From New York Times bestselling author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning—now a TV series developed by Amy Poehler and Scout Productions—a book of humorous and charming advice for embracing life and aging joyfully.
In her international bestseller The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning Margareta Magnusson introduced the world to the Swedish tradition of döstädning, or “death cleaning”—clearing out your unnecessary belongings so others don’t have to do it for you. Now, unburdened by (literal and emotional) baggage, Magnusson is able to focus on what makes each day worth living. In her new book she reveals her discoveries about aging—some difficult to accept, many rather wondrous. She reflects on her idyllic childhood on the west coast of Sweden, the fullness of her life with her husband and five children, and learning how to live alone. Throughout, she offers advice on how to age gracefully, such as: wear stripes, don’t resist new technology, let go of what doesn’t matter, and more.
As with death cleaning, it’s never too early to begin. The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly shows all readers how to prepare for and understand the process of growing older and the joys and sorrows it can bring. While Magnusson still recommends decluttering (your loved ones will thank you!), her ultimate message is that we should not live in fear of death but rather focus on appreciating beauty, connecting with our loved ones, and enjoying our time together.
Wise, funny, and eminently practical, The Swedish Art of Aging Exuberantly is a gentle and welcome reminder that, no matter your age, there are always fresh discoveries ahead, and pleasures both new and familiar to be encountered every day.
Margareta Magnusson is, in her own words, aged between 80 and 100. Born in Sweden, she has lived all over the world. Margareta graduated from Beckman’s College of Design and her art has been exhibited in galleries from Hong Kong to Singapore. She has five children and lives in Stockholm. She is the author of The Gentle Art of Swedish Death Cleaning and The Swedish Art of Aging Well.
“. . . This gem of an audio is meant to be savored . . . Throughout it all, Natascha McElhone’s intimate delivery creates a cozy, just-between-friends atmosphere. VERDICT Magnusson’s wisdom combined with McElhone’s narration is an unbeatable combination. Recommend widely to listeners looking to embrace the aging process while enjoying every bit of goodness along the way.”
– Sarah Hashimoto, Library Journal
"The title of this audiobook focuses on a topic most listeners don’t want to discuss. But narrator Natascha McElhone’s delightful performance will have listeners laughing and appreciating the delights of aging through the eyes of a woman who knows how to do it. Natascha maintains her consistent pace and tone as she gives listeners Magnusson’s gentle suggestion to examine our possessions and determine what we need and what we don’t, downsizing and decluttering as we go. Magnusson also talks about family relationships, good and/or bad. All the stages of Magnusson’s life are discussed, including her children and beloved late husband. McElhone’s polished Swedish accent and appealing presentation give listeners a multifaceted look at the author and the art of aging well."