation about “aging with intent.” Much of what is written about elders is from the point of view of physicians, psychiatrists, gerontologists, and adult children. In her roles as author, columnist, speaker and elder activist, Marian is reporting from the front lines.
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