How Does Life Get Better After 50? You Tell Us!

The year I turned 50, I notched my fastest time ever in the Sea Gull Century – a yearly 100-mile bike ride on Maryland’s Eastern Shore that I had tackled for more than a decade. Was I a lean, mean cycling machine that year? Far from it! (See team jersey, right.) Rather, I think it took me that long to develop the mental toughness not to let the ride’s length intimidate me. “Hmm,” I thought, admiring my total time – …

Woman on Fire: Louise Penny Hits #1

How should a red-blooded American editor react when the Canadian queen of the murder mystery throws herself in his lap? If you’re me (left) and the setting is New York’s Book Expo last June, you get over your shock fast enough to plant a big, sloppy kiss on novelist Louise Penny’s cheek (see mortifying evidence below). Book buyers did much the same thing on Sunday the 15th, when they elevated Penny’s ninth Inspector Gamache thriller — the cerebral and satisfying …

Linda Ronstadt Discloses Her Battle With Parkinson’s Disease

Legendary singer Linda Ronstadt, 67, told AARP today that she “can’t sing a note” because she suffers from Parkinson’s disease. Diagnosed eight months ago, Ronstadt began to show symptoms as long as eight years ago. But she ascribed her inability to sing to a tick bite (“my health has never recovered since then”), and believed the shaking in her hands resulted from shoulder surgery. In a wide-ranging interview with AARP’s music writer Alanna Nash, Ronstadt revealed how she discovered that …

Rick Atkinson Plans to Refight the Revolutionary War

Rick Atkinson’s Guns at Last Light has topped bestseller lists since May. It was the third volume in the “Liberation Trilogy,” his epic history of World War II, and now the two-time Pulitzer winner has reupped for another conflict: the Revolutionary War. Atkinson, 60 (left), spent a grueling 15 years researching and writing the three WWII books (which now have a combined 900,000 copies in print). But “the American Revolution has always had a grip on my imagination,” he says. …

Are You a Papadaddy?

Clyde Edgerton is a funny guy. Funny ha-ha, not funny weird: His first two comic novels – Raney (1985) and Walking Across Egypt (1987) – are those rare works of literature that make you genuinely LOL. So when I learned that Edgerton has just published a parenting guide, of all things, I expected to get a few laughs. What I could not have anticipated was that his Papadaddy’s Book for New Fathers: Advice to Dads of All Ages would make me …