Publications About Building Community, Aging, Women & Friendships

(on my bookshelf)



Publications organized by Topic. Click links to purchase on Amazon.

Topic: Building Community, Housing

Making Your Community Livable for All Ages by National Association of Area Agencies on Aging

Baker, Beth. With a Little Help from Our Friends: Creating Community As We Grow Older.  Vanderbilt University Press. April 2014.

Block, Peter. Community: The Structure of Belonging. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler, 2008.

Buck, John and Sharon Villines. We the People, A Guide to Sociocratic Principles and Method. Washington D.C.: Press, 2007. (We the People describes a new method of governing ourselves that creates more inclusive and efficient organizations.)

Bush, Karen, Louise Machinist and Jean McQuillin. My House Our House: Living Far Better for Far Less in a Cooperative Household. Pittsburgh: St. Lynn’s Press, 2013.

Chiras, Dan and Dave Wann.  Superberbia! 31 Ways to Create Sustainable Neighborhoods. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2003.

Christian, Diana Leafe. Creating a Life Together: Practical Tools to Grow Ecovillages and Intentional Communities.Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2003.

Christian, Diana Leafe. Finding Community: How to Join an Ecovillage or Intentional Community. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2007.

Durrett, Charles. The Senior Cohousing Handbook: A Community Approach to Independent Living. 2nd edition. Gabriola Island, BC: New Society Publishers, 2009.

Durrett, Charles. Cohousing: A Contemporary Approach to Housing Ourselves. Berkeley: Ten Speed Press, 1988.

Orsi, Janelle and Emily Drucker. The Sharing Solution: How to Save Money, Simplify Your Life and Build Community. Berkeley: Nolo Press, 2009.

Pluhar, Annamarie. Sharing Housing: A Guidebook for Finding and Keeping Good Housemates. Peterborough NH: Bauhan Publishing, 2011.

Shaffer, Carolyn and Kristin Anundsen. Creating Community Anywhere, Finding Support and Connection in a Fragmented World.  New York: Tarcher/Putnam, 1994.

Wann, David. Reinventing Community: Stories from the Walkways of Cohousing. Golden, CO: Fulcrum Press, 2005.

Topic: Aging

Bolen, Jean Shinoda. Crones Don’t Whine. Boston: Conari Press, 2003.

Cohen, Gene, MD, PhD. The Creative Age: Awakening Human Potential in the Second Half of Life. New York: Avon Books, 2000.

Dass, Ram. Still Here: Embracing Aging, Changing and Dying. New York: Penguin Books, 2000.

Lawrence-Lightfoot, Sara. The Third Chapter: Passion, Risk & Adventure in the 25 Years After 50. New York: Sarah Crichton Books, 2009.

Leider, Richard, and David Shapiro. Claiming Your Place at the Fire: Living the Second Half of Your Life on Purpose. San Francisco: Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2004.

Levine, Suzanne Braun. Inventing the Rest of Our Lives. New York: Penguin Books, 2006.

Luke, Helen. Old Age: Journey into Simplicity. Gt. Barrington MA: Lindisfarne Books, 2010.

Pipher, Mary PhD. Another Country: Navigating the Emotional Terrain of Our Elders. New York: Riverhead Books, 1999.

Ruiz, Don Miguel. The Four Agreements: A Practical Guide to Personal Freedom. San Rafael CA: Amber-Allen Publishing, Inc., 1997 and 2012.

Sadler, William, PhD, and James Krefft, PhD. Changing Course…Navigating Life After 50. The Center for Third Age Leadership Press, 2007.

Schachter-Shalomi, Zalman and Ronald Miller. From Age-ing to Sage-ing: A New Vision of Growing Older. New York: Warner Books, 1995.

Stephanie, Marohn. Audacious Aging. Santa Rosa CA: Elite Books, 2009.

Thomas, William MD. What are Old People For? How Elders Will Save the World. Acton MA: VanderWyk and Burnham, 2004.

Topic: Women & Aging & Friendship

Carnes, Robin Deen and Sally Craig. Sacred Circles, A Guide to Creating Your Own Women’s Spirituality Group. New York: HarperSanFrancisco, 1998.

Mazer, Gwen with portraits by Christine Alicino. Wise Talk, Wild Women. San Francisco: Council Oak Books, 2007.

Morgaine, Morgana. Borderless Broads. New Adventures for the Midlife Woman., 2011.

Shapiro, Patricia Gottlieb. Heart to Heart: Deepening Women’s Friendships at Midlife. Berkeley: Berkeley Books, 2001.

Wheatley, Margaret. Turning to One Another: Simple Conversations to Restore Hope to the Future. San Francisco, Berrett-Koehler Publishers, Inc., 2009.


Women For Living in Community