The Sharp End of Life by Dierdre Wolownick audiobook

The Sharp End of Life: A Mother’s Story

By Dierdre Wolownick
Read by Ann Richardson

Blackstone Publishing 9781680512427

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781982697655

  • ISBN: 9781982697648

  • ISBN: 9781982697662

Runtime: 9.75 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

Wife and mother. Teacher and musician. Marathoner and rock climber. At sixty-six, Dierdre Wolownick-Honnold became the oldest woman to climb El Capitan in Yosemite—and in The Sharp End of Life: A Mother’s Story, she shares her intimate journey, revealing how her climbing achievement reflects a broader story of courage and persistence.

Dierdre grew up under the watchful eyes of a domineering mother and realized early on that her parents’ plans for her future weren’t what she wanted for herself. Later, what seemed like a storybook romance brought escape, with new experiences and eye-opening travel, but she quickly discovered that her husband was not the happy-go-lucky man he had first appeared. Adapting as best she could, Dierdre juggled work and raising two young children, encouraging them to be fearlessly confident. She noted with delight how her “little lady” Stasia took it upon herself to look out for her baby brother, and watched in amazement as Alex started climbing practically before he could crawl.

After years of struggle in her marriage and her ultimate divorce, Dierdre found inspiration in her now-adult children’s passions, as well as new depths within herself. At Stasia’s urging, she took up running at age fifty-four and soon completed several marathons. Then at age fifty-eight, Alex led her on her first rock climbs. A world of friendship and support suddenly opened up to her within the climbing “tribe,” culminating in her record-setting ascent of El Cap with her son.

From confused young wife and busy but lonely mother to confident middle-aged athlete, Dierdre brings the listener along as she finds new strength, happiness, and community in the outdoors—and a life of learning, acceptance, and spirit.

Editorial Reviews

Editorial Reviews

“The author proves that age is just a number and that determination and grit can take a person to unexpected heights.” Kirkus Reviews

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Author

Author Bio: Dierdre Wolownick

Author Bio: 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.

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Details

Details

Available Formats : CD, Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Biography
Runtime: 9.75
Audience: Adult
Language: English