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Front Royal Women's Resource Center and Royal Oak Bookshop co-sponsor donations to Samuels Public Library that are by or about women. Nan Hathaway, Book Donation Sponsor & Coordinator, chooses our books each year. Thank you Nan!

We highlight one of these books every third week each month. Our 2020 Book Reviews and Commentaries are provided by JoEllen McNeal. Thank you JoEllen!

Great Second Acts: In Praise of Older Women

By Marlene Wagman-Geller


These bold women are proof that the rest of your life can be the best of your life.

-Louise Harmon, author of Happiness A to Z


Anthony said of Cleopatra, “Age cannot wither her, nor custom stale her infinite variety.” Shakespeare’s sentiment can be applied to the amazing women in Marlene Warman Geller’s book, Great Second Acts, who refused to be defined by the dates on their birth certificates.  Their lives serve as testimony that one can be feisty after fifty and to those who think otherwise, in the words of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, “I dissent.”


Here are profiled twenty-eight bold women who refused to go gently into their twilight years.  Discover how Chef Julia Child changed the way America ate, what inspired Mother Teresa to serve, and how Rita Moreno transformed from penniless immigrant to queen of the silver screen.  Great Second Acts presents a fascinating collection of biographical vignettes of dozens of ladies of a certain age who marched to their own drum beat and left an indelible imprint in the fields of art, politics, science, mathematics, media, literature, activism and education.  From actresses to writers to business women, these exceptional individuals prove that women can achieve anything regardless of their age.  Older women do not need rocking chairs – they rock.


Marlene Wagman-Geller received her Bachelor of Arts Degree from New York University and her teaching credentials from the University of Toronto and San Diego State University.  Currently, she taches high school English in National City, California.  Reviews from her first three books have appeared in the New York Timesand dozens of newspapers such as The Denver Post, the Huffington Post, and the Chicago Tribune.

2020 October Book Commentary