Thorndike Press

This Chair Rocks: A Manifesto Against Ageism

  • Ashton Applewhite
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  • ISBN-10: 1410494861
  • ISBN-13: 9781410494863
  • DDC: 155.67
  • Shipping Weight: 1.30 lbs ( .59 kgs)
  • 460 Pages | Hardcover
  • Published/Released October 2016



From childhood on, we're barraged by messages that it's sad to be old. That wrinkles are embarrassing, and old people useless. Author and activist Ashton Applewhite believed them too until she realized where this prejudice comes from and the damage it does. Lively, funny, and deeply researched, This Chair Rocks traces Applewhite's journey from apprehensive boomer to pro-aging radical, and in the process debunks myth after myth about late life. The book explains the roots of ageism in history and in our own age denial and how it divides and debases, examines how ageist myths and stereotypes cripple the way our brains and bodies function, looks at ageism in the workplace and the bedroom, exposes the cost of the all-American myth of independence, critiques the portrayal of olders as burdens to society, describes what an all-age-friendly world would look like, and concludes with a rousing call to action.


Customer Reviews

“. . . a lively, entertaining book . . . (Applewhite’s) humor, high-energy writing, and emphasis on postive ways to view and experience age contribute to making this a valuable resource . . . and an enjoyable read.”

— Library Journal (starred)