The Avid Reader is pleased to welcome author Dierdre Wolownick and her recently published memoir, The Sharp End of Life: A Mother's Story, in-store on Friday, May 17th at 7:30 p.m.
More about The Sharp End of Life:
Dierdre’s memoir recounts two eras of her life. The first covers growing up with limited opportunities in a Polish–American family in New York and surviving a difficult, isolating marriage while raising her daughter Stasia and son Alex. The second focuses on becoming an athlete in her late 50s. Initially inspired by her children, her interest in climbing was piqued by wanting to better understand her son’s world (free soloist Alex Honnold).
However, since that time she has become a committed climber in her own right with climbing goals, regular training, and a close community of friends that share her interest. At age 66 climbing with her son (and ropes!) she became the oldest women to summit Yosemite’s El Capitan in 2017. She considers herself an average, but active older adult and credits climbing and other outdoor activities with empowering her to create an active, healthy, independent, and fulfilling lifestyle for herself.
Dierdre hopes her story inspires other middle-aged to senior adults, who have faced similar life challenges, to transform their lives through sports and the outdoors. Her core belief is that it’s never too late to change your life for the better and you’re never too old to try something new.
More about Dierdre Wolownick:
Dierdre Wolownick was born in New York City and has lived and worked in many parts of the world. She recently retired from American River College, near her home in Carmichael, California, where she taught French, Spanish, and ESL. She continues to be a motivational speaker and a performing musician.