This new book, titled The Secret of the Living: How to Survive and Celebrate Life Beyond 60, comes from author David Foster Wallace.
It is a compilation of interviews with people who have lived through the best and worst times in their lives, Wallace said.
It’s not a book about longevity or death.
The book focuses on those who survived past age 60, including former President Bill Clinton, who had a successful battle against Alzheimer’s disease.
Here’s what you need to know about the book.
What is a ‘Living’ life?
In the book, Wallace describes what a life beyond 60 looks like, and how it differs from a life without any particular physical or mental impediments.
A ‘living’ life means a life with a regular job, stable housing and a stable income.
Wallace described his own life, which he wrote with his wife, Julie, and their two children.
In one conversation, Wallace mentioned a book he read once, a memoir by former actress Jessica Simpson.
“It’s an autobiography of her life in Hollywood,” he said.
“And it’s a very good memoir.”
He described a life where he got divorced and had to get a new job as a waitress, and the relationship with his family was strained.
“But it’s hard not to think of it as a life,” he wrote.
“When you’ve had a couple of bad years and a lot of bad choices, the whole thing comes back around and you find a way to bounce back.”
The author’s daughter, Rebecca, was born after he married her.
Rebecca is now 80.
She has a healthy relationship with her mother, but the two have had many arguments.
Rebecca’s mother was in her 80s when Wallace wrote the book and is now 92.
“She would cry if it was the book that she wanted to read, and I would say, ‘You know, I’ll read it,’ ” Wallace said in a phone interview.
“What’s the most surprising thing I’ve learned about my life?” “
Wallace said, laughing. “
What’s the most surprising thing I’ve learned about my life?”
Wallace said, laughing.
“That I am alive and well and I’m not dying.”
For more on Wallace, watch the video above.
What else does Wallace have to say about life?
“What you do is decide what you want to do,” he told a gathering of his literary peers at the annual New York Public Library book festival in January.
“If you want a career, you want one.
If you want something better, you can’t get it.
Wallace’s last book, The Pale King, came out in 2014. “
The most surprising and extraordinary thing I have learned about myself is that I’m still alive.”
Wallace’s last book, The Pale King, came out in 2014.
“He’s an extremely creative person,” said David Waskow, a longtime literary agent who works with Wallace.
“People have gotten to a point where they know what he’s about, and he has been able to hold that for as long as he’s lived.”