Love, Life & Lucille

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A book review of Love, Life & Lucille: Lessons Learned from a Centenarian by Judy Gaman

A book review of Love, Life & Lucille: Lessons Learned from a Centenarian by Judy Gaman

Stars: *****

She Writes Press (2020)
Biography
379 pages

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Summary: Judy Gaman was so busy making a name for herself that she barely took the time to meet a stranger, enjoy life, or simply stop to breathe. Immersed in her job as the director of business development for a high-profile medical practice―a job that required her to write health and wellness books and host a nationally syndicated radio show―she spent every day going full speed ahead with no looking back. That is, until the day she met Lucille Fleming.

While writing a book on longevity, Judy interviewed Lucille, an elegant and spirited woman who had just recently turned 100. Lucille had the fashion and style of old Hollywood, but it was all hidden behind the doors of her assisted living center. What began as a quick meeting became a lasting friendship that transformed into an inseparable bond. Lucille brought incredible wisdom and great stories to the table, while Judy provided an avenue for excitement and new opportunities. Together, the two began living life to the fullest, and meeting the most interesting people along the way (including Suzanne Somers). But then Lucille’s life came to an end through unexpected and unfortunate circumstances―and the very first lesson she ever taught Judy proved to be the most important one of all.

Love, Life & Lucille

I’ve never met anyone who made it to age 100 and so the concept of this book sounded very interesting. I wanted to know what the secret to longevity is but also just to hear stories from someone who lived way before I was born.

Lucille is such a character. She is the farthest thing from the stereotypical “boring old person” that some people think the elderly are. Lucille reminds you that the seniors in your life have stories to tell and they have lived through things you’ve only read in history books. She will inspire you to ask the seniors in your life for THEIR stories.

Judy and Lucille’s bond is like no other. What started out as an interview for a book turned out to be so much more. They end up as close as family and Judy learns a great deal along the way.

This is a BEAUTIFUL book and would make a great read, especially if you don’t have any seniors in your life or they live far away or have dementia and you can’t sit around and listen to their stories. But just make sure not to abandon any seniors in your life, even if they aren’t as lively as Lucille.

If you want to know the secret to longevity, I’m not telling. You’ll have to read the book, and you WILL enjoy it.

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About Kathleen

I've been a nonfiction lover for as long as I can remember. I love children's nonfiction as well and love to share my knowledge and the books I gained them from, with the world. I wish more people would give nonfiction a chance.

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